The first-ever Pacman 30th Anniversary game was available on arcade in Japan on May 22nd and in the U.S. on July 13th, 1980. It’s a maze game full of monsters eating dots, running away from the player who is trying to eat them all. This game came out for most Nintendo consoles and many other consoles as well; today, it’s a popular mobile game with over 100 million downloads worldwide.
A lot of other versions of the game were developing in the past, such as PacLand, PacMania, Super PacMania, Pac & Pal, and more.
The main character’s name is Pacman, and his love interest is Ms. Pacman
The game was available because of the Toru Iwatani, and the music we like to enjoy was due to Toshio Kai.
The original idea came to Iwatani when he saw a pizza with a slice missing. The missing slice reminded him of himself because he felt like something was missing in his life. So, it was his decision to create a character that gives the feeling of the same way (Iwatani 2006).
The name Pacman was a creation of his wife’s brother-in-law, Masaya Nakamura. The name was born because the game “was like eating a hamburger.”
The music for the game was what the Japanese musician and composer Mieko Ishikawa (Iwatani 2006).
Iwatani came up with the idea of playing as Pacman and going through a maze to eat all of the dots. He proposed this idea to Namco, and they agreed to it (“Pacman”).
Mr. Iwatani was limited in some aspects due to the hardware limitations of the Atari 2600.
They had to make the game cartoonish because the system could not render a 3D environment.
The main character’s costume was available due to Iwatani; however, Namco’s designer, Naoto Ohshima, was responsible for giving the Pacman 30th Anniversary his iconic look (Iwatani 2006).
The first-ever game that was available on the Atari 2600 was Pong. The second one was Tanks and Warriors, and then Pacman came out (“Pacman”).
While playing this video game, sometimes people were getting the addiction. It is a common reality that it is an addictive game as a lot of people can play it for hours at a time (“Pacman”).
It was a big hit and able to earn a revenue of $1 billion (Mayles 2009).
Pacman became the best-selling arcade game of all time (“Pacman”).
Pacman’s name was created by someone related to Iwatani’s wife’s family (“Pacman”).
It was available due to Namco and was available for playing as an arcade game.
The soundtracks were available because of Ishikawa Mieko, an employee of the Namco music team (Iwatani 2006).
Some people were getting the addiction to this game. Thus, you can say that it was an addictive game as a lot of people can play it for hours at a time (“Pacman”).
It became the best-selling arcade game of all time and sold over 300,000 arcade machines over the course of its lifetime (Mayles 2009).
The Pacman character was created by Toru Iwatani (Iwatani 2006)
This video game was available due to Toru Iwatani, and the music we enjoy is because of Toshio Kai.
Its name comes from the original Japanese name Paku-man, which is a combination of Pakuranger and man. This is noted in the instruction manual that resembles a nursery rhyme. (“Pacman”)
The Japanese name of this video game is Pac-man (Iwatani 2006).
This video game was available at Midway Manufacturing Co., where it was available because of a programmer who’s name is Bob Whitehead. (“Pacman”).
The character’s name came from the Japanese name “Paku-man,” which is a combination of Pakuranger and man. Also, this is noted in the instruction manual resembling a nursery rhyme (Iwatani 2006).
This arcade game has many versions and ports to other systems, such as the Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Colecovision, Intellivision, NES, Super NES, Playstation, and more.
In total, you can see more than 80 versions of Pacman 30th Anniversary made (Mayles 2009), and at least 100 different versions are available for mobile devices (Aun 2017).