Pac-Man [Upright model] [No. 932]

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The [Coin-Op] Arcade Video Game by Midway Mfg. Co. [Schiller Park, IL, USA]

 
DESCRIPTION
 
[Coin-Op] Arcade Video Game

Pac-Man © 1980 Midway Mfg. Co.


Export release by Bally/Midway for North America. Game developed by Namco and originally known as Puckman in Japan. For more information about the game itself, please see the original Japanese release entry, "Puckman [Upright model]".
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Pac-Man [Upright model] [No. 932] machine
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Pac-Man [Upright model] [No. 932] machine
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Upright model
Game No. 932
TRIVIA
 
Pac-Man was released in October 1980 in North America by Bally/Midway, under license from Namco. 96,000 units were produced in America.

Reportedly, when Bally/Midway obtained the rights to Pac-Man, Namco was offering four different games, which ended up being licensed to Game Plan and Bally/Midway. Game Plan's Ken Anderson reports that he and Bally's Dave Marofske flipped a coin to see who would get first crack at the games. Game Plan won and chose a tank game (which they released as "Tank Battalion") over Pac-Man. The other game they got was released as "King & Balloon". Bally/Midway, meanwhile, took Pac-Man and "Rally X".

The game's cult status in the early 80's was such that it inspired a hit song by 'Buckner and Garcia' called 'Pac-Man Fever', released in 1982 on the album of the same name.

The game also spawned a virtual cottage industry of best-selling how-to books strategy guides on how to beat the game by using patterns with names like the "Bazo's Breaker", the "Donut Dazzler" and the "GET pattern" (named after the first initials of the members of a team of players from Davis, California: George Huang, Ed Bazo, and Tom Fertado).

A Pac-Man unit appears in the movie 'Getting There', in the 1982 movie 'Jekyll & Hyde - Together Again', in the 1982 movie 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High', in the 1983 movie 'WarGames', in the 1983 movie 'Joysticks', in the 1983 movie 'Koyaanisqatsi - Life out of Balance', in the 1985 movie 'The Heavenly Kid', in the 1985 movie 'Better Off Dead', and in the 1986 movie 'The Color of Money'.

A Pac-Man unit appears in the pilot of Season One of 'The A-Team'. It is where Amy (Melinda Culea) meets Murdock (Dwight Schultz) for the first time.

MB (Milton Bradley) released a board game based on this video game in 1982 (Pac-Man Game, 'As Much Fun as the Action Packed Arcade Game of the Same Name'). In this board game, the dots in the maze are represented by white marbles. There are also yellow marbles representing the power pills in the maze. There are also two ghosts pawns of the same color in the game. The object is to roll the dice and move your Pac-Man playing piece around the maze gobbling up as many marbles as you can using the count on one die, and move either ghost pawn using the count on the other die. There are yellow dots imprinted on the game board to lay out the path each character must take; these dots do not count as spaces. Use the ghosts to try to catch your opponents. When this happens, that opponent is sent back home and surrenders two marbles to the player who moved the ghost. If a Pac-Man gobbles up a yellow marble, that player earns the right to gobble a ghost. When this happens, the gobbled ghost is returned to the ghost pen, the player takes two marbles away from any opponent, and the player's yellow marble is returned to the gameboard. Once the maze is cleared of white marbles, the game is over and the player with the most white marbles (yellow marbles do not count) is the winner.

'Pac-Man' is also the nickname of the Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao. The two-time world champion earned the distinction as the only boxer who has knocked down both future Mexican 'Hall of Famer' Marco Antonio 'Baby Face Assassin' Barrera (knocked out in 11th round) and Erik 'El Terrible' Morales (knocked out in 10th round). Pacquiao has been on the top 10 list of the best 'pound-for-pound' fighters in the world.

In the multi-racial country of Malaysia, 'Pac-Man' is a slang term coined to describe men who only date ladies of other races.

The name 'Pac-Man' has been given to a nebula, cataloged as NGC 281. The Pac-Man Nebula is an H II region in the constellation of Cassiopeia. It includes or is near the open cluster IC 1590, the double star HD 5005, and several Bok globules. The shape of the nebula resembles the famous video game icon, Pac-Man. It is visible in amateur telescopes from dark sky locations.

The Cassini Robotic spacecraft (Cassini-Huygens) were captured images during a close pass to the moon of Saturn named 'Mimas', and collected by the composite infrared spectrometer (CIRS). The images show the fluctuating temperatures experienced by Mimas. The combined map with this images form a shape of this character Pac-Man.

On May 21, 2010, to celebrate Pac-Man's 30th Anniversary, Google, the famous internet search engine, has created the first ever interactive Doodle! This doodle allowed people to play Pac-Man on the home page (at the place of the original logo).
UPDATES
 
Midway's new revision program for Pac-Man was released in December 1981, the new program increases the difficulty of the game and adds a new challenge to players already familiar with the original.
PORTS
 
NOTE: Only ports released in North America are listed here. For ports released in other regions, please see the original Namco (Japanese version) upright entry.

Consoles:


Bally Astrocade usa "Muncher"
Emerson Arcadia usa "Gobbler"
Atari 2600 usa (1981) "Pac-Man [Model CX2646]"
Atari 5200 usa (1982) "Pac-Man [Model CX5208]"
Mattel Intellivision usa (1983) "Pac-Man [Model 70251]"
Nintendo NES usa (1987) by Tengen
Nintendo NES usa (November 1993) "Pac-Man [Model NES-P7]"
Sony PlayStation usa (July 31, 1996) "Namco Museum Vol.1 [Model SLUS-00215]"
Nintendo 64 usa (October 31, 1999) "Namco Museum 64 [Model NUS-NNME-USA]"
Sega Dreamcast usa (June 25, 2000) "Namco Museum [Model T-1403N]"
Sony PlayStation 2 usa (December 4, 2001) "Namco Museum [Model SLUS-20273]"
Microsoft XBOX usa (October 9, 2002) "Namco Museum"
Nintendo GameCube usa (October 9, 2002) "Namco Museum [Model DOL-GNME-USA]"
Sony PlayStation 2 usa (August 30, 2005) "Namco Museum - 50th Anniversary [Model SLUS-21164]"
Microsoft XBOX usa (August 30, 2005) "Namco Museum - 50th Anniversary [Model NMO-2201A-NM]"
Nintendo GameCube usa (August 30, 2005) "Namco Museum - 50th Anniversary [Model DOL-G5NE-USA]"
Microsoft XBOX 360 [XBLA] usa (August 9, 2006)
Microsoft XBOX 360 [XBLA] usa (November 4, 2008) "Namco Museum - Virtual Arcade [Model 21022]"
Sony PlayStation 3 usa (July 16, 2009) "Namco Museum Essentials [Model NPUB-30086]"
Nintendo Wii usa (November 16, 2010) "Namco Museum Megamix"
Sony PlayStation 3 [PSN] usa (February 25, 2014) "Pac-Man Museum [Model NPUB-31383]"
Microsoft XBOX 360 [XBLA] usa (February 26, 2014) "Pac-Man Museum"

Handhelds:


Sega Game Gear usa (1991) "Pac-Man [Model T-14018]"
Nintendo Game Boy usa (April 1991) "Pac-Man [Model DMG-PC-USA]"
SNK Neo-Geo Pocket Color usa (July 31, 1999) "Pac-Man [Model NEOP00551]"
Nintendo Game Boy Color usa (August 1999) "Pac-Man - Special Color Edition [Model DMG-AACE-USA]"
Nintendo Game Boy Advance usa (July 12, 2001) "Pac-Man Collection [Model AGB-APCE-USA]"
Sony PSP usa (August 23, 2005) "Namco Museum Battle Collection [Model ULUS-10035]"
Nintendo DS usa (September 18, 2007) "Namco Museum DS [Model NTR-YNME-USA]"
Nintendo 3DS usa (July 26, 2011) "Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions [Model CTR-APGE-USA]"

Computers:


Tandy Color Computer usa (1981) "Pac-Tac"
Atari 400 usa (1982)
Atari 800 usa (1982) "Pac-Man [Model CXL4022]"
Commodore VIC-20 usa (1982)
PC [Booter] usa (1982) "PC-Man"
Tandy Color Computer usa (1982) "Ghost Gobbler"
Tandy Color Computer usa (1982) "Pack Maze"
Apple II usa (1983)
Commodore C64 usa (1983) by Thunder Mountain
Commodore C64 usa (1983) "Pac-Man [Model RX8502]"
PC [Booter] usa (1983)
PC [Booter] usa (1983) "Ascii Man", a part of the "Friendlyware PC Arcade" suite
PC [MS-DOS] usa (1983)
Tandy Color Computer usa (1983) "Pac Jaws"
Tandy Color Computer usa (1983) "Pac-Tac II"
Texas Instruments TI-99/4A usa (1983) "Pac-Man [Model RX8500]"
Tandy Color Computer usa (1990) "Pac-Dude"
Apple II GS usa (1992) "Pac Man GS"
Apple Macintosh usa (1992) "Mac-Man"
PC [MS Windows 95, CD-ROM] usa (1995) "Mac-Man", part of "Windows Arcade Pack"
PC [MS Windows 95, 3.5"] usa (March 31, 1996) "Microsoft Return of Arcade"
Tandy Color Computer 3 usa (1997)
PC [MS-DOS] usa (1997) "Champ Pac-Em" - CHAMProgramming
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] usa (2000) "Microsoft Return of Arcade Anniversary Edition"
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] usa (October 25, 2005) "Namco Museum - 50th Anniversary"
PC [MS Windows, Online] usa (2009) "Namco All Stars: Pac-Man and Dig Dug" by WildTangent Games
Apple iPhone/iPad usa (March 31, 2010) "Pac-Man for iPad [Model 363297482]"
PC [MS Windows, Online] usa (August 4, 2010) "Namco All-Stars: PAC-MAN" by WildTangent Games
Steam usa (February 25, 2014) "Pac-Man Museum [Model 236470]"

Others:


VFD handheld game usa (1981) by Coleco.
LCD handheld game usa (1992) by Micro Games of America
Arcade usa (1996) "Namco Classics Collection Vol.2"
LCD handheld color game usa (1999) released by Micro Games of America
Arcade usa (2000) "Ms. Pac-Man/Galaga - 20th Anniversary Class of 1981 Reunion" as a hidden game.
Namco Classics TV game usa (2003) by Jakks Pacific
Mobile Phones usa (June 13, 2003)
Arcade usa (2005) "Pac-Man - 25th Anniversary Edition"
Super Pac-Man TV game usa (2006) by Jakks Pacific
Arcade Gold featuring Pac-Man usa (2007) by Jakks Pacific
Retro Arcade featuring Pac-Man usa (2008) by Jakks Pacific
Apple iPhone/iPod usa (July 9, 2008) "Pac-Man [Model 281656475]"
Android Market usa (September 23, 2008)
BlackBerry usa (June 30, 2009) "Pac-Man [Model 967]"
Android usa (January 11, 2010)
Windows Mobile usa (March 15, 2010)
Apple iPhone/iPod usa (March 31, 2010) "Pac-Man for iPad [Model 363297482]"
Arcade usa (2010) "Pac-Man's Arcade Party"
Android Market usa (2011)
Pac-Man Connect and Play usa (2012) by Bandai
Apple iPhone/iPod usa (March 13, 2012) "Namco Arcade [Model 465606050]"
Android Market usa (April 6, 2012) by Namco Networks America
Android usa (March 22, 2013) "Pac-Man + Tournaments"
SOURCES
 
Game's ROM.
Game's picture.

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