Running away from ghosts is the main objective of the 1980’s arcade classic Pac-Man. Each game includes Pac-Man eating Pac-Dots, fruits and dark blue ghosts in order to gain points. There is a lot more that is not commonly known about the game. For example, did you know that the game is designed to have no end? Learn more fun facts about this classic arcade game.
Ghosts: There are four Ghosts in Pac-man: Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde. Each ghost was designed to have their own personality and behaviors. Blinky, the red ghost, acts like a shadow and chases Pac-Man. The pink ghost is fast and aims to be in front of Pac-Man at all times, while the orange ghost’s personality is described as “pokey” and behavior is random. Inky is bashful and tends to be found near Pinky.
Level 256: If you have the skill and make it to Level 256, then you know what happens. Pac-Man was designed to never have an ending until you get to Level 256. At this level the screen splits and a bug corrupts the right half of the screen displaying random symbols and dots. Due to the bug, you cannot eat enough Pac-Dots to beat the level, thus causing the game to end at Level 256.
High Score: In order to achieve the perfect Pac-Man score, one must eat every possible dot, energizer, fruit, and ghost without losing a life on the first 255 levels and on the 256 use all of their extra lives to gain as many points as possible. If this is completed, then your total score would be 3,333,360 points. The first person to do this was in 1999 and took almost 6 hours to beat the game. As of 2019, 7 other players have reached the maximum scored with the fastest completion being 3 hours and 28 minutes.
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