About the Game
Pacman is one of the legendary game, franchise, and a character in the history of pop-culture. Pac-Man is a popular arcade game which is primarily designed by Toru Iwatani from Namco, released in 1980 in Japan. It was earlier named as Puck-Man. At earlier, the game was popular among women and then it just went on and become the rage for people around the world. It became one of the most popular arcade games including Space Invaders and Asteroids. It is also considered one of the highest-grossing video game of all time.
The very design of the game is quite simplistic but constructed as a maze occupied by consecutive dots which is known as ‘Pac-dots’. You will also see Pac-man, the protagonist, the emoji face with a big mouth is up against four-colored ghosts such as Blinky, Pinky, Clyde, and Inky. The ghosts are hovering around chasing you/ the Pacman in the game. Then, there are four flashing power pellets around the corners of the maze which gives a temporary power to Pacman as he can now eat those monsters. In the vulnerable state, the four ghosts become blinking blue for a while. If they come in contact with Pacman in the blue state, they will be eaten and return to their center box where their life will be revived again. Except for that condition, Pacman must avoid the contact with any of these four ghosts during collecting all the dots.
Gameplay with Pacman is simple but yet based on an algorithm which takes a learning curve on the players but not for playing but for winning. The rules of the game are quite clear and obvious. You as a Pacman are supposed to eat all the dots distributed in the maze, avoiding any contact with those multi-color ghosts who are chasing you. You are supposed to understand their way of movement, pattern, and limitations. Get the flashing big power pellets to turn the tables and go up against the blue-turned ghosts, eat them up to get some more scores and also try to eat as much dots you can in that time. You will also see some fruits appearing in the middle of the game, they usually come around two times in a game which gives power scores of 100- 5,000 points. It depends upon its color and which fruit it is. Each ghost has its own personality and traits which they follow.
Tips to Play
1. You have to realize that the game works on a certain algorithm which means a set of patterns. You are smarter than that. Try to read the patterns of the movements of those ghosts, their distinctive style, speed, an area they wander and much more to develop your own game every time.
2. With few games understanding and observing, you will be capable to tackle them or confuse them. The fun part is, once you notice their movements, you will come to know that they are not actually chasing you, it seems like that because their movements have been fixated or in the loop. The algorithm is really smart, so it kept on changing it but with that, you can beat them. You can learn their movement from the ZipZapMan website ideal for Pacman games and also give graphical insight about their movements.
Where to Play Pacman
There are various websites you can play the classic game ‘ Pacman’ and even now there are different versions of the game are available. Some are like really far fetched from the originals which can be good or bad either considering what you are looking for. There are websites like FreePacMan, GamesCaptain, Free80sArcade and many more but the most simplistic, ad-free and focussed website will be ZipZapMan.Com. They only have ideal Pacman classic games and few versions of it which were also popular around. They do not have fan-based games or something like that to crowd it.
Also, the learning section in the game will guide you about the movements of the various ghosts in the game. Very few websites clearly have mentioned these details. There is the graphical representation of it so you won’t be get jumbled with words in the ‘ How to play Pac-man ‘. You can see the path, pattern, and frequency of their movement in the maze. So you can notice it and apprehend in your gameplay strategy. Don’t try to act it out so strongly. Just try to understand and it will naturally help you to go through.