In 1980 a little known distributor by the name of Midway released a game destined to become one of the greatest arcade classics of all time. Developed by Namco, Pacman is a maze game in which a player navigates Pacman, a yellow figure, through a maze eating pills and avoiding ghosts.
Pacman has undeniably had a significant impact on the video game industry. Until Pacman, video games were almost exclusively "Space Shooters" - games in which a player controls a space craft that has to shoot something. Pacman was the first game to break out of that model and be incredibly successful. Since then, video games have diversified considerably and continuously branch out into new and creative areas.
The name Pacman is derived from the Japanese phrase Pakupaku which loosely translates into "he eats, he eats". In fact, the game was originally released under the name Puck Man in Japan, but when the game was picked up by Midway to be released in the US the name was changed to Pacman for fear of vandalism that could potentially be inflicted by Americans in arcades and will include scratching the P into an F in the Japanese name "Puck Man".
The first known "perfect Pacman game", in which a player must complete all 255 levels, collect all the bonuses and never be caught by a ghost, was played by Billy Mitchell in 1999. Billy set the record at a local arcade in New Hampshire while employing a strategy of improvising throughout the 6 hours of game play and not using any repeating patterns or tactics. The final score was 3,333,360.
Pacman Talks takes you into a world of fast movement and suspense with rich dynamic sound effects and many wonderful and unusual voices. This highly addictive game is as exciting as the video arcade game of the eighties. It has all the things you want, a full audio menu with game sounds described, hot keys to tell you what's going on around you, twenty four levels and a high score standings list.
The developers have taken extra care for the sound (and feel) of the original PacMan. The player is greeted with a compilation intro featuring the original PacMan sounds and Buckner&Garcia's 80's hit record PacMan Fever. Pacman Talks has simple rules, You're Pacman, running from ghosts, and earning points by eating dots, super power pills and bonus objects. When powerful, you can scare those ghosts. But when your power is normal and get caught by a ghost, you lose a life, and go back to where you started. When you eat all the dots on a level, you go on to the next one where the ghosts get faster, smarter and harder to scare. When you lose all your lives, the game is over,
You can download the demo through the link below, allowing you to play the first level of Pacman Talks. If you decide to purchase it, you will receive a registration key from the game vendor which can be entered when you start the game. This will allow you to continue to the other twenty three levels.
A Flash version of Pacman can be played for free at PlayedOnline.com. This version of the game is not compatible with screen readers.
Click this link to visit the Pacman Talks page at PCS Games to download the demo or purchase online.
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