All About The Most Successful Coin-Operated Arcade Game

Split Screen Pacman

Pacman Remakes and Sequels

Pacman has broken so many records over the years; one being that it has been popular on a consistent basis for more than three entire decades. Pretty great feat, don’t you think? What makes that even more amazing is the fact that throughout that period of time, there have been many games coming out and graphics have changed drastically. How a simple game can go that long without changing and still get so much attention is beyond me. It’s almost like a miracle if you ask me. Due to its constant popularity, you can imagine just how many remakes there must have been over the years. Today, I’m going to talk about some of them and how they continue to make Pacman one of the most popular games of all time.

One version of the game that is worth mentioning is Atari 2600. While the game is not very similar to Pacman, it does have a lot of the same aspect. One thing people do not like about this version is the fact that the ghosts flicker and this can make the game a bit tougher to beat than the original. Even though the game received much flack for this simple change, the game still managed to sell over seven million copies (each sold at just under $40 at the time). This version became the best selling game ever available on the Atari 2600.

One of the other versions that many people loved was the 1987 version for the PC. This version sold over 100,000 copies within the very first month. The game was also released on the Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Neo Geo Pocket Color and Sega Game Gear. (This was one of the longest running video games by the Namco Museum)

To this day, there are still many versions of the game available on many different gaming platforms such as the Xbox Live Arcade, Virtual Console and GameTap. There are also versions for mobile devices such as for BREW, iOS, BREW and Palm PDAs. There are also versions available for Android devices as well.

As I’m sure many of you have noticed over the years, you can find Pacman in just about any arcade. The game has been re-released time and time again over the years. In 2001, Ms. Pacman/Galaga “Class of 1981 Reunion Edition” cabinet, making the game Pacman a part of the game but it was hidden; making the whole anticipation for the game that much greater. In 2005, Namco released a version of the game that included all three games in one. This was another very popular game and gave Pacman that much more attention.

In 2009, Namco finally made Pacman available on the PC. This version also came with an Enhanced Mode that got rid of the original sprites, and added sprites from the Pacman Championship Edition.

In the year 2010, Namco Bandai released a version of the game for Windows 7 Phones and on Xbox Live as well. As I’m sure you can imagine, this brought the game a wider and younger audience and continued the upward spiral of its popularity.

It is hard to say what the future holds for the game Pacman but one this is certain; it’s not going anywhere soon. No matter how many years pass and no matter how ‘old’ the graphics may seem, this game is obviously not going anywhere. Its appeal for people of all ages and backgrounds is what makes it stand so strong above the competition. No matter how old you may be or how young, this game has some sort of appeal.