We all know the basic play. The screen opens up, the all too familiar sounds of Pac-man music starts to play and before you know it, Pac-man is munching his way through the yellow dots like he’s been starved for the last week.
Meet Blinky – also known as the shadow | Japanese name: oikake meaning chaser
He will usually follow you and will always take the shortest route to you. This makes him the most eager character in the game.
Say Hi to Pinky – also known as speedy | Japanese name: Machibuse meaning ambusher
This character is full of surprises. Watch out for those close shaves, it will usually be thanks to Pinky.
Blue Character (note, the original character was cyan and not blue)
Enter Inky – also known as Bashful | Japanese name: Kimagure meaning fickle
Inky is one slippery character and you can never get a grasp on him as he is simply unpredictable.
Last but not least, we have Clyde – also known as pokey | Japanese name: Otoboke meaning stupid
As Clyde’s Japanese name suggests, this character is a little slow. He’s the least threatening of the four characters as he likes to wander about on his own mission.
There are 255 levels. Billy Mitchell achieved the highest ever score of 3,333,360 after 6 hours of play. Level 256 is unbeatable.
The Bonus Items
Cherry – awards you 100 points
Strawberry – awards you 200 points
Orange – awards you 500 points
Apple – awards you 700 points
Melon – awards you 1000 points
Galaxian – awards you 2000 points
Bell – awards you 3000 points
Key – awards you 5000 points
When you take a look at the components that make up the Pac-man game, it’s actually extremely well thought out. The original idea may have come from a unique source of inspiration, but the characters, levels and bonuses all add to the epic adventure that is Pac-man as we (almost) all know it and have come to love it.