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Source: Google Pac-Man

Of the recent news, People are loving Google’s version of Pac-Man that’s playable on the Google home page. Recently Google celebrated the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man. The craziness of this thing is reaching to a huge scale.

Google says that they have no idea of the total number of people playing it. It stated that “It would be hard to measure too, given that the game automatically starts.

Talking about finishing the game, this game goes to a very long end. It appears at least two people have. Woody Tondorf, who normally is writing Elevator for HBOlab, tweeted about getting to the famed “kill screen” level at the end. So did Jason Holland. Neither posted pictures of their success.

The game also has a two player mode. You just need to hit the “Insert Coin” button twice. Ms. Pac Man will appear, and you’ll have scores kept for both players. Unlike the original Pac Man, players don’t take turns. Both play at the same time.

Pac-Man and its History

Pac-Man is basically a maze arcade game developed and released by Namco in 1980. Earlier it was known as Puck-Man in Japan and later on got its name changed for international releases.

The player titular character must eat all the dots inside an enclosed maze while avoiding four colored ghosts. Eating large flashing “Power Pellets” will cause the ghosts to turn blue and reverse direction, allowing Pac-Man to eat them for bonus points.

Pac-Man was a widespread critical and commercial success and remains one of the highest-grossing arcade games of its time. The success of the game lead to several sequels, merchandise, and two television series, as well as a hit-single by Buckner and Garcia.

The character of Pac-Man is the mascot and flagship icon of Bandai Namco Entertainment and has the highest brand awareness of any video game character in North America.

Gameplay

Google Pac-Man
Source: Pac-Man Gameplay

The player navigates Pac-Man through a maze with no dead ends. The maze is filled with dots, known as Pac-Dots, and also includes four roving multi-colored ghosts: Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde.

The objective of the game is to accumulate as many points as possible by collecting dots, fruits, and eating blue ghosts, while normally avoiding the four ghosts. When you eat all of the dots in a stage, that stage is completed, and the player will advance to the next one.

The four ghosts roam the maze and chase Pac-Man. If any of the ghosts touches Pac-Man, a life is lost. When all lives have been lost, the game is over. The player begins with three lives, but DIP switches in the machine can change the number of starting lives to one, two, or five.

There are also fruits that appear twice per level, directly below the center ghost box; eating one gives 100 to 5,000 points. This table lists each stage, the type and value of the fruit, how long the ghosts are blue, and how many times the ghosts flash before returning to normal:

Game Score Table
Source: Wikipedia

How to Download Google Pac-Man

Well being specific, you don’t need to download this game because you can play it online on Google. In case you need the offline version of the game, you can now download the special Google version of Pac-Man and play on your own time.

You can play the game live at http://macek.github.com/google_pacman/ or you can download the code and run the game from your browser anytime, by downloading the source at Github.

All you need to do is, go to http://github.com/macek/google_pacman. Click on the “Download Source” button near the top of the page. It doesn’t really matter what option you choose for downloading, TAR or ZIP, but if you are on a Windows machine, choose Zip.

And unzip the file…Happy playing Google Pac-Man!!!

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