From these humble beginnings, Pac-Man would go on to be recognized by Guinness World Records as the most successful coin-operated arcade game of all time.
It has spawned several spin-offs, including “Pac ‘n Roll”, “Ms. Pac-Man”, “Pac-in-Time” and “Pac Panic” — a massive money-spinner for creators Bandai Namco.
The firm claims the loveable character has a brand recognition of 90 percent around the world — “one of the most recognized on the planet”.
To celebrate the game’s 30th birthday, Google unveiled its first-ever playable “Doodle” and the internet giant also rolled out a version of the game for its Maps service — turning the real streets of a city into a labyrinth to gobble up pellets and ghosts.
According to Wired, the “perfect score” is 3,333,360 points — possible only by getting to the final level 256 without losing a life and eating every dot, fruit and ghost possible.
“It was tremendously monotonous,” Wired quoted the first record-holder, Billy Mitchell, as saying.
Pac-Man’s 40th was celebrated with a special Twitter hashtag in Japan, with fans all over the country wishing their hero a happy birthday.
“The characters are colorful and cute. It was so fun. I remember I played a lot at my relative’s house. Happy birthday Pac-Man!” said one.