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Pac-Man (Midway)


Pac-Man (Midway)

| 1980

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Developer: [Namco] (Midway license)
Controls/Input Device: Control(joy4way)
Number of Players: 2
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SoundMix: Mono
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Mameinfo.dat entry:
0.37b10 [Yochizo]


- 0.147u2: hap fixed clone Omega Fighter Special. The game fails to boot or finish post. After showing bad rom errors, the game resets.

- 0.147u1: Fixed maincpu rom loading.

- 0.122u7: Fixed gfx1/2/3/4/5 rom loading.

- 0.89u3: Changed Z80 CPU2 clock speed to 5MHz.

- 0.37b10: Yochizo added 'Omega Fighter' (UPL 1989) and clone Omega Fighter Special.

- 21st November 2000: Yochizo fixed some graphics bugs in the Omega Fighter / Atomic Robo-kid driver.

- 8th November 2000: Yochizo sent in a driver for Omega Fighter and Atomic Robo-kid.

- 25th April 1999: Dumped Omega Fighter Special.

LEVELS: 8 (restarts once)

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Romset: 2016 kb / 8 files / 457.8 zip

Credits Mameinfo and Mametesters Project Robert J. Rabgno et al.
History.dat entry:
Pac-Man (c) 1980 Midway Mfg. Co.

Export release by Bally/Midway for North America. Game developed by Namco and originally known as Puckman in Japan. For more information about the game itself, please see the original Japanese release entry, "Puckman [Upright model]".


Upright model
Game No. 932


Pac-Man was released in October 1980 in North America by Bally/Midway, under license from Namco. 96,000 units were produced in America.

Reportedly, when Bally/Midway obtained the rights to Pac-Man, Namco was offering four different games, which ended up being licensed to Game Plan and Bally/Midway. Game Plan's Ken Anderson reports that he and Bally's Dave Marofske flipped a coin to see who would get first crack at the games. Game Plan won and chose a tank game (which they released as "Tank Battalion") over Pac-Man. The other game they got was released as "King & Balloon". Bally/Midway, meanwhile, took Pac-Man and "Rally-X".

Midway made the following changes to the game (from the original Namco version):
- The game's name (and likewise its main character) has been changed to Pac-Man. Refer to the Namco Upright version entry, Trivia section, for details behind this name change.
- The name/nickname combinations for the ghosts in this version are:
Shadow - "Blinky" (red ghost)
Speedy - "Pinky" (pink ghost)
Bashful - "Inky" (cyan ghost)
Pokey - "Clyde" (orange ghost)
- Notice that the pink ghost's nickname remains unchanged from the Japanese version.
- Unlike the Japanese version, the American version has no DIP switch for alternate ghost names.

The game's cult status in the early 80's was such that it inspired a hit song by 'Buckner and Garcia' called 'Pac-Man Fever', released in 1982 on the album of the same name.

The game also spawned a virtual cottage industry of best-selling how-to books strategy guides on how to beat the game by using patterns with names like the "Bazo's Breaker", the "Donut Dazzler" and the "GET pattern" (named after the first initials of the members of a team of players from Davis, California: George Huang, Ed Bazo, and Tom Fertado).

A Pac-Man unit appears in the movie 'Getting There', in the 1982 movie 'Jekyll & Hyde - Together Again', in the 1982 movie 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High', in the 1983 movie 'WarGames', in the 1983 movie 'Joysticks', in the 1983 movie 'Koyaanisqatsi - Life out of Balance', in the 1985 movie 'The Heavenly Kid', in the 1985 movie 'Better Off Dead', and in the 1986 movie 'The Color of Money'.

A Pac-Man unit appears in the pilot of Season One of 'The A-Team'. It is where Amy (Melinda Culea) meets Murdock (Dwight Schultz) for the first time.

MB (Milton Bradley) released a board game based on this video game in 1982 (Pac-Man Game, 'As Much Fun as the Action Packed Arcade Game of the Same Name'). In this board game, the dots in the maze are represented by white marbles. There are also yellow marbles representing the power pills in the maze. There are also two ghosts pawns of the same color in the game. The object is to roll the dice and move your Pac-Man playing piece around the maze gobbling up as many marbles as you can using the count on one die, and move either ghost pawn using the count on the other die. There are yellow dots imprinted on the game board to lay out the path each character must take; these dots do not count as spaces. Use the ghosts to try to catch your opponents. When this happens, that opponent is sent back home and surrenders two marbles to the player who moved the ghost. If a Pac-Man gobbles up a yellow marble, that player earns the right to gobble a ghost. When this happens, the gobbled ghost is returned to the ghost pen, the player takes two marbles away from any opponent, and the player's yellow marble is returned to the game board. Once the maze is cleared of white marbles, the game is over and the player with the most white marbles (yellow marbles do not count) is the winner.

'Pac-Man' is also the nickname of the Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao. The two-time world champion earned the distinction as the only boxer who has knocked down both future Mexican 'Hall of Famer' Marco Antonio 'Baby Face Assassin' Barrera (knocked out in 11th round) and Erik 'El Terrible' Morales (knocked out in 10th round). Pacquiao has been on the top 10 list of the best 'pound-for-pound' fighters in the world.

In the multi-racial country of Malaysia, 'Pac-Man' is a slang term coined to describe men who only date ladies of other races.

The name 'Pac-Man' has been given to a nebula, cataloged as NGC 281. The Pac-Man Nebula is an H II region in the constellation of Cassiopeia. It includes or is near the open cluster IC 1590, the double star HD 5005, and several Bok globules. The shape of the nebula resembles the famous video game icon, Pac-Man. It is visible in amateur telescopes from dark sky locations.

The Cassini Robotic spacecraft (Cassini-Huygens) were captured images during a close pass to the moon of Saturn named 'Mimas', and collected by the composite infrared spectrometer (CIRS). The images show the fluctuating temperatures experienced by Mimas. The combined map with this images form a shape of this character Pac-Man.

On May 21, 2010, to celebrate Pac-Man's 30th Anniversary, Google, the famous internet search engine, has created the first ever interactive Doodle! This doodle allowed people to play Pac-Man on the home page (at the place of the original logo).


Midway's new revision program for Pac-Man was released in December 1981; the new program increases the difficulty of the game and adds a new challenge to players already familiar with the original.


NOTE: Only ports released in North America are listed here. For ports released in other regions, please see the original Namco (Japanese version) upright entry.

* Consoles :
Bally Astrocade [US] "Muncher"
Emerson Arcadia [US] "Gobbler"
Atari 2600 [US] (1981) "Pac-Man [Model CX2646]"
Atari 5200 [US] (1982) "Pac-Man [Model CX5208]"
Mattel Intellivision [US] (1983) "Pac-Man [Model 70251]"
Nintendo NES [US] (1987) by Tengen
Nintendo NES [US] (November 1993) "Pac-Man [Model NES-P7]"
Sony PlayStation [US] (July 31, 1996) "Namco Museum Vol.1 [Model SLUS-00215]"
Nintendo 64 [US] (October 31, 1999) "Namco Museum 64 [Model NUS-NNME-USA]"
Sega Dreamcast [US] (June 25, 2000) "Namco Museum [Model T-1403N]"
Sony PlayStation 2 [US] (December 4, 2001) "Namco Museum [Model SLUS-20273]"
Microsoft XBOX [US] (October 9, 2002) "Namco Museum"
Nintendo GameCube [US] (October 9, 2002) "Namco Museum [Model DOL-GNME-USA]"
Sony PlayStation 2 [US] (August 30, 2005) "Namco Museum - 50th Anniversary [Model SLUS-21164]"
Microsoft XBOX [US] (August 30, 2005) "Namco Museum - 50th Anniversary [Model NMO-2201A-NM]"
Nintendo GameCube [US] (August 30, 2005) "Namco Museum - 50th Anniversary [Model DOL-G5NE-USA]"
Microsoft XBOX 360 [XBLA] [US] (August 9, 2006)
Microsoft XBOX 360 [XBLA] [US] (November 4, 2008) "Namco Museum - Virtual Arcade [Model 21022]"
Sony PlayStation 3 [US] (July 16, 2009) "Namco Museum Essentials [Model NPUB-30086]"
Nintendo Wii [US] (November 16, 2010) "Namco Museum Megamix"
Sony PlayStation 3 [PSN] [US] (February 25, 2014) "Pac-Man Museum [Model NPUB-31383]"
Microsoft XBOX 360 [XBLA] [US] (February 26, 2014) "Pac-Man Museum"

* Handhelds :
Sega Game Gear [US] (1991) "Pac-Man [Model T-14018]"
Nintendo Game Boy [US] (April 1991) "Pac-Man [Model DMG-PC-USA]"
SNK Neo-Geo Pocket Color [US] (July 31, 1999) "Pac-Man [Model NEOP00551]"
Nintendo Game Boy Color [US] (August 1999) "Pac-Man - Special Color Edition [Model DMG-AACE-USA]"
Nintendo Game Boy Advance [US] (July 12, 2001) "Pac-Man Collection [Model AGB-APCE-USA]"
Sony PSP [US] (August 23, 2005) "Namco Museum Battle Collection [Model ULUS-10035]"
Nintendo DS [US] (September 18, 2007) "Namco Museum DS [Model NTR-YNME-USA]"
Nintendo 3DS [US] (July 26, 2011) "Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions [Model CTR-APGE-USA]"

* Computers :
Tandy Color Computer [US] (1981) "Pac-Tac"
Atari 400 [US] (1982)
Atari 800 [US] (1982) "Pac-Man [Model CXL4022]"
Commodore VIC-20 [US] (1982)
PC [Booter] [US] (1982) "PC-Man"
Tandy Color Computer [US] (1982) "Ghost Gobbler"
Tandy Color Computer [US] (1982) "Pack Maze"
Apple II [US] (1983)
Commodore C64 [US] (1983) by Thunder Mountain
Commodore C64 [US] (1983) "Pac-Man [Model RX8502]"
PC [Booter] [US] (1983)
PC [Booter] [US] (1983) "Ascii Man", a part of the "Friendlyware PC Arcade" suite
PC [MS-DOS] [US] (1983)
Tandy Color Computer [US] (1983) "Pac Jaws"
Tandy Color Computer [US] (1983) "Pac-Tac II"
Texas Instruments TI-99/4A [US] (1983) "Pac-Man [Model RX8500]"
Tandy Color Computer [US] (1990) "Pac-Dude"
Apple II GS [US] (1992) "Pac Man GS"
Apple Macintosh [US] (1992) "Mac-Man"
PC [MS Windows 95, CD-ROM] [US] (1995) "Mac-Man", part of "Windows Arcade Pack"
PC [MS Windows 95, 3.5"] [US] (March 31, 1996) "Microsoft Return of Arcade"
Tandy Color Computer 3 [US] (1997)
PC [MS-DOS] [US] (1997) "Champ Pac-Em" - CHAMProgramming
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] [US] (2000) "Microsoft Return of Arcade Anniversary Edition"
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] [US] (October 25, 2005) "Namco Museum - 50th Anniversary"
PC [MS Windows, Online] [US] (2009) "Namco All Stars: Pac-Man and Dig Dug" by WildTangent Games
Apple iPhone/iPad [US] (March 31, 2010) "Pac-Man for iPad [Model 363297482]"
PC [MS Windows, Online] [US] (August 4, 2010) "Namco All-Stars: PAC-MAN" by WildTangent Games
Steam [US] (February 25, 2014) "Pac-Man Museum [Model 236470]"

* Others :
VFD handheld game [US] (1981) by Coleco.
LCD handheld game [US] (1992) by Micro Games of America
Arcade [US] (1996) "Namco Classics Collection Vol.2"
LCD handheld color game [US] (1999) released by Micro Games of America
Arcade [US] (2000) "Ms. Pac-Man/Galaga - 20th Anniversary Class of 1981 Reunion" as a hidden game.
Namco Classics TV game [US] (2003) by Jakks Pacific
Mobile Phones [US] (June 13, 2003)
Arcade [US] (2005) "Pac-Man - 25th Anniversary Edition"
Super Pac-Man TV game [US] (2006) by Jakks Pacific
Arcade Gold featuring Pac-Man [US] (2007) by Jakks Pacific
Retro Arcade featuring Pac-Man [US] (2008) by Jakks Pacific
Apple iPhone/iPod [US] (July 9, 2008) "Pac-Man [Model 281656475]"
Android Market [US] (September 23, 2008)
BlackBerry [US] (June 30, 2009) "Pac-Man [Model 967]"
Android [US] (January 11, 2010)
Windows Mobile [US] (March 15, 2010)
Apple iPhone/iPod [US] (March 31, 2010) "Pac-Man for iPad [Model 363297482]"
Arcade [US] (2010) "Pac-Man's Arcade Party"
Android Market [US] (2011)
Pac-Man Connect and Play [US] (2012) by Bandai
Apple iPhone/iPod [US] (March 13, 2012) "Namco Arcade [Model 465606050]"
Android Market [US] (April 6, 2012) by Namco Networks America
Android [US] (March 22, 2013) "Pac-Man + Tournaments"


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Licensed from Alexis Bousiges under a CC Attribution 3.0 License
cheat.dat entry:
00100000 4E14 00000506 FFFFFFFF Infinite Lives
20A00000 1774 003CE0C3 FFFFFFFF Invincibility
20A10000 3CE0 000420A7 FFFFFFFF Invincibility (2/4) 1st = jp $3CE0, 2nd = and a/jp nz, $3CE7
20B10000 3CE3 1764C3AF FFFFFFFF Invincibility (3/4) xor a/jp $1764 (Normal Ghost)
20B10000 3CE7 1777C3AF FFFFFFFF Invincibility (4/4) xor a/jp $1777 (Blue Ghost)
20800000 180B 00000001 FFFFFFFF Enable Speed Hack This will greatly speed up your character.
00000001 4E0E 000000F4 FFFFFFFF Finish this Level Now!
62000000 0000 00000000 00000000 Select Starting Level For the best effect deactivate this cheat after you've started the Level
00090000 4E0A 0000007E 00000068 Strawberry
00098000 4E13 00000001 00000000 Strawberry (2/2)
00090000 4E0A 0000007F 00000068 1st Orange
00098000 4E13 00000002 00000000 1st Orange (2/2)
00090000 4E0A 00000080 00000068 2nd Orange
00098000 4E13 00000003 00000000 2nd Orange (2/2)
00090000 4E0A 00000081 00000068 1st Apple
00098000 4E13 00000004 00000000 1st Apple (2/2)
00090000 4E0A 00000082 00000068 2nd Apple
00098000 4E13 00000005 00000000 2nd Apple (2/2)
00090000 4E0A 00000083 00000068 1st Pineapple
00098000 4E13 00000006 00000000 1st Pineapple (2/2)
00090000 4E0A 00000084 00000068 2nd Pineapple
00098000 4E13 00000007 00000000 2nd Pineapple (2/2)
00090000 4E0A 00000085 00000068 1st Galaxian
00098000 4E13 00000008 00000000 1st Galaxian (2/2)
00090000 4E0A 00000086 00000068 2nd Galaxian
00098000 4E13 00000009 00000000 2nd Galaxian (2/2)
00090000 4E0A 00000087 00000068 1st Bell
00098000 4E13 0000000A 00000000 1st Bell (2/2)
00090000 4E0A 00000088 00000068 2nd Bell
00098000 4E13 0000000B 00000000 2nd Bell (2/2)
00090000 4E0A 00000087 00000068 1st Key
00098000 4E13 0000000C 00000000 1st Key (2/2)
00090000 4E0A 00000088 00000068 2nd Key
00098000 4E13 0000000D 00000000 2nd Key (2/2)
62000000 0000 00000000 00000000 Select Level (for Practice) Do NOT use in conjunction with the standard Select Starting Level cheat
00010000 4E13 00000000 FFFFFFFF Cherry
00010000 4E13 00000001 FFFFFFFF Strawberry
00010000 4E13 00000002 FFFFFFFF 1st Orange
00010000 4E13 00000003 FFFFFFFF 2nd Orange
00010000 4E13 00000004 FFFFFFFF 1st Apple
00010000 4E13 00000005 FFFFFFFF 2nd Apple
00010000 4E13 00000006 FFFFFFFF 1st Pineapple
00010000 4E13 00000007 FFFFFFFF 2nd Pineapple
00010000 4E13 00000008 FFFFFFFF 1st Galaxian
00010000 4E13 00000009 FFFFFFFF 2nd Galaxian
00010000 4E13 0000000A FFFFFFFF 1st Bell
00010000 4E13 0000000B FFFFFFFF 2nd Bell
00010000 4E13 0000000C FFFFFFFF 1st Key
00010000 4E13 0000000D FFFFFFFF 2nd Key
00010000 4E13 000000FF FFFFFFFF Split-Screen (Unplayable)
00010000 4E13 000000FE FFFFFFFF No maze or dots(Unfinishable)
62000000 0000 00000000 00000000 Select Ghost Changeback Speed
00110000 4DBD 00000000 FFFFFFFF Stay blue until eaten
00110000 4DBD 00000258 FFFFFFFF Slow
00110000 4DBD 00000168 FFFFFFFF Moderate
00110000 4DBD 000000F0 FFFFFFFF Quick
00110000 4DBD 00000078 FFFFFFFF Lightning
00110000 4DBD 00000001 FFFFFFFF No change to blue
60000000 0000 00000000 00000000 ---------------------
60000000 0000 00000000 00000000 Ghost Status Cheats
60000000 0000 00000000 00000000 ---------------------
00000000 4DA7 00000001 FFFFFFFF Red always blue
00000000 4DA8 00000001 FFFFFFFF Pink always blue
00000000 4DA9 00000001 FFFFFFFF Green always blue
00000000 4DAA 00000001 FFFFFFFF Orange always blue
00000000 4DA5 00000000 FFFFFFFF Ghosts Always Edible (No Pts)
60000000 0000 00000000 00000000
20F00000 2BF3 FE07D22E FFFFFFFF Fix Split Screen Bug Fixes the bug with levels > 255 see here -
20D10000 2BF7 00002C3C FFFFFFFF Fix Split Screen Bug (2/5)
20810000 2C2F 00000012 FFFFFFFF Fix Split Screen Bug (3/5)
20E10000 2C33 0012D606 FFFFFFFF Fix Split Screen Bug (4/5)
20D10000 2FFC 00008B79 FFFFFFFF Fix Split Screen Bug (5/5)

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