Maze, Pac-Man, dots to consume, 4 chasing ghosts
Skills required / taught:
Quick decision making
Player controls packman through
the maze, eating the dots to complete the level while avoiding the
This classic was immensely popular upon release in 1980 and has
become an icon of the 1980’s pop culture. It’s success was
attributed to that fact that it was the first arcade game to appeal
to both genders, not being only a shooting or sport game. Everyone
was drawn to the bright colors and quick movement of the spunky
little character introduced by the game. The Pac-Man character
became a social phenomenon and sold numerous spin off products.
How it Works
The player controls Pac-Man through a maze, eating the pac-dots as
it moves along. When all pac-dots are eaten, Pac-Man moves to the
next level until it completes all the levels. Four ghosts pop up
along the way giving chase to Pac-Man. They have the ability to
cause Pac-Man to lose his life ending the game after all lives have
The maze idea proved to be popular and a great draw for guys and
girls alike. That template should hold true for any game that
doesn’t have only shooting or a sport related environment.
The bright colors and cute animation was also a draw. Thinking along
these lines should help brainstorm new game ideas that would have a
proven record of popularity.
Wide audience – Maze graphics appeal to guys and to girls. Other
maze ideas might be good for a chase game, perhaps a thick jungle, a
city block under construction, or a complicated office building.
Named characters – Pac-Man and his ghostly foes were the first named
characters in a video game rather than a nameless shape on the
screen, naming the characters may help endear a player to your