A yellow, pie-shaped character named Pac-Man runs along inside a maze, eating dots as it avoids four ghosts. Each ghost has its own unique personality and gobbling one of the four super dots makes Pac-Man invincible to the ghosts for a given period of time.
The four ghosts, which your character must avoid, each have a different color, name, nickname and personality. The pink ghost is Speedy, nicknamed “Pinky” he’s fast. The red ghost is Shadow, nicknamed “Blinky” he’s always behind you and it’s hard to shake him. The light blue ghost is Bashful, nicknamed “Inky” he’s terribly shy and will actually run away from you. And the orange ghost is Pokey, nicknamed “Clyde” he will try his best to get you, but he is slow.
Pac-Man must clear the maze of all 240 dots and all four energizers to proceed to the next level of difficulty. As Pac-Man eats the dots, the ghosts chase him around the maze and if Pac-Man collides with one of the ghosts, he is a goner. He can eat one of the energizers to turn the ghosts dark blue, which make them edible for him. But after Pac-Man has eaten any of the ghosts, their eyes will return to the pen in the middle of the maze where they will each regenerate into their former selves and return to chase him again.
Occasionally, a bonus fruit or prize will temporarily appear in the middle of the maze below the ghosts’ pen. Pac-Man can eat those bonus items to receive extra points. Also, there is an escape tunnel in the sides of the maze which Pac-Man can use to get away from any of the ghosts that may be pursuing him.
After the maze has been cleared of all 240 dots and all four energizers, the entire sequence will begin again with increased difficulty. Between every two, three, or four completions, there are musical, animated intermissions to amuse the player while he or she waits for the next challenge to begin. However, these intermissions are not seen anymore once the 18th board 6th key is reached.
Everything Pac-Man eats has different point values. The dots are 10 points each, the energizers are 50 points each. The dark blue ghosts are respectively 200, 400, 800 and 1600 points. There are different point values for every bonus fruit or prize that is eaten: cherries, 100 points strawberry, 300 points peach, 500 points apple, 700 points grapes, 1000 points Galaxian, 2000 points bell, 3000 points and key, 5000 points. You will also get a bonus Pac-Man at 10,000 points switch selectable…can also be 15,000 points, 20,000 points, or no bonus.
It is possible to follow a pattern on each maze that will always clear the screen without being caught by the ghosts.PIt is possible to hide forever in one place on the screen. Here is how where PacMan starts there is a Tlike wall above him. If you go up to the rightmost part of the T from the bottom without any ghosts seeing you go in, they will never enter that spot. Also, do not move stay still, facing up.