|If you love
Pac-Man or if you want to improve your game you should make use of these resources:
Download this guide as a PDF
Downloads of my highscore input files which can be
replayed in MAME32 .53 version:
- 512.000 in Pac-Man
- 544.000 in Pac-Man Modified
How to win at Pac-Man -
The complete Pac-Man Strategy Guide, also the one which led me to frustration and prompted
me to write my own guide. The Cherry and Mid Fruit Patterns are the same I use for the
first 75% of the pattern but I find the endings insufficient. The Apple pattern I found
unreliable and the 9th key one overly complicated. I also don't agree that one pattern is
enough to go from level 5 to 21, there are too many changes in ghost behaviour. Plus it
lacks a lot of detailed description of what actually happens while executing these
patterns and fails to offer alternative routes or escape routes in case of pattern
failure, exactly what I tried to do in this guide. However it does give some interesting
insights, it provides some useful background information and who knows, maybe the patterns
work for you :) You can certainly use parts of them when trying to find your own. Although
incomplete and frustrating it is definitely written out of love for the game and should be
read if you plan to research the game in depth.*
How to win one million
at Pac-Man - Another complete strategy guide, this one in .pdf format. I have the same
criticisms as above, but I do like the patterns they provide better and some actually have
similarities with mine. Plus there is more information on ghost behaviour, how to develop
your own patterns and a strategy guide for Ms. Pac-Man included. Definitely worth a read.
Joystick Pac-Man Patterns 1
and 2 - A few scans of more Pac-Man patterns. I haven't tried
them at all, but I've never seen them anywhere else so they're original for sure :)
Mr. Roboto's Pac-Man
Patterns. Please visit his great Pac-Man site here and view his patterns
there. His patterns are the first set of complete patterns which I can recommend as being
100% correct without there being any more information needed. I don't think they're quite
as safe as mine, but if executed correctly they are spot on! The patterns are shown here
only for backup purposes in case his site disappears.
A history of Pac-Man:
This is a great history of the game, from it's conception through 20 years of dot munching
antics up to today. Credits go to Doug Trueman and it should be read at it's homepage here. The local copy is for backup purposes only, this article is too
precious to lose.
Record Announcement: This is the official news article on Billy Mitchell playing the
perfect game, published by Twin Galaxies, the
official arcade games scorekeepers. Credits and copyrights belong to Twin Galaxies and the
article should be read here.
However for preservation purposes there is a local copy available here
The absolutely positively last word on Pac-Man: I
found this very cool chapter on the Pac-Man phenomenon by Steve Bloom at Brian's Coin-Op History Archive.
I had to back this up to make sure it won't get lost, a class read. Page 1, 2,
5, and 6
Pac-Man movie - A
very cool model of a Pac-Man cabinet which you cab zoom in and out plus spin around it's
axis in Quicktime
Pac-Man Designer Interviews 1 and 2 - Two
interviews with Pac-Man designers Nakamura and Iwatani which were found at Retrogamer Magazine *
On the Web:
Mr. Roboto's PacMania - A great
Pac-Man Fan Page and the best set of patterns I have found up to date. This is the only
documentation I have seen which takes into account the ghost movement variations between
levels 5 and 21. And the patterns are spot on!
MAME Action Replay Page. Here you can download the world's best Pac-Man scores as MAME INP
files and study the best players' techniques. Nothing beats looking over a great players'
shoulder :) ( You can download my 2nd place Pac-Man
INP and first place Pac-Man Modified INP
locally, but I encourage you to view other players' styles, too :))
Kehrer's Java Pac-Man Emu - This plays like the real thing, but online. Awesome job!
The link goes directly to the Pac-Man emulation but you should also check out his other
work, it's all top notch stuff!
- This special build of MAME supports over 150 different kind of Pac-Man clones, hacks,
derivatives and others...all from the Pac-Man family, all for the Pac-Man nutter :) Also
includes all sorts of manuals and schematics.
Pac Page - A great starting point for research with lots of Pac-Man related stuff
Arcade Hacks - Tons of graphical hacks for Pac-Man in MAME by BlueJustice
Arcade Hacks - More hacks, not exclusively but also including Pac-Man variations
- Arcade Games Tips and Tricks Galore! Including a neat Pac-Man section with a number of
alternative patterns :)
- The virtual Pac-Man Museum. The largest collection of Pac-Man memorabilia I have seen.
Simply everything is to be seen there. Awesome stuff, you wouldn't believe the merchandise
our little dot munching friend sells, lol :)
- All about Pac-Man and a lot of technical documentation available. Well worth a visit.
Pac-Man Info - Huge Info archive
about Pac-Man boards and anything that runs on them
Jerry's Arcade Hacking Page -
Everything you need to know abouT Pac-Man programming
*(This document is copyrighted material and
you should try and purchase it if you like it. I haven't managed to find one and provide a
backup of this guide only for preservation purposes. I doubt there are any purchasable new
copies out there and if fans like us don't preserve these things they will be lost
forever. No intention of copyright breach or questionable motives are involved in
presenting this copy here, I definitely do not seek any financial gain from it. If the
lawful copyrightholder of this document sees this and objects, please contact me and I will take it down