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Quick Review and Give Away: PAC-MAN for iPad

Namco brings the classic arcade game PAC-MAN [$4.99 - iTunes link (opens in new tab)] to iPad.

PAC-MAN for iPad is a great remake and include three game modes: easy, normal, and classic. Easy mode comes with an extra 2 lives, normal is slower than classic, and classic is just like arcade version. To control PAC-MAN, you just swipe in the appropriate direction anywhere on the screen or you can limit yourself to using only the joystick. Playing PAC-MAN for iPad brought back some childhood memories of playing this classic in the arcade room of pizza parlors!

Now for the giveaway! Let us know in the comments below why you enjoy PAC-MAN and where you first remember playing the original game. We'll randomly select one of you and send you a promo code. (Note: promo codes only work in the US App Store, so if you don’t have access, you won’t be able to claim a prize. They also expire so if you get one, use it fast!)

Video and screenshots after the break!

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Former app and photography editor at iMore, Leanna has since moved on to other endeavors. Mother, wife, mathamagician, even though she no longer writes for iMore you can still follow her on Twitter @llofte.

46 Comments
  • I grew up playing Atari 2600 & Intellivision...Arcades were the places to go when you left the house after your parents told you to stop playing those video games! Pac-Man was a favorite back in the 80's along with Dig Dug and Zaxxon! Yes, I even watched the Pac Man TV Show back then!
  • Pac Man is just one of this simple games that is yet so enjoyable ! Ever since it came out in the eighties I was hooked on it. I was in high school then, and used to cut school and go to this corner store and play til the early afternoon. I would lobe to jve this on my new ipad and show my kids how awesome it is.
  • Used to play paying 10 cents near my school at a gamin center, then played directly on the iPhone, as PAC MAN computer versions didn't appeal me.. now excited to play this on my ipad..
  • Funny how they released a HD iPad version when the original arcade game had a resolution of 224x228. What's funnier is that after all these years, it's still relatively more expensive than many other games on the App Store. As if that game hadn't collected enough billions of quarters over the past 30 years, I don't know if you can chalk that up to licensing or elitism. I don't think we ever got a clear answer from Namco, or maybe we never really asked.
    Mind you, I don't really want to bite the hand that feeds as I'd love a free copy. I just couldn't pay that much for this game.
  • PAC-MAN is a game for everybody and their dog; a game that takes 3 minutes to learn but days to master. I remember playing on one of our first ever desktop computers. My whole family had to take turns as we each eagerly wanted to gather all those dots better than anybody else.
    Is there a more universally known game out there, more than PAC-MAN? I don't think so.
  • I was about 7 when I first played PAC MAN. I wasn't very good.
    Years later, my sisters husbands last name is PAC MAN. So she is Mrs. PAC MAN!
  • PAC-man is old school (like me). I can't handle all these super complicated 3D games we have on consoles today. I remember playing PAC-man in arcades and also on Atari 2600 console and Atari 800 computer.
  • Looks like a good app. I'll take it!
  • One of the first games i could spend a lot of time playing with one quarter.
  • Ahhh....PAC man....my favorite game and most addicting out of all the ones that were out in the 80's. We didn't have atari or any gaming device at my house so I would monopolize anything I could get my hands on when it came to this game...the pizza place I worked at would give us free quarters to play when we were not busy...I think they lost a lot of money on us that were a little obsessed! That and all the free pizza and wings we wanted during our shift it was a miracle I made it home! Good memories & would love a copy for my ipad! and yes that pizza joint is still in business!
  • I love pacman, because despite it's simplicity, it is always a challenge. Mynmom used to take me to a coin arcade when I was a kid, and that ESA where I first okayed it.
  • I remember going to the Pac-Man release party in Charlotte, NC when it came out for the Atari. I was just a pup. It was a crazy event at a park where there was tons of giveaways. I don't recall going to anything like that since.
    All the hours my dad spent watching me play in the arcade were incredible. My uncle used to carry me when I visited my aunt and uncle, they were the ones to carry me to the release party.
    Memories of making sure I was one of the first to get every version that came out. Oh how I long for relaxing video games that don't require an instruction manual on the desk in front of you.
    What an incredible, timeless game.
  • I remember first playing Pac Man in the small back room arcade in our hometown grocery store where my mom worked. I'd play about a dollar's worth each time I went, which was pretty much every other day, or when I could scrounge up some quarters.
  • PacMan will always be the game my Grandfather introduced me to that made me want to work in computers my whole life
  • I remember spending hours at the arcade playing it and eventually got to 7 keys on a single quarter! I need to practice!
  • I loved pacman so much I even enjoyed the atari 2600 version... Which was pretty bad.
  • The yellow ball of awesome that is PAC-MAN! Simplicity that has stood the test of time. I mean who the hell doesn't know PAC-MAN!
    I remember playing the cabinet and tabletop versions at the "seaside" arcades when we were kids. We would spend a fortune (for a kid) and was still crap at it!
  • It wasn't until I was at least 10 until I actually played it on an arcade machine. It was at Six Flags Over Texas and even with all the fun looking roller coasters, I had to take the time to play some Pac-Man
  • I first played Pac-Man on the Atari, and subsequently on arcade machines. I enjoyed the game then and still do though not addictive as in the way past.
  • Playing it at grandmas house after playing DR.
  • I remember playing it at Round Table Pizza on one of those flat, two player arcades.
    Always love hearing that "wokka wokka wokka,"
  • First time I played Pac Man was when I was 7. I remember my dad was calling around town for weeks trying to find one of those glass tables with the built in Pac Man and Galaga (most were found in bars and Shakey's pizza). He finally found a Shakey's that was going out of business and managed to talk to owner into selling it to him. I remember he paid a rediculous amount for it and I even remember my mom and dad fighting about it. Anyway he placed it in the den and I played that thing NON STOP. I would eat my breakfast on it before going to school all while playing as many games of Pac-Man as I could. And after school? If mom allowed I was eating dinner there too. He held onto that game table for almost 10 years before selling it after retiring to Texas. I would have totally bought that from him if I didnt live so far away. Good times!
  • I was in a video store with my mom and hay had PAC- man .I think I was around 7.
  • Though I later ended up playing my [future]wife's younger siblings on their Atari 2600, the first place I can recall playing PAC-MAN was in a bar. The band I was in back in '81 was playing a gig in this bar that had one of those coffee-table like units with the thick glass on top, so you could also set your drink on in. I remember it being fun to play, even surrounded by cigarette smoke and having to look through glass covered in ring stains left by the drinks of other bar patrons. (PS: Though I doubt I'll win, on the off-chance I do, I'm still awaiting the 3g iPad, so hopefully the code won't expire before the end of April!)
  • It was 1992, Funtime USA. Classics like PAC-MAN will never die.
  • I love Pac-man! I grew up playing this game. My parents would take me along with them to the laundry mat and there was a Pac-man Arcade machine that got many of my hard earned quarters!
  • Right out of high school a buddy and I owned several of the original arcade consoles of PAC-MAN that we placed in music clubs around town. I wish we'd held on to a couple...
  • Played Pac-Man in college while sipping suds at the local tavern! GO PAC-MAN!
  • In the early 80s when kids were notoriously skipping school to hangout at arcades, my dad who was getting a bachelor's degree at the time would pick me and my brother up from school after his classes and take us to arcades where he and his best friend handed us a few quarters and introduced us to "Joust", "Pac-Man", "Zookeeper" and eventually the all-time family favorite - "Ms. Pac-Man". Those were some good, good times. Every Pac-Man machine I see in the wild reminds me of my dad and his ever-enduring fun side.
  • I hated it then, and I still hate it now! But damn I can't stop playing it and one day I hope to get past level 5. >:-( I think then my wife would really respect me. :-)
  • I played every day as a kid; pumped quarters into an honest-to-goodness arcade machine. Now it's free in my boss's basement!
  • Obviously this game is... addicting! I built up my addiction as a kid growing up in a small town in Minnesota playing at the local A&W that I bicycled to... through the snow :-)
  • I love playing PAC-MAN just for the game and it is fast paced fun. I first remember playing it as a kid at my local mall arcade on the Atari 2600.
  • I used to play on the original Gameboy! Man, what a great idea for an iPad game. I'd love to get my hands on this!
  • I used to go to the laundro-mat with my grandma and grandpa every Sunday, and I would get 75 cents to play whatever video game machines i wanted. Usually I did one round of pinball, one round of pac-man and then a round of the Neo-Geo cabinet, playing whatever random game peaked my interest today. I still love pac-man, if only for nostalgia and simplicity.
  • I first played Pac-Man at an arcade in a strip mall 5 minutes from my house. I still play it today, as do many folks.
  • ... because I was born in the seventies and we used to play this in "any amusement hall" ... "d, d & blind kid ure plays a mean pinball ..."
  • I first played Pacman in the game room at Kmart. My mom always gave me a few quarters to game while she shopped.
  • The first time I played pacman was on the Atari 5200.. I was only 5 and my brother came home with a new system after work with a (looking back now) horrible version of Pac-man. First videogame ever for me so i have fond memories of it.
  • Use to love to go to restaurants and play the tabletop Pacman when I was a kid. Now with the Ipad and hopefully winning the contest, I can do it again (on my lap!).
    P.S. Found this site through Crackberry and love it!
  • I've been playing Pac-Mac since I was a kid! I remember playing it on my old Atari that I kept for a long time. It's a fun, simple game. I always enjoy playing the arcade versions as well.
  • I remember playing Pac Man in the local arcade at the mall. I remember thinking how cool it would be to have my own Pac Man Machine at home. Then it came out on the Atari 2600. I can't believe that I thought the graphics rocked!
  • i love pac-man !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • how cool would it be on iphone with +plus !!
  • Why I love PACMAN...it brings me back. It's a familiar game linking me to when I was kid. Our first gaming system was Atari...of course PacMan was on it! It was not only a game my sibs and I got sucked into at home - but we were also regular loiterers at the local 7-Eleven where the Arcade version kept record of the highest scores of our childhood buddies...which is also why we loitered for so long.
  • pac man on ipad, phone is just too fast cant be played