The most legendary character in gaming is immortalised in his own iconic arcade machine, released in 1980. Sporting its classic yellow colouring, the original Pac-Man is the most famous arcade machine of all time, and the very definition of ‘80s pop culture.
The first game of its kind and a far cry from the space shooters that were common around that era, Pac-Man requires players to navigate the character of Pac-Man, a yellow, pie-shaped circle, throughout a set of mazes, gobbling up the dots littered throughout whilst avoiding the four ghosts roaming the level: Pinky (pink ghost), Blinky (red ghost), Inky (blue ghost) and Clyde (orange ghost), each of which have their own characteristics. To complete a maze and progress to the next level, Pac-Man must survive and clear all the dots from the maze.
Dotted throughout each maze are bigger 'energiser' dots which, when swallowed, make Pac-Man invincible for a limited amount of time and allow him to destroy any ghosts that may get in his way - a very useful 'power-up' during the higher levels where difficulty and intensity increases. The game is scored on how many dots you swallow and how far a level you reach with fruit, such as cherries, making an appearance in the mazes which can be gobbled to provide bonus points. With a limited number of lives per credit, the aim is to get as far into the game as possible to gain a high score to beat your friends or previous players.
Shortly after its release in 1980, Pac-Man became spectacularly successful, spawning numerous spinoffs, sequels and unauthorised clones. The success of the franchise was such that it quickly inspired an animated television series and even a hit single.
Our engineers at the Games Room Company are restoring this classic game to perfect functional and aesthetic condition. Often hailed as a landmark in gaming history, the Upright Pac Man machine is sought after all over the world, and is a truly exceptional find.
We at the Games Room Company have always had a great appreciation for video games, ever since the first commercial video game (Computer Space) was released back in 1971. We were one of the first companies to bring over TAITO’s Space Invaders to the UK, quickly going on to supply pubs all over the country. Our founder, Reginald Waldersmith, was a particularly avid fan of Atari’s Pong, describing it as being “quite as fun as real tennis, and not nearly as exhausting”. We have proudly continued his fondness for retro video games, and much of our inventory includes games we’ve manufactured ourselves.