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Things you didn’t know about Pac-Man

The little yellow circle that is Pac-Man is an iconic symbol of gaming, that is recognised worldwide. It’s the game that everyone knows how to play and is just as fun now, over 37 years after being created, as it was back then – even with the vast improvements in gaming and graphics, you just cannot beat the originals. That said, do you think you know everything about Pac-Man?

For example, did you know that it is the most successful coin-operated game ever? 400,000 Pac-Man machines had been sold by 1990, and venue had hit over $3.5 billion (which would now be worth closer to $7.5 billion!). Other than slot games Pac-Man has made the most money from people inserting their coins to play.

As mentioned in geek-gaming movie Scott Pilgrim Versus the World, the game was originally going to be called Puck-Man, (due to the resemblance to a hockey puck) however, forward-thinking executives realised the temptation for vandals to change the P to look like an F on the machines and decided to change the name to something much harder to make profane.

How many levels are in the game? Well, it is possible to get to level 255; however, you can never complete it as it glitches and the screen fills with numbers and nonsensical symbols.

You might be interested to know that there are 244 dots to be eaten by Pac-Man, each worth 10 points. The larger dots (sometimes known as power cookies) are worth 50 points, and the bonus items (the fruit, spaceship, key, and bell) are all worth between 100-5000 points. The highest possible score overall is 3,333,360 which was achieved by Billy Mitchell in 1999 after a wrist-aching 6-hour gaming session!

In Britain, the ghosts are named, Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde, whereas Japan named the ghosts based on their behavior. For example, the chaser, ambusher, fickle and feigning ignorance. This helped them know what each ghost was likely to do and play ahead.

The Pac-Man brand is so well recognized that elements have appeared in various films. Of course, Adam Sandler’s questionable movie Pixels in 2015 had Pac-Man as a pretty main character, but Clyde (the orange ghost) popped up in Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph and Pac-Man himself appears in Tron.

One of the most popular Google Doodles ever was to celebrate Pac-Man’s 30th birthday and allowed visitors to play the game on the Google search homepage. It is estimated that the drop in productivity that this caused cost the global economy around $120m!

Now, is it just us, or is anyone else desperate to go and play a few levels right now?

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Awesome PC Games with the 8bit Retro Gaming Feel

We live in a world of nostalgia – whether it’s 80s films, 90s fashion or early ‘00s music, we love blasts from the past, especially when they come with a modern twist. Gaming has come a long way in the past few years, and the top notch graphics that can be seen on consoles now are almost movie quality; however, there is something cool about the old school 8bit look on games. Thankfully, this style of game design seems to have come back in style and perhaps it is because, the designers of today, were the original 8bit gamers. Whatever the reason, we love it, and here are some of the best!

Hotline Miami is one of the coolest 8bit games, where you play as a gangster in an impractical, yet stylish white suit. You explore the world, bursting into hideouts and killing anyone in your way. Not for the faint of heart!

The aptly named Retro City Rampage may be a retro 8bit game, but it is full of pop culture references and homages to the biggest movies and games of the past. In fact, your primary mission is to fight the gang from Saved by the Bell – it’s like all our old school dreams come true!

Popular with Youtube gamers, you may have seen Super Meat Boy being played online and for a good reason. Although it follows a familiar side-scrolling platform game style, you are not playing as a speedy hedgehog or a pair of brother plumbers; you are in fact just a chunk of meat. Instead of saving a princess, your girlfriend is a bandage. The levels are short and fast paced with the frustrating deaths that keep you coming back for more.

VVVVVV could be straight off the Commodore 64 with its annoyingly catchy 8-bit soundtrack and clunky graphics. The game is based in an alternate dimension where gravity can be turned on and off with the flick of a switch. Spikes are to be avoided as you hunt for your missing crew. A simple premise but hours of nostalgic fun.

Fez is a game that breaks the fourth wall in that the world is corrupted and needs rebooting, just like so many of the games we played when we were young, and that Fez itself is based on! A game full of intentional glitches and a mission to collect Hexahedron cubes to save the world, this game is hours of uncomplicated fun.

If you feel like a touch of nostalgia, but you want something new, these are just a few of the games that are big right now!

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The Best Retro Video Games You Can Play on Your Phone

As gamers, we have benefited so much from the emergence of smartphones. They really have taken gaming to another level and made the whole process of gaming much more exciting and fun. It has also paved the way for mobile gaming and mobile casinos and allowed a whole new audience to discover real the appeal of online gaming. That’s why mobile phone gaming is one of the most popular ways of using a smartphone these days.

There are literally thousands of awesome games you can check out on your mobile. These can either be in app form, or you can enjoy playing on your browser. But, if you really want a great experience, you need to make sure you enjoy retro games as well. These are a throwback to childhood, and some of the games are just downright awesome! So, here are a few of the best retro videogames you can play on your smartphone right now!

Snake

There’s classic, and then there’s CLASSIC. I enjoyed whiling away hours of a misspent youth playing this bad boy on the back of the bus, and now you can too! Shut the front door, all your dreams have just come true; Snake (yes, the Nokia version) is available to play on your iPhone. Rather than pressing rubber buttons, you’re now tapping buttons on the screen, but, it’s pretty much still the same. Welcome back to the game of frustration and glory. Will you best your greatest ever score? Download now and find out!

Doom

You want to talk shoot ‘em ups? It doesn’t get much more shooty or uppy than Doom! You MUST have played this game when you were younger, and now you can revisit the brutal, bloody classic. The iPhone version of the glorious classic doesn’t involve quite as much aiming as you have to do on the PC version, and that means you can focus more time on shooting those demons! Explore the map all over again, loot supplies, kill enemies, and claw your way back up out of hell, mobile style!

Prince of Persia

Hands up who had this simply awesome platform game on their PC! I can’t be the only one with my hand in the air, right?! Forget the rubbish movie starring the otherwise fabulous Jake Gyllenhaal, Prince of Persia is one of the finest videogames ever made. Okay, the controls on this game are not the greatest, but you can control your character using a slider, plus three additional buttons. It might be a much more scaled down version of a classic PC game. But, this is an immensely enjoyable, fantastical, fantasy game.