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How to play Pac-Man

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How to play Pac-Man: Pac-Man it is one of the most famous video games in history. Whole generations have grown up playing with the famous yellow ball of the Namco house and water has passed under the bridges since, in the 80s, the first cabin cruisers kept the youth of the time glued to their keys. Over time, Pac-Man moved first from arcades to home consoles and then to smartphones, tablets and even websites.

Obviously, if you ended up on this guide, you too cannot resist the irrepressible desire to play this historic title. Am I right? Well, then if you’re wondering how to play Pac-Man from your device, know that you have come to the right place at the right time! All you have to do is make yourself comfortable and take a few minutes of free time to read the tutorial below.

In the next lines, I will explain in detail what are the best apps to play Pac-Man on smartphones and tablets and, in case you do not want to install new apps on your device, how to play Pac-Man directly on the Internet without having to install any software. You will be amazed by the quality and the fun rate guaranteed by these titles!

App to play Pac-Man

The most comfortable way to play Pac-Man is to use one of the many free apps which have been published on the Google Play Store and the App Store. By installing one of the apps I am going to recommend to you on your device, you can play Pac-Man practically everywhere: while waiting in the doctor’s waiting room, while traveling on public transport, while waiting for a friend of yours … in short, wherever you are!

PAC-MAN (Android / iOS)

How to play Pac-Man

The first app I recommend you try to play Pac-Man is … PAC-MAN, or the original transposition of the historical videogame of the yellow ball released by Bandai Namco. By installing this app on your device you will go back in time: you will be enraptured by the same mesmerizing music that distinguished the old glorious versions of Pac-Man and you will have a very, very familiar interface in front of you.

After completing the download of PAC-MAN for Android or iOS, tap the button You open to start the game or, alternatively, touch the game icon that appears on the home screen of your device. Once done, you will be asked to touch the screen to continue and, as soon as you have done this, you can choose one of the many game modes available.

If you intend to play the “traditional” version of Pac-Man, I recommend you tap on Classic. In this way you can try your hand at the classic version of Pac-Man having the opportunity to choose between various levels of difficulty: easy, normal or difficult. To choose the level of difficulty you want, tap the blue arrows and then tap on green button located at the bottom.

In addition to the classic maze, the PAC-MAN app offers the possibility to choose some personalized mazes. To choose such mazes, tap on the item Labyrinths in the app home and choose the path you prefer most. There are over 40 mazes available, but be aware that to unlock them all you need to spend virtual coins that can be earned playing in the classic maze. Alternatively, if you want to do it first, you can buy real money coins through in-app purchase.

The PAC-MAN application can be downloaded for free on devices Android is iOS.

PAC-MAN Bounce (Android / iOS)

How to play Pac-Man

PAC-MAN Bounce is another app that allows you to play Pac-Man via smartphone and tablet. Compared to the app examined previously, PAC-MAN Bounce has a much more modern graphic: the Pac-Man, for example, is represented by a three-dimensional yellow sphere with lots of shadows, reflections and facial expressions. Furthermore, compared to the “classic” version of Pac-Man, where it is possible to move only vertically and horizontally, this title allows you to have much more freedom of movement. It is in fact possible to bounce off the walls (hence the name PAC-MAN Bounce, the English term “bounce” can be rendered in Italian “bounce”), jump over obstacles and more.

To start playing, after downloading and starting the app, you will need to tap on theorange icon which is located in the center of the screen. Once done, you will notice that the game’s levels are grouped into 10 worlds. To start playing you will need to touch one of the blue spheres which correspond to the available levels. Then follow the instructions on the screen and you can quickly learn the basics of the game.

The PAC-MAN Bounce application can be downloaded for free on devices Android is iOS.

PAC-MAN 256 (Android / iOS)

How to play Pac-Man

If you are an avid Pac-Man player, it is very likely that you are aware of the bug that prevents users from continuing the game after reaching level 256. If this is your case, then I am happy to recommend an app which solves the bug in question and allows you to play Pac-Man practically indefinitely: PAC-MAN 256.

To start playing PAC-MAN 256, simply install and start the app and then tap on Plays. Then you have to move your finger in the various tunnels of the labyrinth and move Pac-Man in order to avoid ghosts and collect all the spheres scattered along the labyrinth.

The game is very simple: there are no game modes, except the classic one, and it is not possible to customize the labyrinth, but if you are an “old-fashioned” player you will certainly appreciate the “purist” approach of this title.

The PAC-MAN 256 application can be downloaded for free on devices Android is iOS.

Pac-Man for Facebook Messenger (Android / iOS / desktop)

How to play Pac-Man

The last app that I recommend you try is Facebook Messenger. No, I’m not crazy! Facebook Messenger, in addition to providing a very useful messaging system, in fact allows you to challenge your friends online by playing different mini-games – including Pac-Man – which were introduced by the company of Mark Zuckerberg to make your instant messaging platform a sort of virtual game room.

How do you play Pac-Man on Facebook Messenger? Nothing could be simpler. After having you subscribed to Facebook and have downloaded the Messenger app for Android or iOS, Use your credentials to access the social network and head straight to the section Games Messenger, where you will also find Pac-Man.

If you experience difficulties logging into Messenger, I invite you to read my guide that explains how to log into Messenger. If, on the other hand, you can’t find Pac-Man on Messenger, tap on Games and press on the icon of the game you want to start, in this case PAC-MAN. If other friends of yours have already played this game, you will see their scores. I recommend, do your best to overcome them and climb the rankings!

How to play Pac-Man

Of course, you can also use the desktop version of Messenger to play Pac-Man on a PC. All you have to do is click on thejoystick icon, and then choose PAC-MAN from the menu containing the games.

How to play Pac-Man online

Do you want to play Pac-Man from your computer but don’t have the slightest intention of downloading software from the Internet? Don’t worry, even in this case I have several alternatives to offer you. Browsing the web you can find many sites that can allow you to play Pac-Man directly from your browser (the program you use to surf the Internet) without unnecessary waste of time. In the next paragraphs I will show you some of the sites in question.

World’s Biggest PAC-MAN

The first site I recommend you visit is World’s Biggest PAC-MAN which, as you can see, is entirely dedicated to the Pac-Man game. As soon as you get to his main page, you will face hundreds and hundreds of mazes. Then click on one of the labyrinths available and click on the button Play for fun to start playing. If you want to have the opportunity to create new mazes, click on the button Connect and log in with your Facebook account.

After choosing the labyrinth of your choice, wait for a few seconds for the video game to load and use the directional arrows the keyboard to move Pac-Man within the game path (the site works only on computers and devices with keyboard). You can view the statistics of your game through the indications that are shown above.

You can play Pac-Man using the service I just recommended to you without having to install any additional plugins, such as Adobe Flash Player. This site, in fact, has been entirely developed with the HTML 5 language and works with all the most popular browsers: Chrome, Edge, Safari, Firefox, etc.

Google Doodle of Pac-Man

How to play Pac-Man

The solution I recommended in the previous article allows you to play Pac-Man from the browser, but only from PC or from devices that have a physical keyboard. If your desire is to play Pac-Man from the browser of your smartphone or tablet, instead, you must use a service like the Google Doodle of Pac-Man that Google made in 2010 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man’s birth.

To play Pac-Man using the Google Doodle, all you have to do is connect to This Page and click on Insert Coin. After pressing this command, you can move Pac-Man using the arrows on the keyboard (if you are using a computer) or by dragging your fingertips on the display (if you are using a mobile device). Good fun!

How to play Pac-Man online

One last site that I recommend you to play Pac-Man online is The domain name of this website makes it clear that it is a site entirely dedicated to the famous game born in the 80s. As soon as you have reached the main page of, you will notice that not only is it possible to play Pac-Man, but also find out about the history of this historic video game.

If you don’t have a thorough knowledge of Pac-Man, you can click on Game information Pacman at the top to find out what the game is about. If, however, click History and origin of the game, you will be able to access a page that will briefly explain how Pac-Man was born.

From the main page of the site you can immediately play Pac-Man by clicking on the item Play game which is located inside the first box, if you intend to play the classic version of Pac-Man, or on the item Start Game in the second box, if you intend to experiment with the “Advanced” version of Pac-Man in which there is only one little ghost in the maze and you need to collect red pills to defeat it.

Please note that to play Pac-Man on you must use the PC and have downloaded – and activated – the latest version of the Adobe Flash Player plugin. If you don’t know how to download flash player, see my tutorial about it.