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a game by Namco Ltd.
Genres: Arcade Classics, Puzzles & Words
Platforms: Sega GenesisGenesis, SNESSNES, GameGear
Editor Rating: 6/10, based on 5 reviews
User Rating: 6.0/10 - 2 votes
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See also: Pac-Man Games, Pac Attack Games

Namco's taken the best parts of two of the best- known games in history -- Pac Man and Tetris -- and combined them into a fun-filled Pac-kage. Pac Attack is a true puzzle- lover's challenge!

ProTip: In Versus Mode, watch your Fairy Meter. When it's almost full, try not to eat any more ghosts until your opponent fills his Fairy Meter and dumps all his ghosts onto your side. Once this happens, eat some ghosts and fill up your Meter. All of your original ghosts, plus all those he dumped on you, will be dumped on his side.

Ghosts and Gobblin'

Tetris fan will recognize the game play. You rotate falling blocks so that they match up, line up, and disappear. If the blocks fill the screen, it's Game Over. But there's something here you haven't seen in Tetris (we hope) -- ghosts!

The famous PacMan ghosts are mixed in with the falling blocks. That can be a build-up problem for you, but it's a feast for Pac Man! When the 'Man drops down, he does what Pac Man always does -- he gobbles up any ghosts in his way. It's a major kick to line up dozens of ghosts in just the right pattern, and then have a single PacMan clear them out.

Try to distribute your blocks and ghosts to make a clear path of ghosts for your PacMan to eat. Watch which way his mouth is facing!

Pac Attack even helps you if the ghosts are out in full force. Each ghost you eat adds a little gold into a wand-shaped Fairy Meter. When the Meter fills with gold the Fairy dissolves the next eight to 10 rows of blocks, ghosts and all.

Pac to Pac

There are two other ways to attack this Pac. In Puzzle Mode, you work with a limited number of PacMen to clear screens already filled with blocks and ghosts. With 100 puzzle levels, you'll be gobbling for a good long time!

  • If you have to stack up ghosts vertically, do it at the edge of the screen -- not in the center.

Two-player Versus Mode will really Pac 'em in! You and a bud play in side-by-side windows. The more ghosts you eat on your side, the more ghosts are dumped into your opponent's side. If the Fairy eliminates rows of ghosts from your side, she dumps them in a heap on your opponent's side.

Pac(k)ed with Sights & Sound

In most puzzlers, graphics and sound usually take a back seat to game play, but not here. The entertaining characters look sharp, and the playing area sports a nice, clean design. The cartoonish music is jazzy and upbeat. The Latin track that plays under the Game Select Screen is a real gas, too!

Set your handicap to a faster speed than your opponent's in Versus Mode, and you'll eat ghosts much faster and pile a lot more ghosts on your opponent's side.10

  • Keep your ghosts grouped together. Pic a Pac While it's probably too difficult for very young gamers, Pac Attack will appeal to any puzzle player. This puzzler definitely belongs at the front of the Pac!

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Game modes: Single game mode

Player controls:

  • Up, Down, Left, Right - Arrow keys
  • Start - Enter (Pause, Menu select, Skip intro, Inventory)
  • "A" Gamepad button - Ctrl (usually Jump or Change weapon)
  • "B" button - Space (Jump, Fire, Menu select)
  • "C" button - Left Shift (Item select)

Use the F12 key to toggle mouse capture / release when using the mouse as a controller.


System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Pentium II (or equivalent) 266MHz (500MHz recommended), RAM: 64MB (128MB recommended), DirectX v8.0a or later must be installed

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

No, don't laugh - just try it! This game looks like nothing, but once you start playing you will not be able to stop! The three games are addictive, and the Two-Player Competition will have you and a friend playing until you drop!

This is another game in the vein of WordTris and Tetris! You use the falling Pac-Men to eat the ghosts and eliminate lines by making them all the same substance! There are three games: a Normal Mode, a Puzzle Mode, and a Two-Player Versus Mode, where you can play against a friend! There are also four skill levels!

  • Manufacturer: Namco
  • # of players: 1 or 2
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Available: June 1994
  • Number of Levels: 100
  • Theme: Puzzle

Pac-Attack is another game in the long line of Tetris-like puzzle games. It adds a semi-new twist because you use Pac-Man to eat the ghosts. Ghosts pollute your blocks and get in the way of destroying lines of bricks. You have to use Pac-Man to eat the ghosts and then complete the lines. Ghosts fall with your blocks, making it even more difficult to complete whole lines. In the Puzzle Mode, there is a prearranged setup of ghosts and bricks. You must get rid of all the ghosts using a limited number of Pac-Men. To make it more difficult, ghosts also fall with your bricks and Pac-Men. There are 100 levels in the Puzzle Mode and they increase in difficulty each level you go up. You can also try your luck with two players in Throat-to-Throat Mode where you compete to see who can get the most lines and ghosts. This game is tough but extremely addicting.

Normal Mode

In Normal Mode, the objective is to keep the screen as clear of ghosts and bricks as possible. Use Pac-Man to eat the ghosts and line up the bricks in horizontal lines to clear them out. Try to keep the ghosts lined up horizontally and vertically to allow Pac-Man to reach all of the ghosts. The higher the level, the faster and sometimes even slower, the pieces fall.

Puzzle Mode

This mode gives you a limited number of Pac-Men to use. You must eat all of the ghosts on the screen before you run out of Pac-Men. Doesn't that sound easy? I don't think so. The setup of the ghosts gets trickier and trickier the higher up you go. So go ahead and give it a whirl to see what you can do with it. This mode will definitely give you a run for your money.

This great puzzler offers the familiar twists and turns of Columns and Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, with some Pac-Man thrown in for good measure.

Chomp On

In PacAttack, you chow down on three play modes. In Tetrislike Normal play, you juggle puzzle pieces that drop from the top of the screen. The pieces are composed of blocks, the familiar Pac-Man Ghosts, and occasionally Pac- Man himself. You manipulate the pieces to stack them in rows at the bottom of the screen. When you complete a row, it disappears, earning you points. Ghosts, however, clog up the rows, so you must guide Pac-Man to chomp 'em up. The game's challenge lies in keeping the screen clear.

ProTip: In the easier mode, have the Fairy land as high onscreen as possible to take out the most Ghosts.

The game's other modes, Puzzle and Versus, are variations on the same theme. In Puzzle, you solve increasingly difficult challenges within a certain number of moves. In Versus, you compete against another player, which is the most enjoyable way to play.

Looks Good

Rounding out the fun, the simple graphics and variety of tunes look and sound surprisingly good for the Genesis. PacAttack's certainly a very familiar formula that follows the tradition of other puzzle greats, but the addition of one of the top video game stars of all time gives the game a nice strategic twist. It's well worth a trip down memory lane.

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