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Based on Namco's Japanese-only arcade puzzler Cosmo Gang the Puzzle, Pac-Attack is similar to many block-dropping puzzle games from the time, such as Puyo Puyo.

The objective of the game is to place ghosts and then, after three pieces (which can include one or two blocks as well), make Pac-Man eat as many ghosts as possible to try and clear up the game area. Pac-Man's directions are chosen at random between left or right, but as he goes moving on the game area (after you place him, of course), if he bumps against a block or a "wall" on the game area, he will change his direction. As with many block-dropping puzzlers, if a line of blocks and/or ghosts reaches the top, the game ends. However, by filling up a meter on the left of the game area, a fairy may appear that can clear approximately 6 or 7 lines with ghosts, but it only clears the ghosts, although the blocks that were on top of them will drop.

Also, like many puzzlers, it contains a versus mode against another human player. It's similar to the many versus modes of puzzle games: eat plenty of ghosts and your opponent will recieve many ghosts on his area.

The game also includes a Puzzle mode. It features 100 levels, in which you have to eat all ghosts with no more than 4 Pac-Men at least (the number reduces in certain levels), and, unlike the other modes, you can change Pac-Man's direction with the press of a button.

All of the handheld versions (including the one on Pac-Man Collection) lack the versus mode.


Pac-Attack Genesis Password screen for the puzzle mode
Pac-Attack Genesis Pac-Man going on a feast
Pac-Attack SNES Game over
Pac-Attack Game Gear You must work within the given premises

Alternate Titles

  • "Pac-Panic" -- Japanese/European title
  • "パックパニック" -- Japanese spelling

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No one-line summary available SNES *Katakis* (38149)

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Genesis Nov, 1994 4.5 out of 5 90
Play Time SNES Jul, 1994 86 out of 100 86
Mega Fun SNES Jun, 1994 85 out of 100 85
Video Games SNES Dec, 1993 82 out of 100 82
Power Unlimited SNES Feb, 1994 7.9 out of 10 79
Portable Review Game Gear Oct 29, 2005 31 out of 40 78
Nintendo Life Wii Jan 15, 2008 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Game Gear Jul, 1994 6.6 out of 10 66 (UK) Wii Jun 30, 2008 6 out of 10 60
Total!! UK Magazine SNES 1994 60 out of 100 60


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Pac-Attack was not only released as a stand-alone game, but has been bundled with a lot of other Pac-themed games:

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