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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 Game Gear High score list
Pac-Attack Game Boy The high scores
Pac-Attack SNES European title screen
Pac-Attack Game Gear Normal mode in action

Promo Images

Pac-Attack Screenshot
Pac-Attack Magazine Advertisement GamePro (International Data Group, United States), Issue 60 (July 1994)
Pac-Attack Screenshot
Pac-Attack Screenshot

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

No one-line summary available SNES Katakis | カタキス (40354)

Critic Reviews

Portable Review Game Gear Oct 29, 2005 31 out of 40 78
Total! (Germany) SNES Dec, 1993 2.25 out of 6 75 Genesis Oct 16, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Game Players SNES Oct, 1993 67 out of 100 67
Retro Archives CD-i Jan 19, 2018 13 out of 20 65
Defunct Games CD-i Sep 03, 2006 64 out of 100 64
Retro Archives SNES Jan 19, 2018 12.5 out of 20 62
Total!! UK Magazine SNES 1994 60 out of 100 60
Retro Archives Genesis Jan 19, 2018 12 out of 20 60
Retro Archives Game Boy Jan 19, 2018 11 out of 20 55


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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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