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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 CD-i I sure hope Namco had nothing to do with any of the art in this port.
Pac-Attack SNES A fairy comes to help wash away the ghosts
Pac-Attack SNES Versus mode in action
Pac-Attack Game Boy Select difficulty level

Promo Images

Pac-Attack Magazine Advertisement
Pac-Attack Screenshot
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

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Critic Reviews

All Game Guide Game Gear 2014 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) SNES May, 1994 87 out of 100 87
Mega Fun SNES Jun, 1994 85 out of 100 85
Total! (Germany) SNES Dec, 1993 2.25 out of 6 75
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 33 out of 50 66
Defunct Games CD-i Sep 03, 2006 64 out of 100 64
Retro Archives Genesis Jan 19, 2018 12 out of 20 60
Video Chums SNES Jun 21, 2015 5.5 out of 10 55
Sega Visions Game Gear Jun, 1994 52 out of 100 52


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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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