Pac-Man is one of the longest-standing and most popular games in the history of video gaming. First released in 1980, Pac-Man features a very simple 2D interface where you control a giant yellow head that gobbles up little points of light called Pac-Dots while avoiding ghosts (named Blinky, Inky, Pinky, and Clyde) that kill you on contact. You can consume power pellets that give your Pac-Man temporary powers over the ghosts, allowing him to eat them as well. Consuming a ghost sends it back to its starting point (generally in the middle of the map), allowing you a few extra seconds of freedom to gobble up more Pac-Dots before they reach you again. It’s quite addicting even today, and finding a way to play it on a browser is a great step towards killing boredom at the office.
This is where World’s Biggest PAC-MAN comes in. This site, designed for IE 9 (but it works in Google Chrome just fine), allows you to experience Pac-Man in a new way using just your browser. Instead of gobbling up Pac-Dots in a single maze, this game spreads across tens of thousands of them, mostly made by users like yourself and added to the ever-expanding grid. Going through the top, bottom, left, or right exit sends you into the adjoining maze where you’ll be chased by a new set of ghosts inside a different maze. You don’t have to eat all the Pac-Dots in one maze to get to the next. Everything is tallied together into one consistent score across each new playing area you try out. You can even pick a starting position in any one of the user-created mazes across the massive 49,150 square grid.
To date, 1,386,756,169 Pac-Dots have been eaten along with over 16,614,607 ghosts. It appears this site is most popular in the United States, Brazil, and Argentina as these three countries currently hold the top three positions for most Pac-Dots consumed. You can choose to sign in using your Facebook account, or just play for fun with your score saved on a cookie throughout your current browser session.
Over all, World’s Biggest PAC-MAN is a great game for lovers of the old classic arcade game looking for a way to recapture the excitement of playing a new maze for the first time.