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Pac-Man Hiding Spot Makes High Scores a Snap

This interesting bug (feature?) in the original Pac-Man game makes it easy to hide from the ghosts, ensuring a long-lived and well-fed Pac-Man.

Check out the video above to see the black hole you can park Pac-Man in to avoid assault by the ghosts. There’s two big caveats with this trick: first, it only works in the original game (spin offs and modern adaptations won’t necessarily have it but the original machine and MAME implementations of it will). Second, it doesn’t work if the ghosts see you park yourself there; you need to slip into the spot our of their direct line of sight.

Still craving more Pac-Man goodness? Check out these cheat maps that map out all the patterns you need to follow to sneak through every level unmolested by ghosts.

[via Neatorama]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 03/27/12

Comments (5)

  1. Semantics

    Would have been an interesting story 30 years ago.

  2. MythosStarfire

    The hiding spot on the cherry level was one of the debug points used for testing the patters of the ghost. ’nuff said.

  3. chottabhai

    didn’t know this existed.. don’t have a copy of the game to test this.. and “out of sight of the ghosts” seems much too difficult!!!

  4. TeChNiCa

    I really wonder how long can you stay there….

  5. Smaggy

    I knew about this back in ’83. I was at a restaurant with my dad and I started a game while he ordered. Then he called me over when it was ready and I put Pacman in the parking spot and went to eat. I came back afterwards and the ghosts were still hunting for me.

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