Google Celebrate’s Pac Man’s 30th Anniversary

Pac Man 30th Anniversary

Google’s first interactive doodle allows you to play Pac Man.  Don’t believe me?  Head on over to Google and check it out.  I’ll wait here while you look.

Isn’t it awesome?  I found it highly addicting.

Google made this doodle to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the game Pac Man.  On May 22, 1980, Namco Bandai released the iconic video game.  Originally called Puck Man, the game came to the U.S. in October of 1980 and sold 100,000 units in its first year of production.  The Guinness Book of World Records has Pac Man, who’s name comes from the Japanese “paku” meaning “chomp,” down as the world’s most successful coin operated game.

Google’s Pac Man doodle will be playable for the next 48 hours.  You can either wait ten seconds for the game to start or hit the “insert coin” button where the “I’m feeling lucky” button has been previously.

“Google doodler Ryan Germick and I made sure to include Pac-Man’s original game logic, graphics and sounds, bring back ghosts’ individual personalities, and even recreate original bugs from this 1980’s masterpiece,” said Marcin Wichary, senior user experience designer at Google and co-creator of the Pac-Man doodle. “Pac-Man seems like a natural fit for the Google homepage. They’re both deceptively straightforward, carefully hiding their complexity under the hood. There’s a light-hearted, human touch to both of them.”

Namco has released championship editions of the game on both the iPad and iPhone to celebrate the anniversary as well.  You can get them at the Apple apps store for $3.99.