Play the Original Pacman Online for Free

Where & how to play Pacman online

Screenshot of the free online game Flash Pacman
Flash Pacman.

The original Pacman game is now online as a flash game called Flash Pacman. No longer do you have to trek down to an arcade because you can play Flash Pacman right from the comfort of your own home.

We like this version of Pacman because it's super simple to play and even has a high score list you can aim to get on.

Below is some more information on this game like where to find it, the overall purpose of the game if you're not already familiar, and what the game controls are for playing.

Looking for more retro games? Try your hand at free online versions of Same Game, Falling Sand, and Zork.

How to Play Flash Pacman

Visit Flash Pacman and click PLAY GAME to get started.

Flash Pacman plays just as the original Pacman does, and it starts just a few seconds after hitting the play button. Keep reading if you're not familiar with the game controls.

Pacman moves forward automatically in whichever way he's facing, so you don't need to worry about controlling his speed or having him stop moving while you're playing. But to actually control his direction, you'll need to use the arrow keys on your keyboard in order to move Pacman around a path.

The instructions are rather self-explanatory: up arrow moves him up, the down arrow moves him down, the right arrow moves him right, and the left arrow moves him left.

The point of the game is to avoid the ghosts, for if they touch you, you will instantly lose a life, and you only have three. To avoid dying, use the arrow keys to make your way through a path that avoids the ghosts, and be sure not to back yourself into a corner!

However, at the same time, the point of the game is to see how many points you can collect, which is why you should try your best to run into as many dots as possible. Each dots that you eat increases your score.

Another way to get points is to eat the cherries and the flashing dots. The flashing dots not only give you points but also turns the ghosts into your prey, meaning you can now eat the ghosts to get points and to eliminate them from the game. When you eat one of these flashing dots, the ghosts will change their color to blue and start to run away from you. This means you should immediately change course and try to eat them before they turn back to their original color and make their way after you.

After you're done playing Pacman you can enter your name to the Pacman list of high scores. You can look at this high score list at any time by returning to the main menu (refreshing the page) and clicking on HIGH SCORES.

There are also some hidden controls in Pacman that can pause the game (p), quit the game (q), toggle a lower or higher quality version of the game (L), and mute the sounds (m).