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Pac & Pal Pac & Pal - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Pac & Pal - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


In this sequel, Pac-Man unlocks doors by flipping over playing cards. Instead of power pills, Pac-Man takes on the powers of two special targets per round. Bonus rounds involve turning over as many cards as possible before finding the red monster.

Pac & Pal was produced by Namco in 1983.

Namco released 310 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1977. Namco was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Namco during the time period Pac & Pal was produced include: Clay Champ, Pitch In, Batting Chance, Warp & Warp, Tank Battalion, Libble Rabble, Mappy, Pac-Man & Chomp Chomp, Phozon, and Dragon Buster


Name Pac & Pal
Developer Namco (Japan)
Year 1983
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8952
Class Wide Release
Genre Labyrinth/Maze
Conversion Class unique
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 4-way (up, down, left, right)
  • Buttons: 1 - Fire
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Instructions Pac & Pal Instructions Image

Game Introduction

This installment puts a nice spin on the Pac-Man series. Pac-Man doesn't ever eat any ghosts in this game; he blasts them with the Galaga tractor beam, the smokescreen from Rally-X, musical notes, etc. There are no side exits on the screen, but there is an orange area in the center of the maze that slows down the monsters when they pass through it. The placement of the red monster on the bonus rounds is random, and it appears to not follow any pattern.

Only three doors can be unlocked at any given time. "Pal", the friendly green ghost, often steals the unlocked prizes and takes them to the monster base where they are lost forever.

Game Play

The object of this game is to clear each round by gobbling up all of the bonus targets. No "dots" are present in this installment (a la Super Pac-Man).

Pac & Pal KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 0.00 (0 votes)

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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

It is possible to "stun" all of the monsters more than once with a single "powerup" item, giving the player lots of extra bonus points - listen for the alarm and try to get in a few additional shots as the monsters are waking up. In addition, the powerup beams travel through the walls, making it possible to stun the ghosts from a safer vantage point.

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VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Pac & Pal Census

There are 14,743 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,469 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,447 machines (6,893 unique titles).

Uncommon - There are 10 known instances of this machine owned by Pac & Pal collectors who are active members. Of these, 3 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 7 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 2 active VAPS members with a Pac & Pal circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - There is one active VAPS member currently looking for Pac & Pal.

This game ranks a 3 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 2 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



The game uses two 6809 microprocessors and a Namco 8-channel PSG for sounds.


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