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Puck Man Puck Man - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Puck Man - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


A yellow, pie-shaped character runs along inside a maze, eating dots as it avoids four ghosts. Each ghost has its own unique personality and gobbling one of the four super dots makes Puckman invincible to the ghosts for a given period of time. Each maze has its own unique bonus fruit or object with bonus points increasing as the game progresses.

Puck Man was produced by Namco in 1979.

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 Puck Man was produced include: Gee Bee, Shoot Away, Bomb Bee, Cutie Q, Galaxian, SOS, and Navarone


Name Puck Man
Developer Namco (Japan)
Year 1979
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 9149
Class Wide Release
Genre Labyrinth/Maze
Conversion Class Namco Galaxian
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 4-way (up, down, left, right)
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Instructions Puck Man Instructions Image
Bezel Puck Man Bezel Image
Control Panel Puck Man Control Panel Image
Side Art Puck Man Side Art Image

Game Play

Puckman must clear the maze of all 240 dots and all four energizers to proceed to the next level of difficulty. As Puckman eats the dots, the ghosts chase him around the maze and if Puckman collides with one of the ghosts, he loses a life.

He can eat one of the energizers to turn the ghosts dark blue, which make them edible for him. But after Puckman has eaten any of the ghosts, their eyes will return to the pen in the middle of the maze where they will each regenerate into their former selves and return to chase him again.

Occasionally, a bonus fruit or prize will temporarily appear in the middle of the maze below the ghosts' pen. Puckman can eat those bonus items to receive extra points. Also, there is an escape tunnel in the sides of the maze which Puckman can use to get away from any of the ghosts that may be pursuing him.

After the maze has been cleared of all 240 dots and all four energizers, the entire sequence will begin again with increased difficulty. Between every three, four or five completions, there are musical, animated intermissions to amuse the player while he or she waits for the next challenge to begin.

Everything Puckman eats has different point values. The dots are 10 points each, the energizers are 50 points each, the dark blue ghosts are respectively 200, 400, 800 and 1600 points. There are different point values for every bonus fruit or prize that is eaten: cherries, 100 points strawberry, 300 points peach, 500 points apple, 700 points grapes, 1000 points Galaxian, 2000 points bell, 3000 points and key, 5000 points. You will also get a bonus Puckman at 10000 points.

Puck Man KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 0.00 (0 votes)

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This games name was changed to IPacManI due to the fact that the middle section of the P could be scratched away making the name offensive to people.

Cabinet Information

The original artwork for this Japanese game much more colorful than the Midway version IPacManI.


Original Japanese version of IPacManI.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Puck Man 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).

Common - There are 43 known instances of this machine owned by Puck Man collectors who are active members. Of these, 18 of them are original dedicated machines. 6 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 19 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with a Puck Man machine for sale. There is one active VAPS member with an extra Puck Man circuit board for sale.

Wanted - There are 5 active VAPS members currently looking for Puck Man. There is one active VAPS member looking for a Puck Man circuit board set.

This game ranks a 16 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 10 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]



Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 96; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 96; Color photo

Additional References (logged in members often see more)

  1. 3D Model (External): Upright B
  2. 3D Model (External): Upright A

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