Pac-Man is a maze-based action game released internationally by Namco in 1980. It is considered by many to be one of the most successful and influential games of all time. It was a massive success in North America with an estimated 30 million players by 1982. Players control Pac Man and must eat all of the dots while avoiding the pursuing ghosts. Eating all of the dots will advance the player to the next level. If a ghost catches you, Pac Man loses a life. Lost them all and you lose!