PAC-MAN 256 - 4 times more Pac-Man! (Release Trailer)
PAC-MAN is back! When PAC-MAN first arrived it featured a glitch that would make the game unplayable after a certain point. Now it's up to PAC-MAN to put a stop to that glitch which caused him trouble all those years ago in this brand new spin on a PAC-MAN game (with multiplayer!)
The History behind the famous glitch
Why does it happen?
The level counter in the original PAC-MAN is stored as an 8-bit integer, meaning the highest value it can hold is 255. However, a bug in the game's programming causes the level counter to "roll-over" to 256, resulting in an integer overflow and causing the game to attempt to draw 256 fruit to the screen. The result is the garbled mess on the right side of the maze.
It's impossible to complete
The game checks for 244 Pac-Dots eaten by Pac-Man for the level to end. The right half of the screen contains only 9 dots. 122 on the left half plus the mere 9 on the right half is 131, not nearly enough to progress. (The nine dots can be consumed again on each life, but you can't get enough lives to make it to 244.) This also explains why Ms. Pac-Man's kill screen doesn't automatically progress to the next level despite the lack of dots.
PAC-MAN 256 takes that glitch and turns it on it's head, allowing you endless levels, crazy mayhem and trying to stay ahead of the glitch! You can grab PAC-MAN 256 right now for 10% off!