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System(s): Sega Game Gear
Publisher: Namco
Peripherals supported: Gear-to-Gear Cable
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1-2 (alternating)
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Game Gear
¥3,500 T-14017
Sega Game Gear
$29.95 T-14018
Sega Game Gear
$? T-14018

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Pac-Man (パックマン) is a 1980 arcade game developed by Namco. It became incredibly successful to the point that it saw ports to consoles of the time and continues to see ports — made in-house, officially licensed, and homebrew — to today's systems. The only port of the game to a Sega system, however, was an in-house port to the Sega Game Gear in late 1990 (consequently, it was released early 1991).

On an interesting note, Sega's 1982 arcade game Ali Baba and 40 Thieves runs on modified Pac-Man hardware.


The basic goal of Pac-Man is to eat all the dots (or pellets) in a maze, avoiding ghosts. By eating a power pellet, Pac-Man is able to eat the ghosts as well for a short period, and the ghosts will then respawn from the center of the screen. Levels are completed once all the dots are eaten, and extra points can be achieved by eating fruit.


The Game Gear version of the game is relatively faithful, though due to the smaller resolution, graphics are smaller in size and the full maze cannot be shown without scrolling. This problem can be addressed by selecting 1/2 screen size where the graphics are drawn smaller but the full maze is displayed at once.

Magazine articles

Main article: Pac-Man/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

SegaVisions US 06.pdf

Print advert in Sega Visions (US) #6: "Fall 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
also published in:

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
92 [4]
82 [5]
60 [6]
92 [7]
79 [8]
Sega Game Gear
Based on
5 reviews

Game Gear, US (Namco cart)
PacMan GG US Box Back Namco.jpgNospine.pngPacMan GG US Box Front Namco.jpg
PacMan GG US Cart Namco.jpg
Pacman gg us manual.pdf
Game Gear, US (Sega cart)

PacMan GG US Cart.jpg
Game Gear, US (Majesco)
PacMan GG US Box Back Majesco.jpgNospine.pngPacMan GG US Box Front Majesco.jpg
PacMan GG US alt cart.jpg
Pac-Man GG US Manual Majesco.pdf
Game Gear, JP (Namcot cart)

Game Gear, JP (Sega cart)
PacMan GG JP Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngPacMan GG JP Box Front.jpg
PacMan GG JP Cart.jpg

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Game Gear
CRC32 A16C5E58
MD5 E6985998D25D6C4FE36C2B8041244BB4
SHA-1 D78B6AAC927692F1B67E6A4B7494E2C7E709AE17
128kB Cartridge (JP)
Sega Game Gear
CRC32 B318DD37
MD5 8B8663CF7EF0A0BD595306FE28957441
SHA-1 ED27BAE791E2B24966C282AD307A1B8D2140F55C
128kB Cartridge (US)


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Pac-Man games for Sega systems
Sega Game Gear
Pac-Man (1991) | Ms. Pac-Man (1993) | Pac-Attack (1994)
Sega Master System
Ms. Pac-Man (1991) | Pac-Mania (1991)
Sega Mega Drive
Ms. Pac-Man (1991) | Pac-Mania (1991) | Pac-Attack (1993) | Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures (1994)
Sega Dreamcast
Ms. Pac-Man Maze Madness (2000)