Thirty years ago today, a certain video game from Namco, featuring a curious little yellow fellow with a taste for dots and ghosts, hit the arcades in Japan. That round little yellow guy is known as PAC-MAN -- you may have heard of him. In the decades that followed, PAC-MAN became an arcade phenomenon spawning a great-many spin-offs and stands today as an icon of '80s pop culture. And the 1980 original is hugely popular, even still. (Don't miss today's playable PAC-MAN-themed Google doodle.)

Namco is celebrating PAC-MAN's 30th birthday by launching a sweepstakes, detailed on the official PAC-MAN website, to win a PAC-MAN-themed Smart Car as well as running sales on various titles across several platforms.

The discounts on PAC-MAN titles in the App Store follow:

Namco's sale on the indicated items will remain in place until 6 PM (PST) tomorrow, Sunday, May 23. The most compelling grab of the list, in our opinion, is the excellent PAC-MAN Championship Edition, an iPhone conversion of the XBLA original.

  • http://www.silentrocco.com Silent Rocco

    PAC-MAN Championship Edition is the best PAC-MAN game out there.
    And a steal for a buck. Get it!

  • http://www.silentrocco.com Silent Rocco

    PAC-MAN Championship Edition is the best PAC-MAN game out there.
    And a steal for a buck. Get it!

  • Dekon

    Gameloft celebrates 10y =free games :)
    Namco celebrates 30y= price cuts ? wtf

  • Dekon

    Gameloft celebrates 10y =free games :)
    Namco celebrates 30y= price cuts ? wtf

  • WingedDevil

    What kind of achievements did Pac-Man has? OpenFeint?

  • WingedDevil

    What kind of achievements did Pac-Man has? OpenFeint?

  • TheSporkWithin

    Unfortunately, the "expansion pack" for Championship Edition is still four bucks, and without it the game is somewhat kneecapped. I bought it knowing this, and decided that the entire game was *easily* worth five bucks total, and grabbed the DLC.

  • TheSporkWithin

    Unfortunately, the "expansion pack" for Championship Edition is still four bucks, and without it the game is somewhat kneecapped. I bought it knowing this, and decided that the entire game was *easily* worth five bucks total, and grabbed the DLC.

  • james

    sunday is the 23

  • http://n/a james

    sunday is the 23

  • TheSporkWithin

    It's 2 bucks off, from $7 to $5. That's more of a discount than they took off of the original Pac Man, and it's a fantastic game with a ton of content. Spew your vitriol somewhere else, this is perhaps the worst "justification" of piracy I hae ever seen.

    • TheSporkWithin

      Whoops, and the comment I was responding to has vanished. Go ahead and delete these too. >_<

  • RhythmMan

    No thanks, $2 off is not a good deal. These old games aren't worth more than $1 each.

    Who the heck are these grown up children in their 30's paying $7 for PAC-MAN?

    • Thowky

      Surely a game is worth as much as you feel it is. Pac Man is still a great game that's aged well and has loads of replay value.

      Most people aren't like people posting on here and will only buy a few games for their phone that will last them for years, $5 really isn't a lot for them considering how much the iphone/touch cost them in the first place.

  • RhythmMan

    No thanks, $2 off is not a good deal. These old games aren't worth more than $1 each.

    Who the heck are these grown up children in their 30's paying $7 for PAC-MAN?

    • Thowky

      Surely a game is worth as much as you feel it is. Pac Man is still a great game that's aged well and has loads of replay value.

      Most people aren't like people posting on here and will only buy a few games for their phone that will last them for years, $5 really isn't a lot for them considering how much the iphone/touch cost them in the first place.

  • WingedDevil

    I don't see any achievements, leaderboars or a chat in Pac-man :-/

  • WingedDevil

    I don't see any achievements, leaderboars or a chat in Pac-man :-/

  • Mark

    PACMAN is one of the greatest games of all time. Read that line again. It is one of the GREATEST games of ALL TIME. Now take a moment of silence and think about it long and hard. After you have thought about it, consider that it is 1) easy to pick and play 2) has lots of longevity 3) gets crazy challenging 4) and is heaps of fun. You can have this in your pocket wherever you go and play it whenever you want, and it's only a few $. Not only that, but it has sentimential and classic and a 'timeless' quality to it. I can't think of any other game on any console that has all of these qualities in one.

  • Mark

    PACMAN is one of the greatest games of all time. Read that line again. It is one of the GREATEST games of ALL TIME. Now take a moment of silence and think about it long and hard. After you have thought about it, consider that it is 1) easy to pick and play 2) has lots of longevity 3) gets crazy challenging 4) and is heaps of fun. You can have this in your pocket wherever you go and play it whenever you want, and it's only a few $. Not only that, but it has sentimential and classic and a 'timeless' quality to it. I can't think of any other game on any console that has all of these qualities in one.

  • TheSporkWithin

    It's 2 bucks off, from $7 to $5. That's more of a discount than they took off of the original Pac Man, and it's a fantastic game with a ton of content. Spew your vitriol somewhere else, this is perhaps the worst "justification" of piracy I hae ever seen.

  • TheSporkWithin

    Whoops, and the comment I was responding to has vanished. Go ahead and delete these too. >_<