Professor Pac-Man

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Developer: Bally Midway
Publisher: Bally Midway
Series: N/A
Genres: Quiz, Educational
Release date(s): Northamericaflagsmall August 12, 1983
Arcade system Bally Astrocade
Number of players One or two players
Input methods Three buttons (A, B, C)

Professor Pac-Man is an arcade game developed by Bally Midway in 1983.


The player is asked a series of questions, usually visual-based (example: "What is the mirrored image?"), while a timer is ticking down. Three answers are given, and if the question is answered correctly, an animated sequence will appear; the faster the response, the more points are awarded. While the exact amount is unknown, there are about 500 questions total - however, only 99 maximum will be asked in a single game.

Every couple rounds there is a "bonus question", which is usually a slightly harder puzzle that awards more points. If it is answered correctly, the scorecount will be doubled.

The game also features a two-player mode, where both players answer the same question simultaneously. Whoever answers correctly in the shortest amount of time gets the question correct.

Sales, Reception and Legacy

Professor Pac-Man was a commercial failure, as only 400 arcade machines were ever sold (compare to Pac-Man's estimated 400,000), 300 of which were later sent back to be converted to Pac-Land machines.

Midway stole the concept of Professor Pac-Man from a pitch by two arcade industry veterans; rather than work together on the game, Midway said they had no interest, then proceeded to copy it without them. The company was forced to pay royalties to both of them after they threatened legal action.


  • Originally three versions of Professor Pac-Man were planned to be produced - "Family", "Public", and "Prizes", which were going to be designed for arcades, bars and casinos, respectively. Only one version was ever released, which seems to be the Family version.




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