Arithmetic Pac-Man History and Reflections Pac-Man is an arcade game that was developed by Namco and licensed for distribution in the United States by Midway. It was first released in Japan in 1980. It quickly caught on in the United States and has been a popular game ever since. My version of Pac-Man called Math-Pac-Man is based upon the same format with a slight twist. Instead of ghosts chasing you, and you eating up all the dots on a given level before moving to the next, you chase one ghost, the one with the right answer, and avoid the other ghosts. When you catch the correct ghost you receive points. When you are caught by the wrong ghost you loose points. Play the game for as long as you like. You have an unlimited number of lives.