PAC-MAN 99: Play (and win)

PAC-MAN 99 was recently released as a “free” incentive for Nintendo Switch Online members, and you may be wondering about the rules and regulations How to play how the game throws you down without instruction.

After the sad death of Super Mario Bros. 35 at the end of March, Nintendo has now given us a new Battle Royale variant of an old-school classic in the form of the beloved Pac-Man. This new game adds Tetris 99 to the growing list of Nintendo Switch Online perks, but these games don’t provide guidance on how the game works. Here are the rules, tips, and how to play (and win!) PAC-MAN 99

How to Play PAC-MAN 99

Core gameplay

As you might expect PAC-MAN 99 follows in the footsteps of Tetris 99 and doesn’t really touch the core gameplay of the original game. So if you’ve played Pac-Man before, you know what to expect. The general principle is to control Pac-Man through a maze while eating points and power pellets, dodging and attacking ghosts while trying to stay alive as long as possible. You can control Pac-Man with the control pad by default, but in the setting you can also change it to the left stick if you prefer.

The object of the game is to be the last standing Pac, referred to as the PAC-ONE in the game itself. You will compete against 98 other players for this title. The longer you stay in the game, the more intense it gets. Power Pellets don’t last that long and the intensity of the game is sure to increase when you play against the most experienced players.

to survive

Survival is the aim of the game in PAC-MAN 99 and it is actually very simple. You just have to make sure that you are not hit by any of the ghosts while the Power Pellet is inactive (ghosts can kill you if they are colored and are vulnerable if they are dark blue). However, this is much more difficult than it sounds, as it often feels like the ghosts can predict your movements and engage with you accordingly. So try to plan your routes to Power Pellets effectively to avoid being extinguished.


Attacking is an important part of PAC-MAN 99, and it’s also really fun to devour a whole platoon of ghosts and send Jammer Pac-Man to your opponents (more on that in New Mechanics below). The general idea is to pick up Power Pellets and take out as many ghosts as possible within the allotted time limit. The game gives you a warning that the ghosts will soon be deadly again if they start blinking white. Sometimes it is a better idea to be less aggressive and play slower in certain situations rather than trying to wipe out your opponents as quickly as possible. However, the more you play, the more you know when to react in certain situations.

New mechanics

This new iteration changes the core gameplay slightly with things like Jammer Pac-Man and Sleeping Ghosts. The sleeping ghosts are located to the left and right of the labyrinth and form a ghost train behind one of the ghosts. We’ll get into this shortly with the Power Pellet modes. Jammer Pac-Man can slow the player down and possibly be destroyed by a ghost. game over. The Jammers Pac-Man are sent to your screen when other players eat a ghost. This is why it is important to manage who you are attacking with Targeting options, by default, the correct stick as the game progresses to stay on top:

  • Random (top): This is the default option and sends your Jammer Pac-Man to random opponents. Easy.
  • Counter (left): This option is for all players targeting you. This is a good choice when you are under attack from a lot of players.
  • Knockout (below): This one is aimed at the most vulnerable players. This is useful when you want to get a KO or reduce the number of players.
  • Hunter (right): The last option is aimed at the best player in the game (most K.O’s), which is very risky. So be careful as you will likely get a lot of Yammer Pac-Man to deal with.

You can also manage the effects of Power Pellet Power-Ups, by default the A, B, X, Y keys to change your attacks:

  • Standard (Y): The default option and is the preferred mode for players just starting out. This is the standard mode for Power Pellets, nothing special.
  • Train (B): Adds more ghosts to the turn of “Sleeping Ghosts”. This is an aggressive move that allows you to eat up more ghosts to annoy your opponents when you grab a power pellet. However, this adds more Pac-Man yammer to your screen. So be careful with this one.
  • Speed ​​(A): This option speeds up Pac-Man while a Power Pellet is active, although it does not send as many Jammer Pac-Man to your opponents.
  • Stronger (X): The last option amplifies attacks and sends more Yammer Pac-Man to your opponents with each consumed spirit. However, the duration of the Power Pellet is reduced.

Don’t worry about who you’re attacking and change the effects of pellets too much when you start – just focus on doing your best to survive and get a grip on the general principle of the game . The rest, of course, will come when you play.

PAC-MAN 99 is now available exclusively for Nintendo Switch Online members on Nintendo Switch.

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