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Pac-Man Death - Sound Effect (HD)



Pac-Man's sound effects are immediately recognizable, from the character's constant 'waka-waka' chomping to his withering death cry. In fact, these noises are so effective at giving form to the abstract gameplay that players familiar with the game can mentally reconstruct its visuals just by listening. Even though Pac-Man is a simple title, its appealing gameplay owes an enormous debt to the whimsical, hypnotic, and satisfying soundscape that provides players with needed feedback.




Pac-Man Death - Sound Effect (HD)



Pac-Man provides players with a near-constant barrage of sonic information. Most of these noises are delivered with pre-fixed cadence. Pac-Man's constant gobbling signifies movement, the ghosts' steady march back to their pen after being devoured indicates a degree of safety, and so on. These sound effects have an almost hypnotic effect on the player, coaxing them into a flow state. In short, the sounds in Pac-Man make it easier for players to perform at their best, and win or lose, achieving flow is always deeply satisfying regardless of how old the game is.


This is another example of how Pac-Man helps players get in the zone, but it also leverages a sound-design principle with near-universal resonance. Even though the sound effect is not exactly musical, it works the same way as a character's theme song kicking in at a crucial point in a movie, or the theme song of an anime being overlaid on top of a triumphant moment in the story. It transforms the player emotionally while the mechanical change empowers them within the context of the game. This is not simply a convention that has aged well; it's a sensation with timeless appeal.


Even if the actual sound of certain effects are different from platform to platform, they are so well-designed that the core experience remains the same. While leveraging technological capabilities and establishing a pleasing sound is a crucial aspect of sound design in video games, the timing and mechanical significance of those sounds are even more important. The distinction between those two principles is akin to the difference between a game that ages well, and a game like Pac-Man that never seems to age at all.


Dutch gaming magazine MSX Gids gave the MSX version of Oh Shit! an overall score of 4.5 out of five, rating graphics, game quality, and price five stars, but giving sound three stars. MSX Gids criticises Oh Shit!'s sound effects, stating that "The speech, which gets boring quickly, has been added at the expense of the original wokka-wokka sounds. Too bad."[9]


Dutch gaming magazine MSX Club Magazine reviewed the MSX version of Oh Shit! in 1986, giving it an overall score of 9/10, beginning their description of Oh Shit!'s gameplay by stating "You already know how to play it: it's Pac-Man." MSX Club called Oh Shit!'s graphics "not graphically amazing, but this doesn't hinder gameplay", and criticised Oh Shit!'s sound effects, stating that "Beyond the typical irritating Pac-Man sounds there's also speech present", and calls the death message of "Oh Shit!" "terrible shouting". MSX Club notes a difficulty curve in Oh Shit! as the game progresses, and praises the addition of cutscenes.[6]


  • Advertising A commercial for 7-up from 1984 features Pac-Man drinking the titular soda to power-up and eat the ghosts. In a later scene, the ghosts drink 7-up with Pac-Man.

  • A commercial for Pizza Hut's $10.00 Tastemaker Pizza features Craig Robinson playing the tabletop arcade version of Pac-Man while hawking the titular pizza, questioning if Pac-Man got tired of eating the same Pac-Dots every day, and asking who else would eat Pac-Dots.

  • A commercial for Reese's features a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup acting like Pac-Man and eating Resse's Pieces the way Pac-Man eats Pac-Dots. Actual music and sound effects from the Pac-Man game are also used in the commercial.

  • A commercial for Subway Fresh Fit meals features a kid playing a Pac-Man-like video game called "Snakka", where a boy named Snakka runs through a maze eating junk food, and the more junk food he eats, the fatter he gets. When he unlocks a sundae in what looks like the Ghosts' Nest, his fat gets him stuck in it, causing the kid to get a Game Over.



  • Asian Animation Happy Heroes: In Season 8 episode 22, Huo Haha reminds Big M. that Happy S. is still a candy cracker from Huo's magic, and there's a danger of him being eaten. As he says this, the accompanying visuals show Huo as Pac-Man, consuming Happy S., complete with sound effects from the original Pac-Man.

  • In Season 13 episode 1, Doctor H. briefly teleports to an 8-bit environment that features the Pac-Man ghosts in it.

  • In the Simple Samosa episode "Khelo Samosa", the townsfolk are trapped in an arcade game and Samosa and friends have to rescue them. The arcade machine they get sucked into is for a game called "Pakwanman" featuring a familiar yellow circular character.



  • Western Animation Action League NOW!: In "What's Eating The Flesh?", The Flesh catches a body-eating virus from an infected guinea pig. When Bill shows the heroes video feed of what's happening to him, it is revealed to be a game of Pac-Man.

  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius: In "Operation: Rescue Jet Fusion", a clam chases Jimmy, Carl, and Sheen through a maze as 8-bit music plays.

  • Amphibia: In "Anne or Beast", Polly eats candies off the ground in a way that's very reminiscent of Pac-Man.

  • Arthur: In "Crime and Consequences", in the fair, one of the arcade machines is a parody of Pac-Man, called "Pac Dog".

  • The Cleveland Show: In "How Cleveland Got His Groove Back", Cleveland borrows a stool from a Ms. Pac-Man arcade machine, hoping no one wants to play the game. When he overhears someone saying that he wanted to play Ms. Pac-Man, Cleveland imitates Pac-Man's death animation.

  • Dexter's Laboratory: In "Game Over", while in Master Computer's domain, Dexter gets chased by a monster that looks like Pac-Man.

  • Drawn Together: The Hanna-Barbera cartoon version of Pac-Man appears in "Gay Bash", where he states that Ms. Pac-Man was just him in drag.

  • In "Nipple Ring-Ring Goes to Foster Care", Captain Hero's room has a poster of Pac-Man.

  • "Spelling Applebees" has a scene where Captain Hero imitates Pac-Man.

  • Family Guy: In "Stuck Together, Torn Apart", when Peter and Lois split up, Peter tells Lois that it didn't work too well for Pac-Man. What follows is a cutaway where three of the ghosts try to cheer Pac-Man up, but to no avail.

  • In "Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story", Stewie and Brian are seen playing the tabletop version of Pac-Man.

  • In "Meet the Quagmires", Peter plays a game called "Menstrual Ms. Pac-Man".

  • In the opening credits for "Road to the Multiverse", Brian is seen playing Pac-Man, showing Stewie as Pac-Man, and the rest of the Griffin family as the ghosts.

  • In "Joe's Revenge", Peter mimics the death sound effect from Pac-Man.

  • In "Candy Quahog Marshmallow!", Peter describes Quagmire and Sujin as a cute couple, just like Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man. A cutaway implies Pac-Man performing oral sex on Ms. Pac-Man, accompanied by his munching sounds.

  • In "Cutawayland", Pac-Man follows Wreck-It Ralph into the restroom and is killed by the stench.

  • In "A Wife-Changing Experience", Ms. Pac-Man accuses Pac-Man of sexual assault.

  • Futurama: In "Anthology of Interest II", Pac-Man appears as the general who leads the Planet Express crew through a Pac-Man-like maze. During the Nintendian invasion of Earth, Lrrr's ship shoots Pac-Man, and he died disappearing by folding over like in the Pac-Man games. Ms. Pac-Man came and cried over him, then Fry asks Amy to tend to the "widow Pac-Man".

  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: In "House of Bloo's", the Extremeasaur chases Bloo through the junkyard in a parody of Pac-Man.

  • In the Gravity Falls episode "Fight Fighters", Soos says that Ghost Maze, a thinly-veiled parody of Pac-Man, taught him how to eat ghosts, which came in handy when his house was haunted.

  • Jellystone!: One portion of "Yogi's Tummy Troubles" has Yogi chasing the residents of Jellystone in a Pac-Man-like sequence.

  • In the Let's Go Luna! episode "Loco for Cocoa!", Luna sings about Montezuma II, an Aztec king who loved chocolate. He is shown going through a Pac-Man-like maze eating chocolate treats, complete with the sound effects.

  • In The Little Rascals episode "Trash Can Treasures", Porky plays on Buckwheat's microcomputer a game similar to Pac-Man, in which he controls a piranha eating pies in a simplified maze.

  • MAD: "Super 80's" - There is a scene where people are being chased by Pac-Man.

  • "Diary of a Wimpy Kid Icarus" - Pac-Man is seen getting chased by the ghosts. Later, Ms. Pac-Man appears as a school teacher.

  • "ParaMorgan" - The ghosts appear in this sketch.

  • Robot Chicken: "Tubba-Bubba's Now Hubba-Hubba" - In a segment that parodies Pac-Man with The Matrix, Pac-Man comes across a Morpheus-like Pac-Man who tells him that the world he is living in is a dream.

  • "The Core, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover" - Pac-Man eats Sam Wheat from Ghost (1990).

  • "Fool's Goldfinger" - Pac-Man and the ghosts are among the video game characters appearing in a musical revolving around gay video game characters (in real life, Pac-Man is not gay).

  • "Butchered in Burbank" - The life of Pac-Man's romantic relationship unfolds in three shorts.

  • "Stone Cold Steve Cold Stone" - Pac-Man teaches sex ed to some Pac-Kids at a school.

  • "Chipotle Miserables" - Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man appear in a parody of Paranormal Activity.

  • "Hey I Found Another Sock" - Ms. Pac-Man serves Pac-Man Pac-Dots for dinner.

  • Rocko's Modern Life: In "Frog's Best Friend", Earl chases Ed through a maze of dots.

  • The Simpsons: In "I Married Marge", Mr. Burns is seen playing Ms. Pac-Man.

  • In "Lisa's First Word", Marge says Lisa first spoke at a time when Ms. Pac-Man struck a blow for women's rights.

  • In "A Tale of Two Springfields", When The Who tell Homer that they don't know the words to Pac-Man Fever, Homer tries to demonstrate by singing a verse of the song.

  • "Homer and Ned's Hail Marry Pass" features a fictional scene from Super Bowl XVI, where Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man get married.

  • The Couch Gag for "Sorry Not Sorry" depicts Homer as Pac-Man and Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie, and Ned as the Ghosts. After the Pac-Man intro song plays, Homer eats Maggie, Bart, Lisa, and Marge in that respective order, but he doesn't succeed in eating Ned, then says, "Oh, Stupid Flanders!" before he mimics Pac-Man's death animation.

  • SpongeBob SquarePants: In "Krusty Kleaners", SpongeBob and Patrick are briefly shown in a Pac-Man-like video game while engaging in a maze around the office.

  • Tiny Toon Adventures: In "Gang Busters", Buster and Plucky pass the time in a dark jail cell by playing Pac-Man with their illuminated eyeballs. Plucky's eye takes on the form of Pac-Man, and Buster's eyes take on the forms of ghosts.

  • In "Buster and Babs Go Hawaiian", Montana Max plays a spoof of Pac-Man called "Plane-Man", where Pac-Man is depicted a plane who eats clouds.

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