Pac-Attack is a puzzle game in the vein of Columns and Dr. Mario. It was adapted from Cosmo Gang the Puzzle, an arcade game released in the previous year.
Released by Namco, it features Pac-Man in various colors, as the playing pieces, with the Ghostmonsters as obstacles.
The game was initially published in 1993 for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis and Super NES. Game Gear and Game Boy versions followed in 1994. The Game Boy and Game Boy Color releases also feature a Super Game Boy enhanced color palette. Although Cosmo Gang the Puzzle was released to the arcades, there was never an arcade version of Pac-Attack. The game was also known as 'Pac-Man: Pac-Attack' and 'Pac-Panic'.
It has been re-released on various Namco anthologies such as the Game Boy Color's Pac-Man: Special Color Edition, Pac-Man Collection, Pac-Man World 2 and the PS2/Xbox/Gamecube version of Namco Museum. The SNES version was re-released on the Wii's Virtual Console download service in North America on January 14 2008, with a European release following on June 27 2008.
On a Tetris
-like board the player drops blocks consisting of Ghosts, Blocks, Pac-Men, and one Fairy (if your Fairy Meter is full) to the ground. The objective is to not let the blocks overflow, let Pac-Man eat the ghosts, and make lines to shorten the amount of blocks on the board. When Pac-Man eats a ghost, the Fairy Meter goes up. Once full, in the Pac-Man Bar (diagram that shows when next Pac-Man appears) the Pac-Man icon disappears and changes into a fairy icon. Once on board, when it hits something, it waves its wand and several lines below of anything disappear. Once the fairy disappears, the score bonus is given, and gameplay continues.
Pac-Attack can also be played in 2-player mode. Player 1 must eat Blinky, while Player 2 must eat Sue, the purple ghost from Pacmania