|In addition to
knowing your enemy there are also a number of given events in each level you should know
- The most dangerous
area is the bottom row, which is why almost all Pac-Man patterns aim at clearing this
first. The second most dangrous are the corner areas where your exits can be blocked by
the ghosts closing in. You are most safe in the middle area around the ghost house where
there are many escape routes to choose from.
- The power pills change in the duration
they affect the ghosts every level. Eat one and the ghosts will turn blue for you to eat
and head in the opposite direction they were going before you ate it (this is very useful
to know in later stages). They will be longest immediately after an intermission and
shortest in the level just before an intermission. Until they do not turn the ghosts blue
anymore at all...
- Even when hard on your tail, at regular
intervals the ghosts will scatter and return into their respective corners. They usually
follow the same route when they do.
- Coming out of their house in the middle
of the maze, the ghosts always adopt the same way to their respective corner first, before
- Use the tunnels to gain advantage, You
are much faster in the tunnels than the ghosts. Lure them into following you into the
tunnel and shoot out at the other end with a healthy lead.
- Using the tunnels at the end of the
patterns can win you more time if used wisely. It is useful to know that if you lured the
ghosts into following you into the tunnel, upon exiting it you can make your way to the
bottom (and nearer) power pill in time so that the ghosts will turn back into the tunnel
itself when you gobble it up. This can win you a decisive advantage!
- Learn to do "head fakes", quick
jerks of the joystick which fake the ghosts into changing direction or anticipating your
- Read the ghosts eyes: The ghosts eyes
give away which direction they are going to turn next, they always look which way they'll
go slightly before turning.
- You are faster on a clear road: If on the
run, chose paths which have been cleared already to gain more speed advantage over your
- The Escape Routes: The two exits above
the ghost house and above the Pac-Man start position can only be travelled downwards by
the ghosts, never upwards unless they are blue and on the run. God to know this when you
are being chased! (Thanks to Simon for this tip :))
- The hiding place: There is one safe spot
in the maze. Reach it when none of the ghosts are looking at you and you can stay there
safely for as long as you like. The ghosts will not find you. See below for the safe