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, Namco Anthology 2, 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, a fairy will eventually be dropped. Once the fairy comes to a stop by landing on anything, it waves its wand and every ghost in the eight lines below it will disappear, often resulting in numerous lines being completed and simplifying the board. 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 Pac-Mania. As players eat ghosts and complete lines, they will drop ghosts on their opponent's board, messing up their board and bringing them closer to the top. This game can even be played in puzzle mode. The object of this mode is to smash all 100 stages. If you get a Game Over, all the regular blocks appear with red crosses on them, whilst Blinky and Sue over backwards laughing silently. However, you can try the level again.
|Arcade game series|
| Pac-Man | Ms. Pac-Man | Super Pac-Man | Pac & Pal | Baby Pac-Man |
Jr. Pac-Man | Pac-Land | Pac-Mania
Professor Pac-Man | Pac-Man Arrangement | Pac-Man VR
|Console game series|
| Pac-Man (Atari 2600) | Pac-Attack | Pac-In-Time | Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures |
Pac-Man World | Ms. Pac-Man Maze Madness | Pac-Man: Adventures in Time
Pac-Man Collection | Ms. Pac-Man: Quest for the Golden Maze | Pac-Man Fever
Pac-Man World 2 | Pac-Man Vs. | Pac-Pix | Pac 'n Roll | Pac-Man World 3
Pac-Man World Rally | Pac-Man Carnival
Pac-Man Championship Edition | Pac-Man Championship Edition DX