Pac Man - Infamous Kill Screen Bug

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This gaming classic has a bug in it that prevents it from being completely finished. This bug occurs at the 256th board, where it will cause an overflow in the the 8-bit byte distinct values. As a result, the final board is unplayable, with the right half replaced by a series of garbled symbols and letters. Read on for more...

Split Screen in Pac Man

The 256th and final level in Pac-Man cannot be finished due to corrupting map glitches.

How do you do this glitch?Edit

It's extremely hard to do this glitch unless you have extreme patience and dedication. You have to play up to the 256th board which can take up to 6 hours of non-stop playing. You can also use an emulator and skip to it.

Why does this glitch happen?Edit

Because the coding is a boatload of turd and awkward "Okay, the number of pellets pacman ate isn't enough, keep going. (doesn't realize the glitch)" (directly from Wikipedia and other sites).

How can I prevent this glitch? Edit

You can't with normal arcade machine versions. Some versions, however, have a board reset after completing the 255th board, meaning you start again at the first board with your score staying the same as you left it before the reset. This allows you to continue with the game without being attacked by the bug. However, this is assuming that you would actually WANT to complete the game, and not encounter the glitch. also has a fix for the glitch. Also there is a great game for mobile called PacMan 256. Made by Namco and Hipster Whale, it is this bug plus Crossy Road.

So what does this mean for me? Edit

  • " It means you can only get about 3,333,360 points. It means you can't play this game forever. " - gorilla_suit
- Also, it means you waste a quarter. =]
The subroutine is broken.

Credits and acknowledgements Edit

  • Wikipedia for this information
  • Google for telling me about Wikipedia
  • Everyone here at Glitchipedia for reading my glitches

Links Edit

If it is the link to the kill screen page
Happy glitching without the smile :(

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