Toru Iwatani: The Legendary Pac-Man Designer

  • Immensely popular up to the present day, Pac-Man, as an arcade game, has been created by a famous Japanese game designer known as Toru Iwatani.

    Iwatani was born in the Meguro Ward in Tokyo. He started his career in video game business last 1977 by joining the Namco Limited Company, popularly known as Namco. They became the front-runner during the golden age of Pac-Man.

    Pac-Man Beginnings

    Pac-Man is the landmark of the video gaming history. Upon its release, the game became a social phenomenon. It was popularly known as “Pakku-Man” during the 1980s. This became a hit and caught the attention of an arcade manufacturer, Midway. They bought the United States’ right for the game and released it in the U.S. as “Pac-Man.” After many years later, Iwatani went back to his Pac-Man roots by releasing Pac-Man championship edition in Xbox 360.


    Iwatani made a recent appearance in the Pixels film, featuring Pac-Man as an antagonist. Pixels is an American Science Fiction film, starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad, Michelle Monoghan and many more. The movie is inspired by Pac-Man characters as well as the popular Space Invaders.

    Other Games Created by Iwatani

    Another game created by Iwatani is Libble Rabble but it wasn’t that popular compared to Pac-Man. This game is challenging as well wherein the players try to collect the mushrooms while avoiding enemies. Next is the Gee Bee series. This is a combination of a pinball-style game with that of a ball-and-paddle game. The player will have to bounce the ball int he blocks with the goal of keeping it from falling down. Another is the Pole Position which was released by Namco in 1982. It became the most popular coin-op arcade game in those days. It became the highest-grossing game even in Northern America.