Head to the arcade in your Linux terminal with this Pac-Man clone

Want to recreate the magic of your favorite arcade game? Today's command-line toy will transport you back in time.
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Linux toy: myman

Jason Baker

Welcome back to another day of the Linux command-line toys advent calendar. If this is your first visit to the series, you might be asking yourself what command-line toys are all about. Basically, they're games and simple diversions that help you have fun at the terminal.

Some are new, and some are old classics. We hope you enjoy.

Today's toy, MyMan, is a fun clone of the classic arcade game Pac-Man. (You didn't think this was going to be about the similarly-named Linux package manager, did you?) If you're anything like me, you spent more than your fair share of quarters trying to hit a high score Pac-Man back in the day, and still give it a go whenever you get a chance.

MyMan isn't the only Pac-Man clone for the Linux terminal, but it's the one I chose to include because 1) I like its visual style, which rings true to the original and 2) it's conveniently packaged for my Linux distribution so it was an easy install. But you should check out your other options as well. Here's another one that looks like it may be promising, but I haven't tried it.

Since MyMan was packaged for Fedora, installation was as simple as:

$ dnf install myman

MyMan is made available under an MIT license and you can check out the source code on SourceForge.

Linux toy: myman animated

Do you have a favorite command-line toy that you think I ought to profile? The calendar for this series is mostly filled out but I've got a few spots left. Let me know in the comments below, and I'll check it out. If there's space, I'll try to include it. If not, but I get some good submissions, I'll do a round-up of honorable mentions at the end.

Check out yesterday's toy, The Linux terminal is no one-trick pony, and check back tomorrow for another!

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Jason was an Opensource.com staff member and Red Hatter from 2013 to 2022. This profile contains his work-related articles from that time. Other contributions can be found on his personal account.


MyMan is an excellent game. I use it often to test my window manager for the console (VWM). For big fun, try running myman with the "-z big" parameter... it's much more challenging.

So how do I get this on Ubuntu?

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