Did the original Pac-Man have a high score list? If so, how many scores could be saved?
I could only find an image showing the high score at the top of the game screen.
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If this commented Pacman disassembly is accurate, it appears that only one high score is maintained for the lifetime of the game. I believe the comment below (from the aforementioned disassembly) indicates the address range of the high score value:
;; 4e88-4e8b High score
The Ms. Pac-Man disassembly also seems to follow the same pattern:
; SCORE AABBCC ; $4e80 P1 CC ; $4e81 P1 BB ; $4e82 P1 AA ; $4e83 ; ; $4e84 P2 CC ; $4e85 P2 BB ; $4e86 P2 AA ; $4e87 ; ; $4e88 TOP CC ; $4e89 TOP BB ; $4e8a TOP AA
One may wonder: are these two commented disassembly print-outs accurate and legitimate? It's hard to say for sure, but a few Pacman-oriented websites cite them, this article being chief among them: Splitting Apart the Split Screen.
No, it does not. The game's attract sequence has three parts:
No high-score list is ever shown. In addition, no capability for initials entry exists. The current highest score achieved is recorded, but that is the extent of it.