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BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. and Caterpillar Inc. have announced The Cat Trial #9: PAC-MAN™, the newest entry in a series of short films demonstrating the capabilities of Caterpillar’s machines through different challenges, this time via a real-life game of PAC-MAN featuring a 29,296 sq. ft. maze and heavy duty machines. Just in time to celebrate PAC-MAN’s 40th anniversary, this entry sees five professionals from the worlds of esports and social media, as well as Caterpillar’s own customers manning construction equipment to live out their arcade dreams by recreating a classic PAC-MAN scenario.

To recreate the arcade experience on a real-life construction site, Caterpillar utilized 6,880 yards of cut dirt from which to dig out the maze and berm (a horizontal surface acting as a fortification). In the end, a total of 5,300 tons of earth was moved, resulting in a maze with walls measuring 4 ft. high and overall dimensions of 162.4 by 180.4 ft.

POWER PELLETS placed in the maze are represented by Cat Services— Customer Value Agreements, Repair Options, Cat Financial and Cat App, while fruit bonuses are also represented on the field by Cat part boxes. The participants controlling the Cat 236D3 skid steers using line-of-sight remote control systems were:

  • PAC-MAN™ – Played by Jim Kosner of JIMAX Landscaping & Demolition, Peoria, Ill.

  • BLINKY – Played by Joey Stone, NASCAR/Richard Childress Racing (RCR) eSports driver of the #8 Virtual Cat car

  • INKY – Played by Alfonso Farjardo of Horsepower Site Services, Charlotte, N.C., a Caterpillar Global Operator Challenge regional finalist

  • PINKY – Played by BLITZ, social media influencer, YouTube gaming content creator, and civil engineer

  • CLYDE – Played by Tom Gardocki, The Dirt Ninja, social media influencer, professional heavy equipment operator in landscaping and construction

For more information on Caterpillar’s Cat Trial series, including the Guinness World Records inductees for world’s largest game of Jenga® and the tallest sandcastle, please visit For more information on the ongoing celebrations for the 40th anniversary of PAC-MAN, please visit



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