You might not think of the original Pac-Man arcade game as having a theme song—it’s really more of a jingle than a full-fledged musical number. Whatever you want to call it, you’ve probably heard it a thousand times by now. It’s that little ditty that plays right before you start hearing the pill-eating “waka-waka” sound and Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde begin their ceaseless pursuit of the insatiable Pac-Man. It’s quietly one of the most iconic songs in video games, and here it is in its original glory in case you still need your memory jogged:
Now that we’re on the same page, musician and YouTuber Dave Wave went ahead and recorded this timeless jingle in a smattering of different styles, proving that with very little, you can do more than you’d probably expect.
He takes us to an old Western saloon with his jaunty ragtime arrangement of the song, and then to Havana, Cuba with his Latin jazz take on the jingle. It feels like we’re at Sunday mass with his church organ version, and we teleport back to the 1600s via his baroque harpsichord rework. And of course, we felt the beat drop when Wave went all dubstep on us.
It’s always fun to see classic songs reinterpreted like this, even if the source material is a mere five seconds long. Check it out above, and let us know in the comments what other iconic and catchy video game jingles you’d like to see given this treatment.
Featured image: Nintendo