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Pac-Man (Atari 2600)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

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How To Make A Great Game... Anything But. Guy Chapman (1744) 1.25 Stars1.25 Stars1.25 Stars1.25 Stars1.25 Stars
It Sucks that it's based on Pac-man, but it's not a bad game. JohnLennon224 (16) 2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars
A decent game on it's own, but needs work. Joel Mitchell (8) 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.5
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 2.6
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.7
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed -
Overall MobyScore (53 votes) 3.0

The Press Says

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W historii gier pojawiają się czasem takie pozycje, które wywracają wszystko do góry nogami i sprawiają, że nam graczom opadają przysłowiowe szczęki. Są takie pozycje, które są na tyle innowacyjne, że wyznaczają nowe standardy i kierunki rozwoju gier. Są w końcu również i takie, które porażają oprawą audiowizualną. Tak się akurat składa, że w historii elektronicznej rozrywki jest dosłownie kilka gier, które spełniają wszystkie te warunki. Jedną z nich jest Pac-Man.
Game Freaks 365
Overall, this game isn’t bad. It’s just that far better games of this type are available on the Atari 2600. If you can’t find Ms. Pac-man, Jr. Pac-man, or one of the decent Pac-man clones, this game is enough to keep you entertained, but if you already have Ms. Pac-man or Jr. Pac-man, I would recommend not pursuing the addition of this game to your collection unless it is for collection purposes.
The work put into that cartridge kind of made me look at it as Atari's apology to us gamers. It obviously wasn't a PERFECT port, but there were multiple colors of ghost; fruit was bouncing around the mazes ready to be gobbled for bonus points and every couple times you cleared a maze, the lay-out changed. Now that's how to make a worthy console version of a game!
Atari HQ
After all is said and done, this version is a slap in the face to Pac-fans, and the worst Pac-Man game in history. If you want a 2600 Pac-fix, you'll be better of with Ms. Pac-Man and Jr. Pac-Man, two far superior arcade translations.
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
You could almost forgive Atari if they had just tried to simulate the arcade game in terms of its gameplay, but they failed there as well. The layout is completely different than the arcade and the blocky walls and oversized dots completely alter the atmosphere. A huge scoring display and boxes that represent “number of Pac-Mans left” add to that non-Pac, squarish feel. One good thing about the game is the control - I had fewer problems “missing the turn” than on other Pac-clones, probably because the openings are so large and the game moves so slowly that you really can’t miss! A truly forgettable experience. In fact, forget you even read this review and get on with your life.
The Video Game Critic
This game can also be faulted for being too easy, so you'll need to play on the hardest difficulty level if you want any sort of challenge. This has rush job written all over it. Atari later released the excellent Ms. Pac-Man and Jr. Pac-Man games, but the damage had already been done.