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User Reviews

There are no reviews for the Atari 8-bit release of this game. You can use the links below to write your own review or read reviews for the other platforms of this game.


Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.3
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.1
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.1
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.2
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 5.0
Overall User Score (10 votes) 4.2


Critic Reviews

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83
The Video Game Critic (Jan 28, 2003)
This version of Pac-Man is a step down from the arcade in terms of graphics, but the gameplay is just terrific. It looks just like the Atari 5200 version, but this Pac-Man moves slower, which makes it harder to nab ghosts. You can choose from 9 skill levels, and the control is dead-on. The graphics are fair overall, but could have been better. The dots and power pills are blocky, and the ghosts have black eye sockets instead of moving eyes. I was also a bit disappointed that the intermissions are not included. Oh well, at least the Pac-Man "death" animation is faithful to the arcade. The fruit looks good, but always seems to disappear just as I'm about to pass over it (rats!). This is a challenging version of Pac-Man, and it's fun to play too.
80
Atari Pacman is probably the most authentic arcade conversion ever made, rivalling Acornsoft's Snapper and Commodore's Jelly Monsters.
80
That is not all though, this A8 translation also has the intermissions that appear between levels and tell Pac-Man’s story. Most importantly of all Atari got the gameplay spot-on here and it really does play like a dream with the good old CX-40 joystick. So to sum up, this Pac-Man conversion, in stark contrast to the 2600 one, has everything that made the arcade game so great. So with that said, if you love Pac-Man, then a purchase of this game for your collection really is a no-brainer.
40
Home Computing Weekly (Sep 17, 1985)
[Datasoft version]
This is undoubtedly a very well presented version of the vastly popular arcade game. I cannot help but feel, however, that with the excellent state of other software available - amongst them many other US Gold titles - the purchase of this is a piece of pure nostalgia.