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We know that millions of people all over the world just love the PAC-MAN arcade game. PAC-MAN has won the hearts of men, women, and children everywhere. We also know that PAC-MAN has traditionally been an arcade game. Well, we at ATARI know all about arcade games. After all, we make some of the greatest arcade games in the world, and we know how to bring the same dynamite game play into your home. Our PAC-MAN has all of the excitement and challenge of the standard arcade game, and you get to play in the comfort and convenience of your own home. This is especially advantageous if you still plan to make an occasional appearance at the arcade to show off your great playing skills. (Little do they know that you've been practicing at home all along.) Just in case you're new to PAC-MAN, don't worry. It's easy to learn. You'll be a pro in no time at all. So, relax, get comfortable and enjoy it in the privacy of your own home. We suggest that you read this instruction booklet thoroughly before beginning game play. We know that you won't want to miss any important details about game play. You might even find it entertaining. The object of the game is to keep PAC-MAN happy and healthy in his home of Mazeland. PAC-MAN starts the game with four lives(turns). The longer he survives, the more points you score. You score a point for every video wafer that PAC-MAN eats. You also score points when PAC-MAN eats power pills, vitamins, and ghosts. Everytime PAC-MAN eats all of the video wafers on the maze, he earns an extra life and a new maze full of video wafers.
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When you first get the game, you're greeted by a cover with a yellow...thing...with shoes and weird teeth? Okay...it's just the cover. That doesn't mean the game will be bad necessarily. The game plays similar to the arcade version, with Pac-Man being chased by Blinky, Pink...wait...it's just 4 Pinkys. The maze colors are also kinda off, with brown walls and a blue background. Remember though, this was early in both Atari's and Pac-Man's life, so I'm sure it was just too hard to program at the time...right? Fruit is replaced with "video wafers", giant rectangles that act the same way. A little disappointing, but again, what do you expect from the first Pac-Man game other than the arcade version? Other than that, it's essentially Pac-Man...except for those sound effects. Oh, those sound effects. Imagine if you replaced the beginning theme song with "BOO BA BOO BA" and the iconic "waka-waka" sounds with "DAA DAA DAA DAA DAA"...okay, this game is bad.
Despite what I said, I still think you should pick it up since its cost is literally a penny. The game isn't even the worst Pac-Man game either (that spot goes to Pac-Man Pizza Parlor). But if you want an arcade Pac-Man experience, you might want to pick up a game like Namco Museum Megamix for the Wii (which you can find for about $15). If you want a good Pac-Man game for Atari 2600 (and for some reason can't even spend $0.01 for this game), You should try Ms. Pac-Man and Jr. Pac-Man. Both are pretty great ports that you can find quite easily.
What turned people off about this game was the graphics. The graphics looked nothing like the arcade version and are among the worst for an Atari 2600 game, even for the consoles limitations. This game is still playable and fun, but I'd recommend buying Ms. Pac-Man or Jr. Pac-Man over this, but it's still not bad. A big compliant is that the layout never changes after each level and the ghosts flicker a lot but it isn't a huge problem.
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This is by far one of the biggest missteps by Atari at the time
it's nothing like the classic arcade
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