Navigate Pac-Man through a maze escaping ghosts and eating Pac-Dots.
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Players guide a yellow, pie-shaped creature around a single maze, munching dots while avoiding four roaming ghosts. Four energizer dots are on the board, one in each corner. Eating one of these special dots will temporarily empower Pac-Man to turn the tables on the ghosts. Each time all the dots in a maze are eaten, play resumes with a fresh screen. Written by Brett Alan Weiss

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26 October 1980 (USA) See more »

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The highest possible score in Pac-Man is 3,333,360 points. The first known person ever to achieve a perfect score was an American named Billy Mitchell on 3 July 1999. It took him six hours and he had to endure 256 levels. On the final level, and due to a programming limitation, there is only half of the maze, the right side of the screen contains garbage characters. Once the ultimate score is reached, the game locks up, and would require a restart. See more »

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Ugh.
3 December 2005 | by axemblueSee all my reviews

NOTE: I'm writing about the Atari VCS (a.k.a. Atari 2600) version, which is not to be confused with the original arcade game.

I can understand the Pac-Man craze that came about following the game's release. After all, it was the first video game in which you controlled a creature with an actual identity as opposed to Random Space Fighter #259. But I would have thought that Atari would at least show our yellow friend a bit of dignity.

The entire maze is etched in a puke-brown color on top of a blue background that hurts my eyes. Couldn't they just make the background black?! The ghosts flicker a lot, and some of the most irritating noises in the game world are pumped through your television speakers. The only saving grace is that the Pac-Man "eating" sound and the sound when he dies have been injected into miscellaneous techno songs and stuff, as well as an episode of "Aqua Teen Hunger Force".

Stay away from this and stick with the far superior arcade game or even the (excellent) NES port.


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