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Atari 2600
Namco Limited
UPC: 121905222

Released: 1-01-81
Players: 1
Country Origin: US

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Play Pac-Man (A2600) - Online Rom | Atari 2600

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Rating: 6.8
(143 votes)
Plays: 17,385
Filesize: 4kb

Pac-Man Box Description

It's your job to keep PAC-MAN as happy as possible. You must guide him around the maze so that he can eat video wafers and power pills. Protect him from the ghosts unless he has the super strength of a power pill. If he does have the super strength, help him chase the ghosts and gobble them up before they gobble him.

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Pac-Man Review by: NovemberJoy - 5/10

This game isn't as bad as everyone says it is...
Ah, Pac-Man. How many people DON'T know what Pac-Man is? Actually, how many people have never PLAYED Pac-Man? I'd like to find them, and get them to play it. But, enough talk about that, let's talk a bit about the game.

You will immediately notice that the maze has been apparently run through a paper shredder, and barely even resembles the original maze. I'd guess it's due to size restraints, considering the size of this maze in comparison to the original. The maze, along with the other graphics, aren't really terrible - The worst part is actually Pac-Man himself, due to looking more like a blob than a round ball, and also due to being unable to face up or down. Also, for some reason, instead of eating round pellets, like in the arcade version, he's eating dash-shaped objects, which appear to be wafers. This is baffling, because it probably would use less pixels, and therefore less RAM, to just use a pellet.

One of the biggest problems noted about the game is that the ghosts flicker too much, so you can't see them very well. While it might be just because I'm playing on an emulator, I didn't have too much of a problem with it. Yes, it makes the game slightly more difficult to play, but it's not a game-breaking flaw.

The sound is ear-piercing, and is about as painful as an ear-piercing. When you start the game, and when you lose a life and restart, this horrible beepy noise plays. It really acts as a motivation to not die, so that you don't have to hear that horrible sound again.

Of course, this game only has the one maze, just like the original Pac-Man. It's really not too bad by Atari standards, by my judgement. Of course, there are problems, like the fact that the ghosts can go any direction from the ghost box, making the game that much harder. For some reason, it takes about two seconds to reappear on the other side of the maze when you use one of the shortcuts. This delay costs you valuable seconds, seconds that could be used to eat dots and run from the ghosts. I consider this a large flaw.

Of course, being an Atari port, the ghost AI is quite simplified, so that it mostly just tries to pursue you and cut you off. The maze design just makes it that much easier to get trapped by two ghosts, which I always hated.

The scoring system is also very simplified, with a digit removed and some point values being completely changed. The pellets/dots/wafers only give you ONE point, and basically everything in the game gives you more points than the dots and Power Pellets, which is a motivation to eat ghosts and treat items.

Of course, like the arcade version and almost all Atari games, the game gets more difficult and the ghosts become faster. After a few levels, it just gets really hard. The difficulty is somewhat lessened, by the fact that every time you complete the level, you get a free life.

Instead of describing the story, since there isn't one, I'll instead describe just how this game ended up the way it did. You see, the Odyssey console line was still in existence, and it was up to the Odyssey II, not to be confused with the Odyssey 200. To my knowledge, the system seems to have about as much or more power than the Atari 2600, but very little is known about it.

There was a game called K.C. Muncher, which was strikingly similar to Pac-Man, which hadn't come out on the Atari 2600 yet. Atari tried filing a lawsuit against them for making a game that was basically Pac-Man with a different name, but the game had enough differences that Magnavox won the lawsuit. Atari was then faced with a crisis - they had forgotten to work on THEIR version of Pac-Man, and it was only five weeks in development at the holiday season where it was planned to be released!

Atari, unfortunately, proceeded to just release the game as-is, as in an alpha state, to the public. 12 million copies were made, despite the fact that there were only 10 million Atari consoles, because they thought that the game being on Atari 2600 would boost the console's sales. The game didn't do too well, of course, and they ended up with a large number of copies unsold. It's been speculated that this game was a large contender in the Great Video Game Crash of 1983, but, really, what more was expected?

The fact that this game was an alpha version seems to cement that this isn't as bad a game as everyone says it is. It's fun for an Atari 2600 game, and a lot of fun by those standards, so where's the big problem with this? I just don't see where the bad rap comes from.

Rating - C+(Pretty good, but not good enough)

  Graphics 5   Sound 1   Addictive 5   Depth 5   Difficulty 7

Pac-Man Game Description

One of the most popular and influential games of the 1980's, Pac-Man stars a little, yellow dot-muncher who works his way around to clear a maze of the various dots and fruit which inhabit the board.Pac-Man's goal is continually challenged by four ghosts: The shy blue ghost Bashful (Inky), the trailing red ghost Shadow (Blinky), the fast pink ghost Speedy (Pinky), and the forgetful orange ghost Pokey (Clyde). One touch from any of these ghosts means a loss of life for Pac-Man.Pac-Man can turn the tables on his pursuers by eating of the four Energizers located within the maze. During this time, the ghosts turn blue, and Pac-Man can eat them for bonus points. This only lasts for a limited amount of time, as the ghost's eyes float back to their center box, and regenerate to chase after Pac-Man again.Survive a few rounds of gameplay, and be treated to humorous intermissions between Pac-Man and the ghosts.

Pac-Man Reviews

Overall 6.8    Graphics 4.6    Sound 3.2    Addictive 4.6    Story 4    Depth 4.3    Difficulty 7.2

Pac Man is a big reason for Atari's downfall (My 25th review)   gamerforlifefor..
Back in the 80's Pac Man fever was huge and Atari thought they'd cash in on this phenomenon by makin...
  Graphics 1   Sound 1   Addictive 1   Difficulty 10

      Review Rating: 4.5/5     Submitted: 01-20-15     Updated: 01-31-15     Review Replies: 11

A26: PAC-MAN - Review by Dean2k13   Dean2k13
My Fourth Review...
  Graphics 5   Sound 4   Addictive 7   Depth 2   Difficulty 3

      Review Rating: 3.6/5     Submitted: 06-12-13     Updated: 06-18-13     Review Replies: 12

Pac's Review of Pac-Man for the Atari 2600   Pacman+Mariofan
Hey, this is Pac's review of the rushed Atari 2600 conversion of Pac-Man. It's been about 11 months ...
  Graphics 6   Sound 4   Addictive 5   Depth 5   Difficulty 8

      Review Rating: 3.6/5     Submitted: 10-17-14     Updated: 10-17-14     Review Replies: 6

This game isn't as bad as everyone says it is...   NovemberJoy
Ah, Pac-Man. How many people DON'T know what Pac-Man is? Actually, how many people have never PLAYED...
  Graphics 5   Sound 1   Addictive 5   Depth 5   Difficulty 7

      Review Rating: 3.3/5     Submitted: 06-30-12     Review Replies: 5

Inferior to the other versions, but still very overhated.   Rayman85
Please send this post to the Trash Can....
      Review Rating: 3/5     Submitted: 08-25-19     Updated: 11-16-19     Review Replies: 0

Unsatisfying Reproduction   PalladiumPony
Okay, how do I put this? This is a horribly, absolutely terrible imitation of a reproduction. Hold o...
  Graphics 6   Sound 1   Addictive 1   Depth 7   Difficulty 8

      Review Rating: 3/5     Submitted: 03-11-17     Review Replies: 1

Worst Arcade Port Ever   Evil G
Hello, it's Evil G, that user that is always lurking. Y'know, that one. I'm reviewing Pac-Man 2600. ...
  Graphics 1   Sound 1   Addictive 1   Difficulty 10

      Review Rating: 2.9/5     Submitted: 01-16-13     Review Replies: 3

Not too bad   cplegogame25
Story: Pac-man doesn't have a story, just eating ghosts.- - -Gameplay:The gameplay plays like the or...
  Graphics 6   Sound 2   Addictive 5   Story 1   Depth 3   Difficulty 7

      Review Rating: 2.5/5     Submitted: 11-29-13     Review Replies: 4

Pac-Man Review   Marcmoney
Overall - 6.5 Pac-Man on the Atari 2600 is less likely to be played cause it is also on the NES. ...
  Graphics 7   Sound 8   Addictive 5   Depth 5   Difficulty 7

      Review Rating: 2.3/5     Submitted: 10-01-11     Review Replies: 4

This port is just plain bad.   Drweegee64
I love pac-man but this is just a bad port. The controls are annoyinly stiff. I can get through leve...
  Graphics 1   Sound 1   Addictive 2   Depth 1   Difficulty 6

      Review Rating: 2.2/5     Submitted: 09-29-10     Updated: 06-12-11     Review Replies: 0

Pacman on the Atari is rather ok   Excelsior2000
I find pacman on the Atari to be pretty fun but the only problem is the graphics on the gh...
  Graphics 7   Sound 7   Addictive 8   Story 4   Depth 5   Difficulty 9

      Review Rating: 2.1/5     Submitted: 01-30-12     Review Replies: 3

Pac-Man (Atari 2600)   diegomamelli05
Awesome game, even being in 1981, yet addictive spends hours and hours trying to beat records Graph...
  Graphics 10   Sound 6   Addictive 8   Story 8   Depth 7   Difficulty 9

      Review Rating: 1.9/5     Submitted: 01-15-13     Updated: 01-15-13     Review Replies: 1

One of the reasons the Crash of 1982 happened   InkNimations
Hello guys, today I am going to review Pac-Man for the Atari 2600. It is pretty obvious how to play,...
  Graphics 4   Sound 1   Addictive 3   Depth 10   Difficulty 8

      Review Rating: 1/5     Submitted: 11-17-17     Review Replies: 2

Pac-Man Highscores

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InkNimations 09-30-17 - 07:54 PM
 The 2600 version is pretty terrible.
Stevenpavelish1.. 09-27-15 - 06:40 PM
 The Atari 2600 version is terribly flickery. ;_;
mvivas2010 09-06-15 - 12:58 PM
 This game is a masterpiece. Don't you dare insult my beautiful Pac-Man for Atari 2600
HaruhiSuzihami 07-17-15 - 02:26 AM
 I found a glitch. All the ghosts decided together they were going to go off the screen at the bottom and come off the top to suprize me and they got stuck. They just transitioned for the rest of the level between the bottom and top of the screen.
gamerforlifefor.. 04-08-15 - 01:05 PM
 This game is absolutely horrendous as I've previously stated.
Pacman+Mariofan 03-29-15 - 10:55 AM
 People can get seizures from this game because of the crazy flickering. =o
kingkoopa64 02-27-15 - 03:49 PM
 my ears are bleeding.
Ferdinand 10-12-14 - 05:24 AM
 This game is so bad on so many levels. The most important one being the disappointment I felt at wasting 15 weeks of allowance on it. Then playing it and trying to make myself believe I didn't hate it. Thank God for Asteroids and Missile Command :p
stonerocks 04-27-14 - 01:11 AM
 It's not so bad, just everyone expects so much from the Atari. *gets beaten to death by haters*
Gerardo Aguilar 09-19-13 - 10:54 PM
 I beat the first level
Maxwell3456 06-17-13 - 02:50 PM
P0K3M0NG1RL 06-15-13 - 03:40 PM
 This game works best with a PC controller.
patar4097 05-02-13 - 02:26 PM
 This game sucks so badly. Because of the horrible controls, I can't beat the first level.
Bane7 04-08-13 - 09:26 PM
coolman8393 02-24-13 - 02:28 PM
 why no high scores for atari games????
Thundergod99 01-11-13 - 02:06 PM
 man they screwed up a classic :'(
Jordanv78 01-11-13 - 01:11 PM
 Easily one of the worst games I have ever played and WAY worse than ET for Atari is
Pacman+Mariofan 11-04-12 - 04:28 AM
pacboy66 10-14-12 - 07:43 AM
 This is one good game here.
ShadowBro 08-17-12 - 07:13 PM
 IMO, the videogame crash happened because of this and ET. Why does it suck so bad?
teddy5 07-10-12 - 07:24 PM
 i beat the first level :)
sonic plush 06-26-12 - 04:36 PM
 ok game
carrottop1776 06-23-12 - 05:05 PM
 yes Et was way better than this garbage
Jack6651 05-07-12 - 06:04 PM
toxikskull258 03-25-12 - 08:42 AM
 when this cameout thousands of people returned it thats how bad it is

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