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So, the official version of
Pac Man hits our screens at last, eh? Big deal! It seems far too simple and aged to really worry about, unless you're a big fan of the original. The graphics and sound are as poor and dated as the gameplay, and this isn't one of US Gold's better releases. Still, some people will love it and it will probably sell.

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This is a really good version of
Pac Man, the only trouble being that it has reached Britain about two years late. This official version provides a nostalgic trip back to the long, hot summer of '82, and provides as much challenge as did the arcade game. The graphics and sound are very similar to the arcade original, and this is the best version for the 64. It's a nice game but considering its age would be better suited with a far cheaper price tag.

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Welcome to Game of the Week! Each week there will be a new featured game on this page. The game may be good, average or diabolically bad, it really doesn't matter! Just look at the pics, read the text and enjoy the nostalgia! :-) Game of the Week! is open to contributions so if you would like to contribute a game article for this page you're more than welcome to! Every article we receive will be considered!
Pac-Man
1983 Atarisoft
Programmed by ?
 
Most text of the present article comes from the review published in the fourth issue of the British C64 magazine ZZAP!64 (August 1985).
 

PAC MAN
Datasoft/US Gold, 9.95 cass, 14.95 disk, joystick only

Pac Man must be one of the most well known computer characters of all time. The millions of Pac Man telly programs, computer variants, mugs, tee-shirts, Y-fronts, arcade rip-offs, furry jock straps and comics tell the tale.

For the one Trappist Monk in outer Mongolia who has been locked in a crypt without any communication with the outside world for the last four years, this is what Pac Man is.

Nothing new, but very authentic and being gobbled
up is just as frustrating as ever it was in the arcades.

You take the role of Pac Man, a custard pie like thing which has an insatiable appetite for dots. You have to patrol a single-screen maze and eat all the dots to advance to the next screen. To add a little spice to your gobbling escapades there are four ghosts, Inky, Pinky, Blinky and Clyde, who chase you, and if they catch up, kill you. To help you thwart their horrible, aggressive tendencies there are four power dots at the four corners of the maze and if eaten, these turn the ghosts blue. You can now chase the ghosts and eat them for bonus points. After a while they'll start to flash. This is the warning that they are just about to revert back to normal and will give chase, so steer well clear.

Just a few dots left to go. . . .

Twice during the screen, a fruit will appear. Eat this and you will gain bonus points. On higher levels this fruit increases in value until it is worth 5,000 points. On higher levels the ghosts become much faster and meaner in their tracking capability, the power dots become less powerful until, on the key levels, they only make the ghosts turn round.

 

   


Presentation 72%

Good instructions and play options.

 


Having no 64 Pac Man in my software collection, I must say I really enjoyed playing this one. There's quite a big challenge for anyone buying it although, to say the least, the game is a bit dated. You can develop your own patterns for each screen and it will take quite a while to find a pattern for the hardest key screen. The graphics and sound are very similar to the arcade game, which is to say, a bit simple and old-fashioned looking. Overall, although expensive, this is the best Pac Man available, and all I can say is that I'm surprised hardly anyone has done it on the 64 before.
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Graphics 23%
Very close to the original ie rather poor and dated.

Sound 19%
Very close to the original ie very poor and dated
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Hookability 47%
No real initial interest unless you're a historian as the game idea has been long overtaken.

Lastability 31%
Nothing to really keep you going other than nostalgia.

Value For Money 42%
A tenner seems very high for this ageing arcade game even if it is a classic.

Overall 35%
It's the best version of Pac Man on the 64, but it's just too late.
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Htmlized by Dimitris Kiminas (21 April 2002)

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