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Artist touch: The characters look kinda of funny especially since Pac Man has legs but they work. Cover art rating: 7/10
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(Namco/Midway, 1980)
Special note: Pac Man was perhaps the first ever marketable video game character! He has graced cereal boxes, he got his own music album (Pac Man Fever), various toys, a board game, he even had his own TV show and lots more!
Introduction and Story:
Finally! After getting a rather blocky, ugly, and overall disappointing version on the old Atari 2600 this Pac Man is actually a fairly very good arcade port that's almost plays like the famous arcade original.

There are a few differences though. The big noticeable change is the screen is a little on the wider side now so it fits on the TV screen better. Also the game play feels a lot faster near the beginning so it's much tougher now. Another reason the game feels so hard is because of those stupid non-centering controllers make it extra difficult to move Pac Man around corners or even changing directions is a chore.

Pac Man is the original 1980's legend that took the video game industry to a whole new level.
Pac Man's creator's, Toru Iwatani, actually got the idea for the legendary character by eating a pizza with some of the slices missing, he wondered what if the roles were reversed and the pizza itself was hungry? Pac Man is born!
Controls and Game Play:  
The objective in the game is simple: you are a little round yellow creature named Pac Man, and you must complete the level be eating up at the dots on the screen while avoiding the 4 pesky ghosts Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde, that are trying to hunt him down. The 4 ghosts each act differently like Blinky (Red) is the aggressive guy, Pinky (Pink) is the sneaky one and is quite smart, Inky (Blue) can scare easily if you look at him and is not too smart, and Clyde (Orange) acts randomly and is the dumbest of the four but he can still get mad. Blinky and Pinky are the ones to watch out for because they always seem to know where Pac Man is on the board but as Pac Man moves from level to level they all get more cleaver. As you finish each level the game gets slightly faster each time and it here's were the real fun starts.

Thankfully for our brave hungry hero that he can eat one of four corner flashing power pellets so he can become the hunter now on the those rotten ghosts and eat them for points but only for a short time, be careful after the ghost have been eaten because they can easily regenerate themselves thanks to the center gate and they are going to be pretty angry. The now eatable dark blue ghosts even give you more bonus points as you eat more than one. As you eat each ghost the points you earn are doubled so it's 200pts for the first, 400pts for the second, 800pts for the third, and a huge 1600pts for the last but you should also know that the ghosts will run away after you got that power pellet so eating them all is not as easy as it sounds and in the later levels the time you have to eat the ghost gets shorter and shorter.
Graphics and Sounds:
What the game lacks in controls it definitely makes up for in presentation. Gone are the bland designs of the 2600 version, they are now replaced with the more arcade-like black and blue mazes. It isn't all good though, the 4 ghosts are all one single colour and have no eyes.

The game even has those cool in between game intermissions complete with background music. Pac Man for the 5200 even sounds like the arcade game because even the cute waka-waka is still here.
The Bottomline:
Other then a few alternations the game still has all cool Pac Man trademarks like colourful graphics and cute sound effects all right here. Pac Man is still kind of fun though even with the odd controller, but be aware that this is a little on the hard side now and it may not be for everyone.
overall rating: 63/100

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For 1 player only
graphics: 4/10
sound: 4/10
gameplay: 4/10

(Ryan Genno)

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