Pac-Man, known in Japan as Puck-Man, is an action video game developed by Namco in 1980 and distributed by Midway in the USA in 1981. Pac-Man is the best-selling arcade cabinet to date, and the second most profitable.
I remember first playing this game in the mid-1980s. I was with my mother and brother, I think at a laundromat in Pontiac. I remember my brother playing and getting to the second stage, but I, being 3-years-younger, couldn't get past the first. I've since watched people who are really good play Pac-Man in arcades, but I've never had much of a desire to get good myself. The game is just too primitive to keep my interest.
I do not own the game, and I have not reached the kill screen. I haven't tried to get a decent high score.
- Overall: 5/10
- Best Version: Arcade
- The game is pretty solid. It remains challenging and fast-moving the entire time you play.
- The increasingly difficult ghosts and shorter-length power pellets increase the challenge of the game and a nice steady rate.
- Adding a different "personality" to each ghost was a wonderful idea and really added to the challenge, as did having the ghosts systematically move toward their own corners.
- Changing the bonus fruit is a nice change of pace.
- The cut-scenes between levels was a nice break in the action.
- The game has some pretty memorable sound effects and jingles.
- The game is too hard. Most players are unable to beat the first level on their first attempt, which is a bit frustrating.
- Overall, there isn't much to do with the game. You're essentially repeating the same actions the entire game.
- The game lacks a true victory condition. Sure, the kill screen ends the game, but it's insanely difficult to reach, and wasn't even intended in the first place.
- There is a minor bug with collision detection where you can sometimes pass right through a ghost.
- Pac-Man - Arcade Kill Screen.png
The infamous kill screen.
- mobygames.com/game/pac-man - MobyGames.
- en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pac-Man - Wikipedia.
- gdcvault.com/play/1014631/Classic-Game-Postmortem-PAC - Postmortem.
- vgmpf.com/Wiki/index.php?title=Pac-Man_(ARC) - Music.
- youtube.com/watch?v=AuoH0vz3Mqk - A perfect Pac-Man play through.