◉ ◉ ○ ○ ○(2/5: not super good)
Atari 2600
Atari (1982)
If there's a hierarchy of Pac Man games, I'm nearly 100% sure that this version is at the bottom.

Of course, I did play it for literally hours. So much so that the terrible sounds are embedded in my brain, from the wild siren that starts the level, and the "bok choi" sound of eating a ghost, to the weird "donk" sound when you eat a pellet (well, dash, really).

While the sounds are pretty bad compared the arcade, the tragedy does not end there. The map is different (the wraparound is at the top?), the colors are despicable, everything is square, there are only two ghosts, and THERE ARE ONLY TWO GHOSTS. Look, everybody agrees this version is vastly inferior to the arcade version and probably even the google doodle version. This isn't a hot take. However, I'm not going to give it 1 star because if I had an Atari hanging around and this cart appeared...

I'd probably still play it again.

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Last updated: 10/31/2021
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