Pac-Man 1981 By: Atari

Pac-Man Atari 2600 Screenshot Screenshot 1



We know that millions of people all over the world just love the PAC-MAN arcade game. PAC-MAN has won the hearts of men, women, and children everywhere. We also know that PAC-MAN has traditionally been an arcade game. Well, we at ATARI know all about arcade games. After all, we make some of the greatest arcade games in the world, and we know how to bring the same dynamite game play into your home.

Our PAC-MAN has all of the excitement and challenge of the standard arcade game, and you get to play in the comfort and convenience of your own home. This is especially advantageous if you still plan to make an occasional appearance at the arcade to show off your great playing skills. (Little do they know that you've been practicing at home all along.)

Just in case you're new to PAC-MAN, don't worry. It's easy to learn. You'll be a pro in no time at all.

--From the Atari 2600 Pac-Man instruction manual.

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The Pacman series is a monster in the classic video game world. It started a new genre when it came out in Japan in 1979. Most games coming out at the time were either space shooters or pong-like sports games. This new genre appealed to both males and females. This made it so popular it inspired more than thirty officially licensed sequels, numerous bootlegs, home-brews, and clones, a plethora of merchandise, a top forty pop song, and even an animated series.
The port to the Atari was somewhat less impressive, though. Many people were disappointed when they brought their Atari 2600 home and stuck in the Pac-Man cartridge, but there was no other choice if they wanted to be able to play Pac-Man at home without a pocket full of quarters. Even though the graphics, sounds, and controls took a hard knock, people were still happy to have an "arcade" in the comfort of their own home. This, of course, spawned console gaming as we know it today. Despite the limitations of the Atari 2600, Pac-Man can be a lot of fun to play. Crank it up and see for yourself!


Eat all the dots on the screen to pass a level, and if you eat a power pellet, you can eat the ghosts for extra points. There are fruits that will appear under the ghosts' house. Eat these for extra points. The object is to get as many points as you can.

Use arrow keys or joystick to steer Pac-Man.
Maximum Point Score
Be sure to eat the big yellow pellet that appears under the ghosts' house as much as you can. It gives you 100 points!
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