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Pac-Man (1980)

Puckman (original title)
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Navigate Pac-Man through a maze escaping ghosts and eating Pac-Dots.
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Players guide a yellow, pie-shaped creature around a single maze, munching dots while avoiding four roaming ghosts. Four energizer dots are on the board, one in each corner. Eating one of these special dots will temporarily empower Pac-Man to turn the tables on the ghosts. Each time all the dots in a maze are eaten, play resumes with a fresh screen. Written by Brett Alan Weiss

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A labyrinth of fun & amusement! See more »

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Japan

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Release Date:

26 October 1980 (USA) See more »

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The Atari 2600 version of this game was one of the few games that started the Video Game Crash of 1983. See more »

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It's not only iconic but it is extremely addictive
5 December 2011 | by WakenPayneSee all my reviews

I didn't tick the spoiler's box because back in 1980 games didn't really have that much of a plot.

The premise is simple, you are a yellow circle eating things trying to avoid 4 ghosts. being as that I am a gamer, I would be good at it and I am good at it but it's not as if I breeze through them (even by today's standards) for a fact it can get extremely hard at times trying to get past 4 ghosts trying to eat things. Also there is something if you eat it the ghosts turn blue and become edible, and yet still I can find it hard to get through the game.

One thing I found surprising is that the Japanese made this game, I just find it fascinating that Japanese created one of the most addictive games even after 30 years, some might say age means nothing but now with video games improving in storytelling and gameplay you'd think that people like me would have lost interest, I am someone who likes the new games but still remembers the classics.

I don't know if this is the right Pac Man I'm reviewing, but I think that most of these games, although very addictive seem like the same thing over and over, the only reason I'm giving it 9.


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