I logged a lot of time on the Atari 2600 version of Pac-Man. Yes, it was lackluster. Yes, it felt rushed, but it was Pac-Man! Pac-Man that I did not have to put quarters into! While I am a staunch defender of that version of Pac-Man for the joy it gave me. I have completely abandoned that version for Pac-Man 4K!
Programmed by Dennis Debro, who sought to create an adaptation of Pac-Man more faithful than Atari’s 1982 version for the VCS, the game does a great job while still only using the 4K memory limit as the original. It is a wonder to behold…
Some of the features that Debro managed to put into this version that were lacking in the original:
- Original, arcade maze layout
- Proper “siren” sound that changes pitch
- Monsters are proper colors
- Maze is correct colors
- Pac-Man and Ghost graphics much truer to arcade
- Monster behavior modeled after arcade
- Bonus items true to arcade
It really is amazing and what is more amazing is that you can pick it up in cartridge form from AtariAge for only 25 bucks! That is significantly less than what I paid for the original back in 1982. Order soon and you will get a limited edition Pac-Man 4K magnet with your purchase.
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