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Pac-Man by Atari, Inc. on the Atari 2600

Pac-Man is a 1982 maze video game developed and published by Atari, Inc.

General Information

Developer - Atari, Inc.

Publisher - Atari, Inc.

Release - March 16, 1982

Platform(s) - Atari 2600

Number of Players - Single-player, two-player

Genre - Maze

Under official license by Namco, and an adaptation of the 1980 hit arcade game of the same name. The player controls the title character, who attempts to consume all of the wafers while avoiding four ghosts that pursue him. Eating flashing wafers at the corners of the screen will cause the ghosts to turn blue and flee, allowing Pac-Man to eat them for bonus points.

Pac-Man is a variation of the original arcade game, which was released by Namco in 1980. It features similar—but not identical—gameplay.

The player uses a joystick to control Pac-Man, navigating him through a maze of consumable dashes called Video Wafers, opposed by a quartet of multi-colored ghosts. The goal of the game is to consume all the wafers in each level in order to proceed to the next level. The score from each level is then combined to a total, with the aim of achieving the highest possible score.

The four ghosts roam the maze, trying to kill Pac-Man. If any of the ghosts touches Pac-Man, he loses a life; when all lives have been lost, the game ends. Each game starts with four lives, and the player is awarded a bonus life upon successful completion of each level, up to a maximum of nine lives in reserve at any given time.


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