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Release year: 1986 | Players: 1 player | Developed by Namco

Pac-Man (NES)

Namco’s titular superhero, Pac-Man (AKA パックマン Pakku Man in Japan), was first released for the arcades in 1980 in Japan and North America. Because it was such a big hit, ported versions were later re-released for home gaming consoles like the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). It is a great arcade game!

Almost every person knows how to play Pac-Man. The gameplay is easy; the players control Pac-Man’s directional movements along a maze field so he can eat the Pac-Dots along the way. Fruits, like the cherry, may also appear below the center box and eating them will earn the player some bonus points.

What makes the game challenging is the fact that Pac-Man has to avoid getting killed by the four staple ghosts that roam around the maze trying to find him. The multicolored ghosts are generated and regenerated in the center box. When a ghost touches him, Pac-Man loses his current life. However, if he still has life points, he will regenerate after a while and the player can resume the game. The game will end if Pac-Man gets killed after using up all of his life points.

Pac-Man box Nintendo NES

Pac-Man for NES can only fight back when he eats any of the four Power Pellets located near the maze’s corners. When he eats one of these, he is given a chance to eat the ghosts in a limited time. In this time period, the ghosts will turn blue and run slowly away from Pac-Man. When the time is about to end, the ghosts’ colors become a blinking white until they turn back into their original colors and everything also turns back to normal.

Pac-Man for NES is a classic game created in primitive raster graphics technology. The ported versions, though, which were newer than the arcade version, featured a slightly improved graphics definition.

Though Pac-Man may seem as a very simple game, it became an international fever in the 1980s. It’s no wonder because Pac-Man is really an entertaining yet challenging game that people of any age can play.

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Pac-Man game has been ported to Arcade, Android, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, ColecoVision, Commodore 64, Commodore VIC-20, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, iOS, MSX, NEC PC-6001, NEC PC-8001, NEC PC-8801, NEC PC-9801, Neo Geo Pocket Color, Nintendo NES (this version), Sega Game Gear, Sharp X1, Sharp X68000, Windows Phone, Xbox Live Arcade, ZX Spectrum and Nintendo Virtual Console.

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