Video Game History: Pac-Man (Atari 2600)

Pac-Man Atari 2600 boxart

With the incredible success of Pac-Man in 1980, many people really did have “Pac-Man Fever”. What they didn’t have was Pac-Man to play at their house. Atari asked programmer Tod Frye to make a Atari 2600 version of the arcade classic, and the results were poor at best.

Pac-Man Namco Atari 2600

Sadly for Frye; he was given not only short time, but realized that the Atari 2600’s power was too weak to faithfully re-create Pac-Man. The graphics were a joke, the audio crude, and game-play consisted of one maze with no bonus fruit to collect and ghosts that would flicker and bounce around the screen randomly.

Pac-Man Atari 2600 Namco

While folks flocked to the store to get their own cartridge, critics immediately panned it. Including remarks like “worse coin-op conversion of all-time” among others. Several months later, a rush of angry gamers wanted a return for this bad version of Pac-Man. Many cite this as one of the reasons why the video game market crashed in 1983 when Atari flooded the shelves with terrible titles. I played a little bit before, and it’s just plain awful.

Published by Adam (Neko Random)

Nerdy guy who loves video games, movies, history, tv, and trivia.

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