Pac-Man Review

Is Pac-Man a classic? Definitely. But this version seems more like a marketing tool than a viable game.

Hey, great! Pac-Man! Everybody loves Pac-Man, right? Right? The original game is 20 years old, and you're still yearning to play it, right? Why, I'm sure you just got out of line down at Blip's Arcade just to read this review! Well, here's the pertinent info, right up front: The Neo Geo Pocket Color version of Pac-Man really isn't very good.

Sure, it's Pac-Man. But the sound isn't accurate, and the default mode is this silly zoomed-in scrolling perspective that prevents you from seeing the entire maze at once. You can play in a better mode, where you can see the entire maze, but the graphics start to look a little blocky at that point.

Is Pac-Man a classic? Definitely. But this version seems more like a marketing tool than a viable game. Now, SNK can tout two things. First, they can say that they have Namco games on its system, and secondly, they can say that they've got one of the most popular games of all time available. But in all actuality, this is the type of game that you buy, play for about five minutes, and put on a shelf, thinking "hey, this game is classic, dude!" And sometimes the sheer nostalgia is enough. But if you're after a maze game that you'll actually play at length, look to Crush Roller.

The Good
N/A
The Bad
4.9
Poor
About GameSpot's Reviews
Other Platform Reviews for Pac-Man

About the Author

Jeff Gerstmann has been professionally covering the video game industry since 1994.

Discussion

0 comments

Pac-Man More Info

  • First Released October 1980
    • Android
    • Apple II
    • + 20 more
    • Arcade Games
    • Atari 2600
    • Atari 5200
    • Atari 8-bit
    • Commodore 64
    • Famicom Disk System
    • Game Boy
    • Game Boy Color
    • GameGear
    • Intellivision
    • Mobile
    • MSX
    • NeoGeo Pocket Color
    • NES
    • PC
    • Sharp X1
    • Sharp X68000
    • TI-99/4A
    • VIC-20
    • Xbox 360
    As one of the most famous games of all time, Pac-Man was one of the first games to inspire a flood of licensed products, including breakfast cereal, toys, and a Saturday morning cartoon.
    7.5
    Average User RatingOut of 3201 User Ratings
    Please Sign In to rate Pac-Man
    Developed by:
    Namco Networks America, Atari, Namco, Roklan, Designer Software, , Sharp, K- Byte, Namco Bandai Games
    Published by:
    Namco, Atari, Bootleg, Midway, Thunder Mountain, Namco Bandai Games, Namco Bandai Games America, Bandai Namco Games, Acclaim, Bug-Byte, SNK, Dempa Shinbunsha
    Genres:
    Action
    Content is generally suitable for all ages. May contain minimal cartoon, fantasy or mild violence and/or infrequent use of mild language.
    Everyone
    All Platforms