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Retro Game Review: Pac-Man (NES)

July 30, 2013

This is the final title in the trial run for the Retro Game Reviews for July on Save Us From Obscurity . Thanks for reading these reviews! Feel free to comment with any critiques/thoughts on the review and the game!

If there’s one game that can give Mario a run for his money on “Most recognizable game/game mascot”… (Well, besides Pong, but that’s only for the first part,) it’s Pac-Man. This classic was most well known in arcades, but found its way onto the Nintendo Entertainment System many years ago as well.

Now, years later, Pac-Man has been made available on the Nintendo Wii U’s Virtual Console Library. I’m sure most of you have heard of/played Pac-Man before, but if you haven’t, let’s take a look at one of the most well known Retro titles of all time.

The Basics: Gameplay and Graphics

For those who have never played Pac-Man before, he’s the basics. You play a three-quarter circle/moving head called Pac-Man, who much collect all the little “pellets” on the map without dying. For you see, four ghosts (Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde) are attempting to hit you and take away all your lives. But you have a little trick up your sleeve (Well, whatever counts as a sleeve for Pac-Man). Four larger pellets/circles, when eaten, change the ghosts from their perspective color to dark blue, which means two things; They’re running away from you in fear, and they can be eaten. Eating them won’t get rid of them forever though. Their eyes will head back to that center rectangle where they will get their bodies back and roam around once more. Not to mention, the larger pellets/circles only last for a short while. Work fast, get all the smaller pellets (and fruit while you are at it), and beat the ghosts before it is too late. Then rinse and repeat for the next level as things get harder.

Graphics are standard arcade/NES graphics, and have a (naturally) very nice retro look to them. The game also looks very nice on both the gamepad and your HD TV.

Story: What are you trying to do?/Issues: Does it have any flaws worth noting?

Sorry, it obviously doesn’t have a story. Stupid game review format. And no, no flaws that I can see.

The Recommendation: Is this game right for you?

We’ll skip over the usual format. Technically, you can play the game with two people, but it’s basically passing the controller to another person after you get a certain score/beat a level. It’s a single player game. But it’s a fun, classic game that anyone can get into. If you don’t have a way to play Pac-Man currently, and want to buy a Wii U Virtual Console game for $5, I’d say go for it. It’s fun for all, and I’m sure you’ll have no issue getting anyone else to try it out on your system.

Thanks for reading this Retro Review! This concludes our trial run for July! Please feel free to comment and critique about the review and/or the game.

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