Pac-Man is an intellectual and famous game. After having successfully released it to the market, Namco also began to carry out licensing contracts related to Pac-Man. In which, Atari, Inc. had a franchise contract with Namco, helping them develop a separate version of Pac-Man for the Atari platform. On March 16, 1982, Pac-Man was officially available on the Atari 2600 platform, and it was Pac-Man (Atari 2600).
The game’s content is not much different from the original version. In the game, players will have to control Pac-Man and complete many different levels to achieve high scores. To do that, the player’s goal is to collect all Video Wafers at each level. Besides, each will have a maze system and separate paths. Therefore, the players have to have intelligent controls to collect the Wafers in the shortest time. However, the Atari 2600 platform only offers 126 Wafers to collect, less than the Arcade platform, which brings 244 Wafers.
Besides collecting enough Wafers Video, players also face the ghosts in the maze. They will chase Pac-Man and stop you from completing the level. Besides, they will move continuously around the maze. Meanwhile, players have to observe and control agility to avoid colliding with ghosts. Each will make you lose a life. However, players can gain a new life after completing a level, the game allows them to accumulate a maximum of nine lives to use. In addition to escaping from the pursuit, the game also provides opportunities for players to counterattack and destroy them. At the corner of the maze will be displayed special items, they are Power Pills.
After eating Power Pills, Pac-Man can destroy ghosts by eating them. As with Arcade, the time to use Power Pills is limited, and players have to quickly kill the ghosts or try to collect more Wafers. The difference after collecting Pills compared to Arcade is that the destroyed ghosts will return to their nest, but they will not revive immediately. Instead, they revive after the Pills’ effects that are deactivated.
Regarding the imaging system, Pac-Man (Atari 2600) does not receive a good review. This game has a normal image system, causing boredom for players. Besides, the color system is not well used, they are dim and difficult to see.