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"Pac-Man" (Game Boy)

Famous for its arcade game, this handheld port provides a decent amount of challenge and fun. Although the gameplay can get repetitive, you may want to consider other releases for other consoles, or stick with the arcade version.

Pac-man. Could be "Pacman." Never was it "Pac Man." No matter what, it's Pac-Man.

Originated from an oddity titled "Tax-man," Pac-man is represented by a yellow dot rummaging through a maze eating everything in sight, in this case, dots. The goal of the game is to complete finishing all—all—dots while avoiding the enemies, referred to as "ghosts." Along with an increase in difficulty and rising up there in levels, Pac-man can also rack up more points by eating up the infamous fruits that appear on occasion in the middle of the maze, from cherries to peaches. Navigate and avoid the ghosts using the one and only directional pad.

Yeah, that's very much it. This series is ubiquitous to classic/retroactive video gaming, representing a culture deep within the retro gaming community and even using the game's font.

Now, some things to note: one is there are no other options besides 1 or 2 players. Two: during gameplay, you can't even tell which ghosts are who. I'm not sure if that was designed to make things more challenging, despite that each ghost has a distinctive personality/technique in chasing after Pac-Man. but that was a bit of a letdown. Three: Pac-Man has been a hit, couldn't they have injected a specially-made Super Game Boy border for this game? It's Pac-man! Lastly, four: How about options featuring different kinds of mazes for more added fun/challenge?

Since video gamers have exploited a glitch at level 256 on the console version (emulated on this YouTube video), it makes me wonder: are there glitches on this Game Boy version? What's the highest level? Challengers welcome.

In fact, I will do my best to try and find out myself. Then again, you can only expect so much doing the same thing. Other than that, it's a neat, portable version of a classic.





  • Nice arcade port into the handheld.
  • Has an okay-amount of challenge this game was known for.
  • Lack of color makes distinguishing the ghosts difficult.
  • Not much options for difficulty levels, number of lives to start with, etc.
  • Pac-Man fans may want to consider the console or the arcade version of this game.
75% (C)
Fan Rating
Game Title Pac-Man
Description Pac-Man's got the Munchies!

Gobble, gobble, gulp! Who's munching Power Pellets? Who's zipping around the maze at top speed, chomping up ghosts and scoring big points? It's Pac-Man, the world's hungriest character! Devour a fruit treat and get a big bonus score. But if you're caught by the little haunters, you're ghostflakes! Use the warp tunnel for a quick escape.

Now play this classic game alone or with a friend. Connect your Game Boys for double Pac-Man mania. Scramble around your own maze and chomp a ghost. It pops up in your opponent's maze, and he's got to skedaddle even faster!

• Scarf up the Fruit Treats for even more points!

• See the whole maze at once or zoom in on your part of the path.

• Even up the competition by choosing a different round than your opponent.
Gallop and Gobble! Pac-Man's on the run! He's galloping through a maze filled with food dots. He gobbles them down fast, because the ghosts are right behind! If they catch him, he's ghostflakes!

But he can munch a Power Pellet and catch them! Catching the ghosts and gobbling all the food earns high points and clears the maze! Then Pac-Man starts right in again on the next maze. And so do the ghosts, even faster and hungrier than before!
ISBN / Bar Code number 7 22674 02006 0
Video Format 1.33:1 (4:3) Full screen
Audio Format Mono (Stereo via Super Game Boy)
Language(s) English
Disk/Cartridge One (1)
Region(s) NTSC, PAL
Genre Action-Puzzle
Rated K-A (Kids to Adults)
Released November 16, 1990 (JPN), April 1991 (US), 1991 (EU)
Video Specification Monochrome (Color via Super Game Boy)
Licensed by Nintendo®
Developed by NAMCO
Company Nintendo®
Product / Item / Catalog Number 980306 / DMG P PC
Copyright Nintendo, Game Boy and the Official seals are trademarks of Nintendo of America Inc. © 1990 Nintendo of America Inc. PAC-MAN © 1980, 1990 Namco Ltd. All rights reserved.
Other Formats Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Sega Game Gear, Game Boy Color, arcade, Commodore 64, Commodore VIC-20, Sharp X68000, Sharp X1, Android, iOS, Blackberry, Mobile, Windows Mobile, Intellivision, Apple ][, Texas Instruments TI-99, NEC PC98, MSX, Famicom Disk System, Macintosh, Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), PC, Neo Geo Pocket [Color], PlayStation 4 (PS4), XBox 360, XBox One, Nintendo Virtual Console 3DS
Quoted Reviews --
Other Also known as "Puck-Man (JPN)," "Ghost Muncher (USA)," "Hangly Man (USA)," "Tax-Man (USA)," and "Munchyman (USA)."


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