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Pac-Man (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . There isn't a person alive that doesn't know who Pac-Man is. At one time he was the biggest arcade phenomenon of all time, the video game industry's very first superstar. Beyond being a landmark character, Pac-Man has been ported to nearly every video game system new and old. Here we see him ported to the original black and white Game Boy. This 1991 release demonstrates the problem with the Game Boy, there's just not enough room to properly port this large maze to the small screen. Rating: 20%
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What Is It? There isn't a person alive that doesn't know who Pac-Man is. At one time he was the biggest arcade phenomenon of all time, the video game industry's very first superstar. Beyond being a landmark character, Pac-Man has been ported to nearly every video game system new and old. Here we see him ported to the original black and white Game Boy. This 1991 release demonstrates the problem with the Game Boy, there's just not enough room to properly port this large maze to the small screen. As a result we're left with map that moves around depending on where our dot-muncher is at that particular moment. Although it gets the job done, this Game Boy port is less than ideal.

Does It Still Hold Up? For the most part this 1991 port of Pac-Man is accurate to the source material. However, that doesn't mean it's not without a whole host of problems. The moving background is a big deal to expert Pac-Men, plus some of the cinemas (if you want to call them that) have been altered. The controls are fine and the sound effects sound about right. If you can get over the moving map, Pac-Man on the Game Boy holds up.

Is It Worth The Money? With so many better versions of Pac-Man available, there's absolutely no reason to buy this Game Boy port. You're better off picking up the recently released Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions for the 3DS. For one dollar more, PSP owners can pick up Pac-Man: Championship Edition and completely forget about moving backgrounds. With so many choices out there, Pac-Man on the Game Boy should be at the bottom of your list.
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