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Famicom / NES Pac-Man Review

Developed by the same company that created the arcade game, Pac-Man for the NES is one of the better home editions of the game. Instead of stretching the maze to fill out the screen, this release moves the score, level and life information to the side of the playfield, instead of above and below it. While the maze isn't an exact recreation, the repositioned graphics allow this version to come closer than most previous commercial releases (the Apple II version comes closest, interestingly enough). On the other hand, one particular limitation of the NES does become obvious in this port: Apparently the hardware can't create a true yellow, so Pac-Man gets an orangish tint. Still, that's a minor nitpick in an otherwise commendable effort.