Classic carts: VIC-20 Ms. Pac-Man cartridge

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Mark Vergeer
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C64: C64 32x32 pixels A small video, you can't really call it a review of the Ms. Pac-Man VIC-20 game cartridge. The game by Atari is actually quite close to the real thing. The lack of hardware sprites on the Vic-20 didn't stop Atari from producing something nice.
The pills are scattered in a slightly loose fashion, but everything else is there. The multiple maze, the four ghosts, the power pills. Except the cut-scenes.
The c64 version is superior, so is the Tengen version on the NES, but this Vic-20 one sure beats the 2600 version of Ms. Pac-Man!

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VCS versions
Rowdy Rob wrote:

It's a darn sight better than the Atari 2600 version, though!

Correct!

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And the Atari 2600 version was considered a triumph for that platform.

Also correct - especially when considered that the VCS was developed as a "deluxe" Pong-console.
An even worse arcade conversion is Defender, IMHO.

But these were early games - several years later there were some stunning achievements like Pitfall or Atlantis (not even mentioning something like Solaris) and the laughing stopped. Had Atari made a remake or commissioned one to be made by Activision or Imagic the earlier versions would be instantly forgotten.
There is a homebrew remake of Space Invaders called "Rainbow Invaders" which looks damn great - so I'm pretty sure it could've been done (even if Pac-Man has a rather complicated screen layout).

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See for yourself - here's a YouTube video of the 2600 version: (look at the flickery graphics and hear the awful sound compared to Mark's Vic-20 version!)

I know that version and the flickering makes it completely unplayable for me. I would have more fun with the E.T. cartridge...

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Rowdy Rob
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The Vic-20 verision is cool!
Calibrator wrote:

The game's colors are off but all is well animated. I could do without the pesky sound, though

It's a darn sight better than the Atari 2600 version, though! And the Atari 2600 version was considered a triumph for that platform.

See for yourself - here's a YouTube video of the 2600 version: (look at the flickery graphics and hear the awful sound compared to Mark's Vic-20 version!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8684LOeenxA

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Nice recording!

The small Vic-20 screens looks awfully small ;-)

The game's colors are off but all is well animated. I could do without the pesky sound, though.

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Calibrator

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Very good indeed. I once

Very good indeed. I once typed in a VIC-20 Pac-Man clone from Compute! magazine, and it had a funny bug... sometimes the level wouldn't end when you ate all the dots!

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