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Released: 1982

Genre: Platformer

Format reviewed: BBC Micro

Publisher: Acornsoft

Developer: Jonathan Griffiths

Submitted by: Alex Reeves

This is one of the many quality arcade conversions that Acornsoft created for the BBC Micro, being a very faithful example of Pac Man.  So faithful in fact that Namco took offence, and later versions of the game replaced Pac Man with a sort of grapefruit, and the ghosts with generic monsters.

All other aspects of the arcade game are retained, including the power pills and bonus items (with the Acorn bonus item a nod to BBC owners), and even the ghosts eyes escaping back to the central area after being eaten.

Rather than the ghosts in the BBC version having set patterns, they patrol their own corners of the maze, before breaking out to home in on the Pac Man.  As the game progresses the ghosts become more aggressive, breaking out of the pattern earlier to chase you.

A great conversion due to the graphical capability of the Beeb and a world away from the famously rubbish attempt on the Atari 2600.