Ever hear of the infamous Pac-Man for the Atari 2600? It was the game that kids would beg their parents to buy for Christmas, then would have to pretend that they loved the monstrosity that they were stuck with. Plus I think that it was bundled with the console at some point, but that is a story for another day.
Today I want to talk about Jr Pac-Man. What is it? I think it is pretty clear. It was an opportunity for Midway to cash in on the Pac-fever going on, with people loving Pac-Man like it was their girlfriend in heat.
Wait, let me back up for a second. I said Midway and not Namco. Yeah, that is right. I guess Midway licensed out Pac-Man to another company, who basically did nothing but exploit the franchise for monetary gain. And this should be a shock to no one, since there was no denying the power of that yellow bastard.
Okay, so what is so different about Jr Pac-Man compared to regular Pac-Man? Not a damn thing! Okay, the fruit in the center is a tricycle or something stupid, but that is about it. Same pellets to eat, some power-pellets, same ghosts, same everything.
One of the most alarming thing about the whole Pac-Man franchise is that they had Pac-Man everything. I remember storybooks specifically with the entire family. Yes, I am serious. I am talking about Pac-Man, Ms Pac-Man and Jr Pac-Man holding hands, skipping down the street in generic stories and spinning around in a field of grass under a rainbow. (Okay, I made that last part up.) There was even a television show. Seriously! How do you turn such a simple concept into a tv show?!
But you know what? You cannot argue with success. Jr Pac-Man may be a rip-off of another product, but it is still awesome. And it is a lot better than the original Atari 2600 hack-job, that is for sure. You would be wise to buy it if you so had the opportunity. I mean, unless you want to look like a loser in front of your friends. You do not want to look like a loser... do you?