Saturday, April 2, 2011

New Poll Part 1

I'll be setting up the new poll about the best simple classic game that is still popular today and can be found/downloaded on current devices (consoles, mobile phones, etc.) after making a case for each candidate.  First up is:


Released in 1980, Pac-Man was developed by Namco and instantly became a hit in the arcades.  This game franchise was so popular that an animated television series was created about its characters.  Davie Brown Entertainment's study showed that Pac-Man is recognized by 94% of American consumers.  Between May 21st and 23rd of 2010, Google changed the Google logo on its homepage to a Google Doodle of a fully playable version of the game in recognition of the 30th anniversary of the game's release.  I lost an hour of my time that day.  Pac-Man is the number one selling game for the Atari 2600 with 7 million copies sold.

Release years by system:

1980 – Arcade
1981 - Atari 2600, Atari 800
1982 – Commodore VIC-20, Atari 5200, Atari 8-bit
1983 – Apple II, Commodore 64, Intellivision
1984 – Nintendo Entertainment System, MSX
1990 – Game Boy
1991 – Game Gear
1999 – Neo Geo Pocket Color, Game Boy Color
2003 – Mobile
2006 – Xbox Live Arcade, iPod Classic
2007 – Wii Virtual Console
2010 – Windows Phone 7

Pac-Man also inspired the following games:

Ms. Pac-Man
Super Pac-Man
Pac-Man Plus
Professor Pac-Man
Pac & Pal
Jr. Pac-Man
Pac-Man VR
Pac-Man Battle Royale
Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures
Pac-Man World
Ms. Pac-Man Maze Madness
Pac-Man: Adventures in Time
Ms. Pac-Man: Quest for the Golden Maze
Pac-Man Fever
Pac-Man World 2
Pac-Man Vs.
Pac-Man Pinball Advance
Pac 'n Roll
Pac-Man World 3
Pac-Man World Rally
Pac-Man Championship Edition
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX
Pac-Man Party

Note: I'm breaking up the game information into 3 parts with this being the first.  Next up will be Tetris followed by Snake.  If you have any other suggestions, let me know.  I hope these bits of information will help you vote when I set up the poll.


  1. Haha, I saw Pacman and I thought he was pie chart of the poll results. Is the Frogger francise still going?

  2. man, you have to look for that song from the 80s called "Pac-Man Fever" and post a YouTube video of it or something. I remember when Pac-Man first came out and messed up all of us kids but good...

  3. oh man pacman i played this for hours on an atari back in the days

  4. I love me some Pac-Man. Do Dig-Dug!

  5. I think Tetris is much more addicting than Pacman

  6. thanks for the info. that's a lot of pacman.

  7. I had no idea there was so many pac-games

  8. Pacman Championship Edition DX on Xbox Live is awesome its so addicting

  9. i was always terrible at pacman ;_;

  10. thanks.
    waiting for the other 2 games.

  11. Never been a fan of pacman myself

  12. i like your blog. keep up the good work

  13. pac man world 2 for the PS2... best platformer i've ever played.

  14. Your work on this blog is great! keep it up!

  15. I want this game as an Arcade, so cool.

  16. Wow, that was a great write-up of the history of the game. I love things like that, as you can see the evolution of technology, and how the simplest games are still - in many cases - the most fun. It's just spectacular.

  17. Played it to death on the nes

  18. I waste hours playing Pac-man

  19. So many pac-man games... so addicting!