2020/9/29: Atari 7800: Baby Pac-Man

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2020/9/29: Atari 7800: Baby Pac-Man

Postby VideoGameCritic » September 29th, 2020, 6:42 pm

Let me know what you think about this fresh new Atari 7800 home brew review!

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Re: 2020/9/29: Atari 7800: Baby Pac-Man

Postby BlasteroidAli » September 29th, 2020, 9:53 pm

It is a good review. I played the arcade Pinball game a couple of times. You are right, I think it came out at the time of the American Crash. There was no video game crash in the UK.

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Re: 2020/9/29: Atari 7800: Baby Pac-Man

Postby crimefighter » September 29th, 2020, 11:20 pm

Baby Pac-man wasn't obscure - I played it many a time back in the 80s. Granny & The Gators however, didn't play one until the 2010s.

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Re: 2020/9/29: Atari 7800: Baby Pac-Man

Postby matmico399 » September 30th, 2020, 5:14 pm

It's funny as we speak I have a 7800 arriving at my door in a few days. I have never owned one before. It's cool to see a review of a fairly new Homebrew game on the 7800. My only worry is the difficulty as I wasn't the best Pac-Man player around. Very good at other games but Pac-Man I just sucked at. Still it is good to know about this game and I look forward to trying it soon. Solid review.

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Re: 2020/9/29: Atari 7800: Baby Pac-Man

Postby Retro STrife » September 30th, 2020, 5:22 pm

Nice review. After that review, it's very tempting to pick this one up. Looks fun in this YouTube video from AtariAge too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9X37NS8b0C0

At $30 it would be an easier decision, but $50 is tough for a 7800 game. Granted, this game obviously took a lot of work, so the homebrewer deserves whatever he can make from it. But I wonder if a $30 price point would sell a lot more games and make more net profit in the long run. Then again, Atari Age has been selling homebrews forever, so I'm sure they have more insight into accurately pricing these games than I do.

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Re: 2020/9/29: Atari 7800: Baby Pac-Man

Postby Teej » September 30th, 2020, 10:12 pm

I remember playing it once at the arcade in the Minneapolis/St Paul airport. My impression was it seemed like a cool idea, but in reality it was just a watered down version of Pac-man combined with a dumbed down pinball machine (though I wouldn’t have phrased it quite that way as a kid. I probably would have just said it sucks).

It seems odd how sharp my memory can be when it comes to arcade games in my childhood. Ask me the name of some person I met yesterday and all you’ll probably get from me is “ummm...” But if you ask me where I first played Venture, Kangaroo, or Food Fight almost 40 years ago I won’t even have to think about it. Is this the case for anyone else?

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Re: 2020/9/29: Atari 7800: Baby Pac-Man

Postby SpiceWare » October 1st, 2020, 9:26 am

Retro STrife wrote:At $30 it would be an easier decision, but $50 is tough for a 7800 game.


Boxes are surprisingly expensive to have made for small production runs like homebrews. At some point the game will be made available without the box, but AtariAge first needs to recoup what they up-fronted for the boxes.

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Re: 2020/9/29: Atari 7800: Baby Pac-Man

Postby LuckyWDFN » October 1st, 2020, 3:21 pm

Teej wrote:My impression was it seemed like a cool idea, but in reality it was just a watered down version of Pac-man combined with a dumbed down pinball machine (though I wouldn’t have phrased it quite that way as a kid. I probably would have just said it sucks).


Ditto here. As someone who played this back in the day, this Atari 7800 version seems more appealing to me than the pinball version. This game looks fun.

Is that the only maze the game features? I know the colors change as the levels progress, but do the mazes or the pinball layout? I would hope there would be more than the 1 maze.

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Re: 2020/9/29: Atari 7800: Baby Pac-Man

Postby SpiceWare » October 1st, 2020, 4:00 pm

LuckyWDFN wrote:
Teej wrote:Is that the only maze the game features? I know the colors change as the levels progress, but do the mazes or the pinball layout?


Per reply #66 by Bob, there appears to be 3 different mazes:
The last picture is what happens after you complete 2 rounds of all three mazes. Invisible inside maze.


I would be shocked if the pinball layout changed, as it couldn't change in the arcade and Bob strives for arcade accuracy.

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Re: 2020/9/29: Atari 7800: Baby Pac-Man

Postby VideoGameCritic » October 1st, 2020, 4:40 pm

The mazes change but the pinball does not.


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