Pac-Land (Atari Lynx)

Pac-Land, Atari Lynx.

The Atari Lynx is one of the couple of older handhelds I still own (by older I really mean pre DS). The problem I have with most of the older handhelds isn’t the graphics or resolution, it’s the motion blur and washed out colors. Modern display technology really spoils you…

Pac-Land is one of the games in the Pac-Man franchise and came out in the arcades in 1984. Unlike the previous maze games, this iteration of Pac-Man is a side-scrolling adventure game, similar in style to Super Mario Brothers that would come out about a year later. Pac-Man in Pac-Land resembles Pac-Man in the cartoon that was also on the air around that time.

The Atari Lynx version of Pac-Land came out in 1991 and follows a long standing tradition by Atari at this point of re-releasing their old arcade hits over and over again. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing except when this is done instead of developing new games. Pac-Land really isn’t one of the better known games in the Pac-Man series but I think it is somewhat underrated. It’s a halfway decent early side-scrolling platform game and the Lynx port is very good. In fact, the Atari Lynx is the only portable version aside from a more recent iOS version.

Pac-Land is available on a wide variety of platforms, including the Commodore 64, Amiga, Atari ST and TurboGrafx-16 among others. More recent ports include the aforementioned iOS version, as part of Namco Museum Volume 4 for the PlayStation and as part of Pac-Man Museum for Xbox Live Arcade, Windows and the PlayStation Network. It also appeared on Nintendo’s Virtual Console for the Wii U. Needless to say, there are plenty of ways you can play this game. However, if you want a portable version, I recommend the Atari Lynx. I think the Lynx version of the game can be found inexpensively but the Lynx itself may be another story.