Developer: Atari (original)
Anonymous (hack)
Publisher: Atari, Sears (original)
Freeware (hack)
Series: Pac-Man series
Genres: Maze
Release date: 1981 (original)
2000 (hack)
System Atari 2600
Number of players 1-2
Input methods Atari joystick (original)
Keyboard (hack)

The Atari 2600 version of Pac-Man had many changes made with the game, as it bears very little resemblance to the arcade original at all.

Glorb is a graphical hack of this game, where the sprites for Pac-Man and the ghosts have been changed; aside from those differences, the game plays exactly the same as the original.

It is unknown who made the hack, which can be played on Atari emulators or loaded onto multicarts to play on an actual Atari 2600.


  • Eat video wafer–1 point
  • Eat power pill–5 points
  • Eat vitamins–100 points
  • Eat ghosts–20, 40, 80, 160 points (in succession)

Game variances

A slow or a fast-moving Pac-Man (if that's what it is in this game) can be chosen. Variations with ghosts can be chosen as well, due to their ratings of having “crawl”, “walking”, “jogging” or “running” speeds, along with expert and childrens’ versions. Up to two players can play as well, and putting the Difficulty Switch in the A position cuts down the time the ghosts can stay blue and vitamins don’t appear onscreen for as long as when the Difficulty Switch is in the B position.


  • Move Pac-Man–joystick
  • Start game–button (also via the Game Reset switch or button on the Atari 2600 console)


  • If Pac-Man dies at the top of the Escape Route while moving down, it could end up moving straight through the center of the maze – even through walls, while still dying.
  • The copyright date on this hack reads 1901.


Atari Age Glorb page

This article uses material from the Egghead‎ article and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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