It’s been more than 15 years since Pac-Man first ate its way into our national consciousness. For those old enough to remember those wocka-wocka days, this collection of four arcade classics — Pac-Man, Galaxian, Dig-Dug, and Pole Position — will elicit pangs of nostalgia. At first. Time hasn’t been kind to Pac-Man’s siblings, simplistic relics from the pre-Nintendo days that feel incredibly dated. Only Pac-Man, with its minimalist charm and addictive gameplay, still holds up. Whereas the other games simply remind you of how old you are, Pac-Man turns a niftier trick: It makes you feel young again. C+
Posted May 24 1996 — 12:00 AM EDT
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