Baby Pac-Man - Atari 7800



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Baby Pac-Man Arrives on the 7800!

Baby Pac-ManBaby Pac-Man is the first complete home port of the 1982 Bally / Midway Video and Pinball hybrid game. While there have been may hacks to existing Pac-Man games to include the mazes from this game, there was never an actual home port with the more aggressive AI for the monsters, pinball section (on screen), or the new rules for energizers / tunnel speed.

You must guide Baby Pac-Man through the multiple mazes, and avoid the most aggressive (downright nasty) monsters that ever existed in a Pac-Man game. Drop off the bottom of the maze to the pinball section, and you can earn energizers (you don't start with any), speed through the side tunnels to quickly outrun the monsters, and to advance the fruit level.

You can also earn an 'extra life' through the pinball section by lighting all of the middle arrows.

You have the added option of playing the pinball section only, the video section only, or the entire game as it existed in the arcades. There is also the option of using the more 'classic' monster AI (including no 'quick reversals') for slightly easier game play. It's the best of both worlds!

Baby Pac-Man

Game Options

Baby Pac-Man includes several options to customize the game and keep it fresh as you master the maze and pinball portions of the game!

  • One or Two Players
  • Number of Lives: 2 - 5 (default is 3)
  • Energizers: You can decide whether to keep the energizers after a player dies. Default is 'Yes'.
  • Game Mode: Full game, Maze only or Pinball only.
  • Monster AI: 'Arcade' (monsters behave as they do in the Baby Pac-Man arcade game) or 'Classic' (monsters behavior is modeled after other classic Pac-Man games)

Gameplay Video


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Get a Baby Pac-Man Box!

Baby Pac-Man Box

If you'd like a boxed copy of Baby Pac-Man, please select "Box Upgrade: Yes" at the top of the page before adding Baby Pac-Man to your cart. Our boxes are professionally printed and include a box insert to hold your Baby Pac-Man cartridge in place. We want you to play our games, so we have not sealed or shrinkwrapped the boxes in any way, allowing you easy access to the game cartridge and manual.

These boxes are the same size as boxes Atari produced for their games "back in the day". They look great sitting on a shelf with your other boxed homebrew games, or alongside games from the classic Atari 2600 library. We only have a limited number of boxes for each game, and there is no guarantee they will become available again once our supplies are exhausted. Click on the images to the right to see larger photos of the box.

Additional Information

Baby Pac-Man includes game cartridge and full-color, 8-page manual. You can optionally purchase a professionally printed box (see above).

Number of Players 1 - 2
Controller Joystick Controllers
Cartridge Size 48K
Programming Robert DeCrescenzo
Additional Programming Kurt Woloch
Box, Manual and Label Designs and Artwork John Calcano (Atariboy2600)
Jason Richard Berry on 12/17/2022 02:45am
What a great port!! Heck, it's the ONLY port of Baby Pac-Man. The team did a fantastic job bringing it to the 7800 and the extra options are fantastic. The game is hard enough with only 3 lives, so the option for 5 lives and different ghost A.I. Really helps. I also love the maze-only mode for a more traditional Pac-Man and the pinball-only mode for good practice of the full game. Well done!!
Walter Interrante on 08/30/2022 01:08am
I've never played the game before but it's allot of fun but hard to play.
Joel Ressler on 12/31/2021 12:02pm
I held off on getting this game for a long time because, and I know this may be sacrilege for someone who was a kid in the early 80's, I've never been that into Pacman. And it's been done to death. That said, I always thought it was a shame that the 7800 never got a pinball game. So I'll start with the pinball element of this game. It's quite good. The table physics are about the level of wonky you expect from any pinball game on an 8 or 16 bit system. At first I really had trouble getting the ball to go were I wanted, but after a while you can get the hang of how the ball bounces off the flippers. And while the whole table fits on a single screen, there's a lot of targets squeezed into that screen and a variety of goals to accomplish. Overall, quite good.

The Pacman part of the game is Pacman. It does breathe a little new life into it due to the fact that you don't get any power pills until you earn them in the pinball game. I don't know what else to say. If you somehow haven't already gotten enough Pacman, you can bump this score up to a five.

Overall, it's very good. By fusing pinball into the game, it is my favorite way to play Pacman. I'm also glad they made it an option to play the game in Pinball mode only.
Silver Back on 12/24/2021 10:23am
Baby Pac Man was one of the homebrews I was most looking forward to playing, not because I'm a big Pac Man fan but because I love video pinball games. I never played the original arcade release but as a fan of pinball, Baby Pac Man does not disappoint.
For somebody who is not particularly good at maze games, this one is hard. You start with no power ups and must depend on your pinball skills to get them added to the mazes. The challenge is high but the variety of adding pinball to Pac Man is genius!
You can choose to play the game as intended, just the mazes or just the pinball which is a fantastic touch. Everything plays beautifully and the pinball physics are superb. If your on the fence about picking this one up then don't be. It's a unique experience that is worth playing and I couldn't be happier that it's available on our 7800! On a scale of 1 to 5, I give it a 10!
Brian Seifert on 11/09/2021 11:20pm
This is probably one of my all time favorite homebrew games. Like the other reviews, this game is genuinely close to the arcade machine. I was expecting much and it really surprised me. I saw Bob was working on it and gave it a try since his other game are incredible as well. Great job and it is highly recommended!
Jonathan Clark on 03/28/2021 11:14am
This is an absolute triumph for the 7800 and for this often forgotten entry into the Pac-Man series. I've played a fair amount of the arcade original, and this version captures exactly what made it such a perplexing (at first) and truly enjoyable experience for the player willing to stick with it. Bonus is that the pinball portion never breaks in this version.
John Mendoza on 12/10/2020 11:36am
First of all this game is so awsome i was wondering when someone would make this game and port it to console well my dream came true today when I popped this game into my 7800 and played my first round of baby pacman.Love the details and pinball gameplay just like back in the day.Thank you Robert and team for all your hard work and Atariage for letting us purchase this rare gem.Words cannot say what i am feeling excuse me while I play.
Giles N on 03/21/2020 11:48pm
A brilliant game combining both classic Pac-Man gameplay with classic pinball-gameplay!

As Baby-pac - go through mazes gobbling all dots to proceed to next level.

But do enter the pinball gates at the lower bottom of the mazes; you can win super-dots to defeat the four spectres, eating them up!

Get as high score as possible!

3 modes to play in: full game; mazes with punball-entrances, only mazes, or only pinball!

Runs very smooth, very playable and retains a highly stylized graphics reminiscent of the rare arcade-pinball!

One of the most unique 7800-games available!

Love Pac-Man-maze-games? Do get it!!

Love (or even just enjoy) Pinball-gaming: get it!!

Steven Louis Ramirez on 01/25/2020 11:39am
This is a game that practically no one saw coming to a home console, and IMO, is easily a Top 5 candidate in any ones 7800 library. The developers captured the arcades challenging gameplay and the transition between the maze and pinball portions feels as natural, as when I play the actual coin-op. This game was done so well, that I prefer it, over the arcade version.
Thank the makers, this game is quite the achievement and a 7800 exclusive.
save2600 on 01/02/2020 04:25pm
Baby Pac-Man for the Atari 7800. we knew it could be done and thanks to some brilliant programmers and artists, it's finally here!

The game is tough as nails, but to help combat the arcade ghost AI, at least you have the option of choosing classic behavior - which is much more forgiving.

The pinball portion of the game is a blast and even incorporates the ability to "shake" the playfield. Controls with a standard CX-40 style joystick are familiar and even though you get discrete flipper buttons using a gamepad, I'll always prefer a joystick for maze games.

If you like a challenging game with a little Pac-Man and pinball thrown in, I wholeheartedly recommend adding this game to your 7800 collection today!
David Sherwin on 12/29/2019 02:04pm
Ryan's review is spot-on. Except for that bit about the "ugly" maze. C'mon. It's Baby Pac-Man! This is as perfect a port of the hybrid pinball/arcade game as you can get, except this, unlike the arcade machine, is actually playable. And yes, I spent a few rounds with the original at PRGE. The 7800 port is still hard, though.
Ryan Witmer on 12/17/2019 05:20pm
So, what do you get when you combine a lackluster Pac-Man game with a simple and boring pinball table? One of the best games on the Atari 7800.

I've had the pleasure of playing the arcade version of Baby Pac-Man a few times, and I've long been intrigued by it. I had tentative plans to produce an Atari 5200 version, but Bob beat me to the punch and produced this fantastic home port. I can honestly say that I've spent more time with this game than any other homebrew title I've purchased. This game has as intense "one more game" quality to it that I just can't resist. Part of its charm is the fact that it even exists, since I don't think anybody was really expecting a home port of this game.

The maze portion of the game is ugly, but so was the arcade version, so I can't fault it for that. The ghost AI is tenacious, but with practice you'll learn to handle it. This game forces you to play Pac-Man in ways that you haven't before. You'll also notice over time how truly devious the maze design is.

The pinball section is very well done. I've seen a few odd ball behaviors from time to time, but nothing game breaking. The pinball table will truly make-or-break your game in the maze. The bonuses you earn here are essential, particularly the tunnel speed-up. I thought this bonus sounded dumb and useless at first, but it's actually tremendously useful. Every power-pill you earn is precious, and the decision to use them in the maze is a fascinating one, since they can be saved for the next maze. The pinball game should not be viewed as a sideshow, it's a critical piece of the game and is just as important as the maze.

To sum up, this game is easily the crown-jewel of my Atari 7800 collection. I love everything about it, and can't recommend it enough. It's a shame it took until 2019 for this title to finally make it home.

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