Peter Pack Rat
is a 1985 platform game developed and released by Atari Games for the Atari System 1 arcade hardware. It was programmed by Peter Thompson, with graphics by Debbie Hayes and music by Brad Fuller. The game was only produced in small quantities, either as a standalone cabinet or as an upgrade kit to existing ones.Gameplay
Peter Pack Rat is a platforming game where the player controls Peter, a pack rat, who must gather objects such as bottles, cans, or wrenches and take them back to the starting point to complete each level. The game features three unique stages that repeat in a fixed cycle - a junkyard, a sewer, and a large tree - with the layout, number of enemies, and number of required objects changing each time. A group of enemies known as "The Gang" serve as the main obstacles, and include Riff Rat and the Rats of Flatbush, Clawd the cat, Scrapper the bulldog, Sticky the spider, Slugger the bat, Big Al the alligator, Diamond Jim the snake, and Nite Owl. Peter can collection additional items that can be used as projectiles and stun enemies for a brief moment, also allowing him the ability to ride some of them about the stage. Points are awarded based on the amount of time remaining when all items are collected, and the number of enemies stunned.
The game features four difficulty levels that can be selected before gameplay - Easy, Medium, Hard, and Good Luck - that change the starting level. Jeff Peters holds the official high score with 910,875 points achieved at the Camelot Arcade in Anaheim, California on March 20, 1986.