Amidar is a cute little game, and it distances itself from Pac-Man enough to escape being escape being called a rip-off, but it doesn't really offer anything you can't find in other arcade games of the era. At a time when just about every arcade game had its own unique idea and style of play, games obviously derived from other games were easier to lose in the shuffle. Some games still made it big of course, like Galaga, proving some formulas were addictive enough to let several games flourish. The formula of Pac-Man apparently wasn't one of them, as Amidar just isn't as addictive as Galaga or even Galaxian. Again, Amidar is a cute little game, but ultimately not essential to the history of video games.