Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Apr 2013 11:17 UTC
Games A lot of interesting stuff on the internals of one of the greatest games of all time: Pac-Man. First, recreating Pac-Man in a day. Second, a very detailed look at the artificial intelligence of each of the game's ghosts. As it turns out, each ghost had its own 'character' and approached Pac-Man in its own unique way. Third, the Pac-Man Dossier, the most detailed study of the game ever.
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Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Tue 2nd Apr 2013 12:32 UTC
MOS6510
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2011-05-12

Interesting to read they wanted to make Pac-Man appealing for not only men, but also women because I always thought they made Ms. Pac-Man for the girls.

My Pac-Man tactic used to be to track all ghosts at once and semi-blindly move Pac-Mac to the most open area until only a few dots remained and then I picked the right moment to get them. This tactic was so good I always quit out of boredom than actually being eaten by the ghosts.

I forgotten the exact title, but on the Commodore 64 (and perhaps Amiga) there was a semi-3D Pac-Man followup that was quite fun.

Edit: I remember now: Pac-Mania

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pac-Mania

Edited 2013-04-02 12:37 UTC

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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by henderson101 on Tue 2nd Apr 2013 13:58 in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

I used to play Pacmania on RISC OS machines... I remember it being okay, but not much else.

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Tue 2nd Apr 2013 14:35 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

It wasn't anything special, but it was more fun (IMO) than the original Pac-Man and certainly better looking.

Being able to jump over ghosts added a fun dimension to the gameplay.

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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by Valhalla on Tue 2nd Apr 2013 15:10 in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
Valhalla Member since:
2006-01-24

Pac-mania was pretty fun, it was (just like the original) first an arcade game which not so surprisingly looked alot better than the c64/amiga versions, although I think the amiga version could have looked alot better had the developers not been lazy, here's the original arcade game:

http://www.system16.com/hardware.php?id=524&page=1#3023

My personal favourite pac-man would be the 'arranged' version which resides in the 'Namco Classic Collection v.2' arcade game. Really frantic action with jump/warp points and something like 'pseudo' depth in some of the mazes.

http://www.system16.com/hardware.php?id=531#1265

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