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Pac-Mania


Pac-Mania (c) 11/1987 Namco.


After the superb platform action of the series' previous game, "Pac-Land", Namco chose to return the series to its roots with the re-introduction of the 'eat all of the pills in the maze game-play of the earlier classics. Pac-Mania feels somewhat different to its illustrious predecessors, however, due to Pac-Man's newly-acquired 'jump' ability. The mazes are now rendered with an isometric, pseudo 3-D viewpoint, allowing the player to jump over the chasing ghosts and make an escape.


Pac-Mania features four different mazes - 'Block Town', 'Pac-Man's Park', 'Sandbox Land' and 'Jungly Steps' - and the player can opt to start on any of the first three. In addition to the four original ghosts, four more new ghosts have been added. Sue has returned, but she is now colored purple and is aggressive. A green ghost, Funky, has the ability to jump on higher levels, where there are always two Funkies. There is also a silver ghost called Spunky who has the same ability to jump, but, unlike Funky, Pac-Man cannot jump over him.


Another new feature in this game is the appearance of several 'special items' (in addition to the traditional fruit bonuses - cherries, strawberries, oranges, apples, bananas, apricots, bells, and keys). These items include candy, hamburgers, ice cream cones, coffee, and two special kinds of power pills. The pills, which appear in addition to the traditional power pills, give Pac-Man more points for eating ghosts and also give him extra speed, both of which come in very handy during game-play. Pac-Mania was to be Pac-Man's last arcade outing.


- TECHNICAL -


Namco System 1 hardware

Game ID : PN


Main CPU : 6809 (@ 1.536 Mhz)

Sub CPU : 6809 (@ 1.536 Mhz)

Sound CPU : 6809 (@ 1.536 Mhz)

MCU: HD63701 (@ 1.536 Mhz)

Sound Chips : YM2151 (@ 3.57958 Mhz), Namco advanced 8-channel stereo WSG, stereo DAC


Screen orientation : Vertical

Video resolution : 224 x 288 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.61 Hz

Palette colors : 24-bit RGB palette


Players : 2

Control : 4-way joystick

Buttons : 1 (BOUNCE)


- TRIVIA -


Licensed to Atari for US distribution.


The 'Pac-Man's Park' maze is basically the original "Pac-Man" maze in an isometric 3-D perspective.


Donn Nauert holds the official record for this game with 385,570 points.


Victor Entertainment released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Namco Video Game Graffiti Vol.4 - VDR-5282) on 08/03/1989.


- UPDATES -


There are more levels in the Japanese version - 23 to be exact.


The US version lets you select any maze except 'Jungly Steps' when you start.


- SCORING -


Dot : 60 points

Power pill (energizer) : 300 points

Red pill (special energizer) : 7650 points (doubles ghost values up to 7650)

Green pill (speed up) : 1000 points

Ghosts : 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 7650 points


Cherry : 1000 points

Strawberry : 2000 points

Peach : 3000 points

Apple : 4000 points

Banana : 5000 points

Flower : 6000 points

Bell : 7000 points

Key : 8000 points


Candy : 4000 points

Green apple : 6000 points

Coffee cup : 5000 points

Small ice cream cone : 6000 points

Large ice cream cone : 8000 points

Silver bell : 9000 points

Galaxian : 7650 points

Silver key : 10000 points

Hamburger : 7000 points

Silver Galaxian : 7650 points


- SERIES -


1. Pac-Man (1980)

2. Ms. Pac-Man (1981)

3. Super Pac-Man (1982)

4. Pac-Man Plus (1982)

5. Jr. Pac-Man (1983)

6. Pac & Pal (1983)

7. Pac-Land (1984)

8. Pac-Mania (1987)

9. Pac-In-Time (1994, Nintendo Super Famicom)

10. Pac-Man 2 - The New Adventures (1994, Nintendo Super Famicom and Sega Mega Drive)

11. Pac-Man VR (1996)

12. Pac-Man World (1999, Sony PlayStation)

13. Pac-Man - Adventures in Time (2000, PC CD-ROM)

14. Ms. Pac-Man Maze Madness (2000, Sony PlayStation)

15. Ms. Pac-Man - Quest for the Golden Maze (2001, PC CD-ROM)

16. Pac-Man All-Stars (2002, PC CD-ROM)

17. Pac-Man Fever (2002, Sony PlayStation 2)

18. Pac-Man World 2 (2002, Sony PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, and Microsoft XBOX; 2004, PC CD-ROM)

19. Pac-Man vs. (2003, Nintendo GameCube)

20. Ms. Pac-Man - Maze Madness (2004, Nintendo GameBoy Advance)

21. Pac-Man World 3 (2005, Sony PSP, Sony PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, Microsoft XBOX, PC CD-ROM, and Nintendo DS)

22. Pac'n Roll (2005, Nintendo DS)

23. Pac-Pix (2005, Nintendo DS)


- STAFF -


Game Design : St. Daimyojin

Character Design : T. Yamashita

Graphic Design : A. Usukusa

Visual Design : Satoshi S., Babe. Teshima, Yukari M., Kazuya G., Tomoyuki S.

Music and Sound : Junko Ozawa, Yuri., Y. Tomuro

Game Program : Taro. Shimizu

System Program : Taro. Shimizu, Kosei M., Dr. Tam., H. Yamazaki

System Design : T. Ogawa, T. Okada, Makoto Inoue, Dr. Tam.

Director : St. Daimyojin, T. Iwatani

Presenter : Fun First Pro., Namco Limited


- PORTS -


* Consoles :

Nintendo Famicom (1990)

Sega Master System (1991)

Sega Mega Drive (1991)

Sony PlayStation (1997, "Namco Museum Vol.5")

Nintendo Game Boy Advance (2001, "Pac-Man Collection")

Sony PlayStation 2 (2002, "Namco Museum") : initially locked.

Microsoft XBOX (2002, "Namco Museum") : initially locked.

Nintendo GameCube (2002, "Namco Museum") : initially locked.

Sony PlayStation 2 (2005, "Namco Museum 50th Anniversary") : initially locked.

Microsoft XBOX (2005, "Namco Museum 50th Anniversary") : initially locked.

Nintendo GameCube (2005, "Namco Museum 50th Anniversary") : initially locked.


* Computers :

Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1988)

Atari ST (1988)

Amstrad CPC (1988)

Commodore C64 (1988)

Commodore Amiga (1988)

MSX2 (1989)

Acorn Archimedes (1991)

Tandy Color Computer 3 (1992, "PacDude Monster Maze")

Sharp X68000

PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (2005, "Namco Museum 50th Anniversary") : initially locked.


* Others :

Mobile Phones (2005)