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Super Pac-Man


Super Pac-Man (c) 10/1982 Namco.


Conquer the fruit-filled maze! Disguised as our mild-mannered "Pac-Man", Super Pac-Man fights a never ending battle to eat rows of fruit and objects, destroy enemy monsters and rack up scores that are out of this world.


- TECHNICAL -


Game ID : SP


Main CPU : M6809 (@ 1.536 Mhz)

Sound CPU : M6809 (@ 1.536 Mhz)

Sound Chips : Namco 8-channel WSG


Screen orientation : Vertical

Video resolution : 224 x 288 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.61 Hz

Palette colors : 32


Players : 2

Control : 4-way joystick

Buttons : 1 (SUPER SPEED) - only works when Pac-Man is in Super form.


- TRIVIA -


Also licensed to Bally Midway for US manufacture and distribution (11/1982).


In this new Pac-Man game, the game-play mechanics have altered radically - instead of eating dots, the player is required to eat a key, which unlocks a section of the maze containing some kind of food. Once all the food is eaten, the player advances to the next level. The new game-play mechanics were considered by many to be confusing, and too much of a change from the original two games ("Pac-Man" and Ms. Pac-Man). Ultimately, Super Pac Man proved to be the least successful game in the original series, being outsold that year by "Pac-Man Plus", a slightly updated version of the original game. In spite of this, the game's A.I. was celebrated as being one of the best of that era, and in the eyes of many fans, was the best out of any Pac-Man game.


The alien spaceship "Galaxian" makes an appearance in this game as the food item of stage 15.


A Super Pac-Man unit appears in the 1983 movie 'Joysticks'.


- SCORING -


Key : 50 points

Eating a door (when Super-sized) : 200 points

Food items : 10 x stage (max. 160) points

1st blue monster : 200 points

2nd blue monster : 400 points

3rd blue monster : 800 points

4th blue monster : 1600 points

Star, when slot machine items do not match : 200 to 1600 points (value doubles after each bonus stage)

Star, when slot machine items match but different from level : 2000 points

Star, when slot machine items match but same as level : 5000 points

Bonus points awarded after bonus round is complete. Bonus counts down from 20000 by 100's.


- TIPS AND TRICKS -


* Easter Egg :

1) Enter service mode.

2) Keep Button 1 pressed and enter the following sequence : Right, Down(x2), Left(x4), Up.

'(c) (p) 1982 NAMCO LTD.' will be added at the bottom of the screen.


* Try to group the ghosts together, and lure as many as possible at once behind you before collecting a powerpill (3,000 for all 4 monsters).


* Note that you can kill the ghosts in their home, so on the early stages you can kill all 4, then collect another powerpill and kill them in their base as soon as they regenerate. This gives you another few seconds breathing space as well.


* At the early parts of each level, concentrate on picking up as many keys as possible before collecting any treats. This way you open up a lot of the maze, saving grief later on.


* When you are fully powered up, collecting a normal powerpill extends your power-up time. The super power does last longer than a normal powerpill.


* When you are fully powered up, try and break through any remaining doors to save you from having to collect all the keys.


* Don't worry about the bonus star in the center - it's not worth wasting time waiting to try and match the items as you score far more points in general play on later levels.


* Although the maze layout is always the same, the keys on later levels open different doors, so you can't rely on the same patterns on each screen.


- 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 -


Designed by : Toru Iwatani


- PORTS -


* Consoles :

Sony PlayStation (1996, "Namco Museum Vol.2")

Nintendo Game Boy Color (1999, "Ms. Pac-Man - Special Color Edition")


* Computers :

Atari 800 (1984)

Commodore C64 (1988)

PC [MS-DOS] (1988)


* Others :

Super Pac-Man TV game (2006 - Jakks Pacific).

Mobile Phones (2006)