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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Mac Pan

After yesterday's awesome (mind-blowing!) technical flight sim I needed something a little less taxing on my old brain cells so I'm taking an easier route and playing a Pac-Man clone. Many come with tons of bells and whistles but here is one of a more traditional variety so let's get pill-popping and ghost munching!

Mac Pan was released in 1987 by Richard Beith and works in ST High resolution. There are a few integrated features which I really liked: hold down the fire button and you can temporally increase the yellow guy's speed, the game's speed can be tinkered to your own preference and it also has support for simultaneous 2-players. The graphics are cutely vintage but the waka-waka-waka sound effects aren't going to blow you away.

It's not the best PacMan game I've played but I still enjoyed it and being able to choose the game's speed is a superb idea. It's easy to imagine German office workers in the 80s playing Mac Pan during their lunch break. Monochrome users should jump up & down with excitement because this is an excellent clone of the classic.


 - Apparently, the game has a cheat mode but I've never found it. Can you?
 - Downloads are available using Old Games Finder and here is a video recording I made :-)

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