Monday, January 04, 2016

Pac-Mania


Pac-Mania is based on the original but it's now played through a scrolling 3D perspective and the little yellow fella can now jump, genius! However, the original game suffered a small play area compared to other conversions but was still generally well received. Gee, I wonder how an Atari STe might handle the game?

Well, entering the 16-Bit arena is Samuel (aka Zamuel_A) with a version specifically designed to make full use of the enhanced hardware. Gameplay now takes place in overscan and flows along at 50fps thanks to the hardware scrolling. The Blitter handles the sprites and the DMA Audio hardware plays the sounds with our good ol' YM2149 banging out chiptunes. I'm gobsmacked, I think he has utilised every part of the computer?

PacMania has literally been transformed for the 21st century and it's impossible not to be blown away by Samuel's hard work. A fascinating revamp of the arcade favourite and now far more enjoyable than ever.

LINKS

 - Download link is right here from Atari-Forum!
 - I made a video recording for all those that don't believe how fantastic it is.
 - Here is an older video recording I made but PLEASE play using a real Atari STe!!