Sunday, August 06, 2017

Crackman In The Search For His Dealer


Crackman was released for the Atari STe by Teenage [Pung] and has one of the most idiotic storylines I've ever heard so make sure you read the docs! Okay, I'm sure you've already guessed, Crackman is a PacMan clone but is also one of the most challenging I have ever played. The maps are often huge with a crafty design but it's the ghosts themselves that cannot fail to impress with an insanely intelligent AI which dictates lots of practice before matching wits. In fact, my first game almost ended in tears and I needed many more attempts before recording a video...

Along with the crazy storyline are a few surprises like mines, hidden walls and power pad support. I love the mean-looking ghosts and our little pill-popper has a full set of teeth but my favourite is when he dies and turns into a puddle of gore. The Atari STe is used to great effect with silky smooth 50fps hardware scrolling and superb DMA audio.

Everyone knows Pac-Man but if you thought it was boring then perhaps you need to take a look at this - I dare you :-)
Is it better than Crapman? I don't know, but what I do know that we have yet another brilliant Pac-Man game!!

LINKS

 - The download is available from Demozoo and AtariMania.
 - My video recording would have lasted much longer but for my dodgy joystick... (honest!)