In the early days after Pac-Man was released to the world, there were a lot of arcade and home console companies that wanted in on the Pac-profit! This series will focus on these lesser known games. weather it’s an original game, or a Pac-bootleg, we will be touching base with these games that Pac-forgot!
The first game we’re talking about, is one that is in my top five games of all time-
Make Trax started it’s life as a maze chaser called Crush Roller. it was developed by Alpha Denshi and originally published by Kural Samno Electric in Japan. It was also licensed for North American release to Williams Electronics, and in Europe to both Karateco and Exidy.
What makes this game so unique?
You don’t eat dots- you PAINT THE MAZE!
Make Trax is a maze game in which the player controls a paintbrush and must paint the entire layout in order to advance to the next stage. Two fish – one yellow, the other light-blue – emerge from separate aquariums to pursue the paintbrush around the board, and if either of the fish succeeds in making contact with the paintbrush, the player loses one of three lives.
And unlike the ghosts- the fish can see you wherever you are in the maze. So, they can plan an attack- most of the time cornering you.
It’s a challenge- checkout Youtuber CrazyClimber 80 playing!
I love this game. The maze layout, the roller powerups, The hidden WARP HOLES, the sound, and it’s kooky nature keeps me coming back for more! I might even do a Coin Up episode soon…
How about you? Have you ever played Make Trax? Love it? hate it? let me know in the comments!
Continuing Pac-Man Month here’s another special post celebrating our favorite dot muncher. Since Pac-Man’s creation 40 years ago he has become an intricate part of pop culture. It’s only inevitable that movies and television pay homage to our favorite yellow protagonist. The following are my top five favorite Pac-Man cameos in movies and television:
5. Pixels (2015)
Though I don’t hate Pixels as most people on the internet do, I not a huge fan of it either. One of my favorite parts of the movie is near the middle of the film where the invading aliens take the form of Pac-Man and start destroying the city. It’s up to our heroes to become the ghost and stop him. The best part of it though is one of the people who join the main cast is the real-life creator of Pac-Man Toru Iwatani. He wants to stop Pac-Man and tries to appeal to Pac-Man as a Father. I won’t spoil what happens even though it is in the trailers but I feel it’s one of the funniest parts of the movie. Bonus fact: Iwatani also appears earlier in the movie working as an arcade tech working on a Pac-Man Arcade.
4. Tron (1982)
Tron is one of my favorite video game movies. I believe this movie is so underrated due to the subject being ahead of its time. As for Pac-Man, his cameo is more of a blink and you’ll miss it one. The picture above shows Stark, the movie’s antagonist looking at a map of The Grid. Taking a close look and you’ll see our little yellow friend. Furthermore you can also hear the Pac-Man noises hidden in the soundtrack. This is one of the greatest video game movies and to have Pac-Man make a cameo just two years after his premiere is just a testament to Pac-Man’s impact on pop culture.
3. Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends (2004)
One of my favorite shows on Cartoon Network is Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. For those who have never heard of it the basic premise of the show is Mac has an imaginary friend name Bloo and his mother asks to get rid of him so Mac can grow up. Bloo looks like a blue ghost from Pac-man so of course in the first episode “House of Bloo’s” they have to make a joke about it. Chased through a junkyard maze by an ExtremeasaurBloo tries to escape. What really sells this is the classic Pac-Man music and sound effects playing makes it a perfect joke.
2. Square One Television (1987)
This one is very nostalgic for me and I almost didn’t remember it if not for the research I did for this article. Square One Television was a show on PBS that made to teach children about math in the same way Sesame Street taught younger kids letters and numbers. Gearing the show to older kids they made segments that would get their attention. Of course, their target audience likes video games and especially Pac-Man so it was a no brainer to add a small segment in the show. Called Mathman this segment would have Mathman try to answer a math problem that was usually given by his nemesis Mr. Glitch. If he ate the right answer he would win the game if not he would lose the game. It was really fun and if it helped me learn a little more about math then its a win-win.
1. Wreck-it-Ralph (2012)
Wreck-it-Ralph is a movie that is a great love letter to video games and their fans and more importantly has a great story. The movie mostly takes place in an arcade and each arcade connects through Game Central Station. During the night the game characters wander around the different worlds to meet or just have fun. Of course one of those worlds is Pac-man. Pac-Man and a bunch of elements of his world are predominantly featured though out the film. Some of my favorite Pac-Man references include one of the first scenes featuring Clyde, one of the ghosts from Pac-Man leading a Bad-Anon villains support group, Ralph eating a cherry from Pac-Man, and even the Yellow chomper himself showing up at Fix-it-Felix’s anniversary party.
These are all of my favorite Pac-Man references and cameos but what about you? Comment below and let us know if you have any favorites.
We all know what today is- Pac-Man Day! But- do you remember the first time you saw Pac-Man? was it in the arcade? On the Atari VCS? On a later system? Well, that’s what Josh, Danny, and myself talk about in this episode!
Happy Pac-Man Day… And Keep Playin’ Like It’s 1981!
I can’t believe it! 40 years ago TODAY the yellow one was released to the public- and we were never the same again! And to celibate this momentous occasion, Jerry Buckner- one of the founding fathers of Pac-Man Fever is doing a live stream! let’s join in on the fun!
Hey Arcaders! I really enjoying Pac-Man Month! I hope you are too.
I thought it was a good time to start another series- about the Pac-Man games after the original maze chasers. You see- Namco knew their icon had to evolve. So, I thought- Let’s take a closer look at these games… and see if they keep their Pac-Man feel, but more importantly, is the game good? I thought we would start with one that I remember being so quirky, fun, and so- different- that it was THE PERFECT GAME to start with. Arcaders- I give you…
Pac-Man 2 The New Adventures.
Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures is a graphic adventure game, a vast departure from its predecessors. Players assume the role of Pac-Man as he must carry out different quests given to him by other characters. Many of these involve retrieving a specific item, such as a bottle of milk or a flower. Unlike other adventure games, players cannot control Pac-Man directly, who will wander and interact with the in-game world at his own pace. Instead, players use a slingshot to guide, or “influence”, Pac-Man to his destination or to attract his attention towards a specific object.
In each quest, the player will need to solve puzzles to progress. The solutions to these puzzles are based on Pac-Man’s moods, which differ based on the player’s actions. For example, the player can shoot down an apple from a tree, which Pac-Man will eat and makes him happier, while shooting Pac-Man in the face will make him irritated or depressed. Pac-Man’s moods will also determine how cooperative he becomes; for instance, making Pac-Man too happy will cause him to become smug and cocky, and as a result less willing to follow the orders of the player. Some sections of the game follow Pac-Man riding on a hang glider or in a minecart through “chase” scenes, which require fast-reflexes from the player. Pac-Man may sometimes encounter his enemies Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde, where he will immediately become frightened and run around the screen. Feeding Pac-Man a Power Pellet, stored in an inventory at the bottom corner of the screen, will transform him into Super Pac-Man and allow him to eat the ghosts. If the player visits the arcade, they can play the original Pac-Man. Finding three game cartridges will allow them to play Ms. Pac-Man in the SNES version, or Pac-Jr. in the Sega Genesis version.-
My first question was- Pac-Man 2? Where is Pac Man 1? Here is my hypothesis- Pac-Man 1… Was Pac-Land.
Pacland is a very unique scrolling platformer that predated Super Mario Bros in the U.S. by a year! and we will be getting to this game soon!
Back to Pac-Man 2- It’s a point and click adventure. So, you don’t control Pac-Man, you make him look, or hit an object (or him) and get his attention and make him react.
The best part- was Pac-Man’s emotions. He could be happy, sad, hungry, scared, mad, and more! Check them out!
Enough talk- lets look at the game!
What did you think Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures? Did you love it? Hate It? Never knew it existed? Let Me know in the comments!