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Pac-Classic v0.2
(Phillip Jay Cohen)


"The definitive clone of Pac-man, and it's in QuickBasic!"

Besides Street Fighter II and Donkey Kong, Pac-man is the only other disputable candidate for the most popular arcade game of all time. This is probably why they still update Pac-man's adventures twenty years after his first appearance on an arcade machine. He's literally everywhere, from Playstations to the NES and even to the PC.

Finally, this most popular franchise has been "cloned" for QuickBasic. Claiming to be the "definitive" clone of the original 1980 Pac-man game, Pac-Classic brings all of the classic Pac-man franchise to QB! That means non-stop action, tons of ghost gobbling, even the fruits in the center of the maze. So get ready, 'cause Pac-man is definitely back!

Graphics (n.)
The use of animation and visual effects to stimulate the senses
This update to Pac-Classic maintains the Pac-Man arcade unit look that Pac-Classic v0.1. All the good points of the original are there, from the blinking power pellets, the movement of the ghosts, the chomping motions of Pac-Man... even the two-screen playing field from the Pac-Man arcade unit is present in Pac-Classic v0.2, all while cleanly placing a 2-player alternating mode. Unfortunately, a big part of any score in these reviews is the originality of the product. So, there's an automatic point penalty for looking too close to the real thing.

And then, Pac-Classic v0.2 gets one point less than v0.1 because of a minor graphics  glitch. When Pac-Man or the ghosts enter the side passages, the glitch occurs. Otherwise, the game's graphics are smooth and there really isn't more you can ask out of a definitive Pac-Man clone.

Sound/Music (n.)
The smooth blend of atmospheric sounds and original harmonies
The sound effects were taken directly from the original Pac-Man and they were placed into the game effectively. Thus, a point off for deliberate but understandable lack of originality.
Gameplay (n.)The precision of control and involvement of character within its universe vvv
Simply put, Pac-Classic plays exactly like Pac-Man. You play Pac-Man, a guy who likes to eat pellets. But ghosts wander around the maze and get in your way, and to attack the ghosts you have to swallow Power Pellets, which give you a temporary boost of ghost-whuppin' power.

Pac-Classic is able to take all these elements and put them faithfully into their game. You get a faithful variation of the ghost AI, the power pellets, the side passages, and speed faithful to the arcade classic. You even get the two-player mode, the fruit bonuses, and a high score listing. You really can't get any closer to the arcade's gameplay than this, so it's the QB standard.

Story (n.)
The creativity and presentation of the game's critical plot
(Very Poor) You can't get points for an original story if it's a direct port of the coin-op.
Replay Value (n.)
The timelessness of the gamer's delight, such that the experience can be repeated again and again
When Pac-man first came out, I played it all day, and Pac-Classic is able to renew some of that arcade fervor I felt from those days of yore.
Challenge (v.)
To strike the mental nerve in such a way as to stimulate human thought and reflexes
According to Phillip Jay Cohen's readme file, this version of Pac-Classic has a totally re-written Ghost AI system so that the algorithms are similar to the Pac-Man Arcade. Frankly, I didn't notice anything wrong with the AI before, nor do I notice anything wrong with Pac-Classic's new ghost AI. The ghosts are still smart enough but not annoying enough to keep players into the game.
Fun Factor (n.)
The overall entertainment value as maintained throughout the adventure
Pac-fans rejoice. The graphics, music, gameplay, and even Fun Factor are very close to the arcade Pac-man. Unless you're looking for a whole new experience, Pac-Classic's a good addition to any QB Gamer's library.
Players 1-2 players
Genre: Arcade Game
Rating To solve: N/A Final Rating: 15/35

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Installation Tips
wFor best results, run the game in either DOS mode or a Windows 9x DOS box.
wTo play Pac Classic, unzip the file and run "PACLASSC.EXE".

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