Monday, March 26, 2018

Pacman On E's


There are already a number of cracking Pacman games for the best 16-Bit computer on the planet so how does Pacman On E's differ? Well, it's been developed specifically for the enhanced Atari STe and, unlike so many lost shareware titles, this is actually the registered version which comes with lots of cool extras!

   

Pacman is timeless but this version takes the genre to a whole new level with fast and furious gameplay. There are 100 levels with zany visuals, funky music and an incredible range of stereo sound effects - like the Road Runner's "meep meep" and the buzzer from Family Fortunes. Digital Dreams has made use of the extra colours, Blitter and DMA Audio. Interestingly, the Function Keys can be used to change the bass, treble and volume (and more).

   

However, best of all is the simultaneous two-player support for hilarious gameplay, especially hunting for the power-ups that offer a wide variety of silly effects. My video recording shows both my daughter and me playing together and it was absolutely superb - but she died first so decided to cheat by covering my eyes with her hands!

   

Both the shareware and registered version are widely available on the internet so make sure you get the right one: 8BitChip has adapted the registered version for hard disk installation and the floppy disks can be found over on Stonish (this disk also features Tomtar). My greetings to Stuart Innes and Robert Thomson - awesome game fellas!!

5 comments:

  1. Thanks Steve, brings back great memories. I was wondering what cheat mode your daughter had used, forgot you had cheat modes outside of the game! :)

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    1. lol she's a master of the iPad virtual controls yet can't use a joystick. Cheers mate :)

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  2. Brings back great memories seeing this game again!

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