Things I’ve Learned About Pacman

My first exposure to Pac-man was actually indirect; the first computer I had came with a game called MunchMan that was nothing but a Pac-man ripoff:

Look familiar?  (Notice that the TI letters advertising Texas Instruments are Munch Man’s food.)

I was terrible at MunchMan, I preferred Hunt the Wumpus.  (Give me a break, I was five.)

Today, I’ve played a few games on Google and I’ve picked up on some strategy.

  • Don’t try to cross the really long sections without power.  Those darned ghosts will over take you.
  • Speaking of which, they are faster then you until you get food.
  • The ghosts will follow you a bit and you can evade them tricking them into going one direction and then escaping through the passage on the side that takes you to the other side.  So clever.
  • Don’t get fixated on eating enemies.  When you get food they run off, so just eat more dots.  You can’t stop the ghosts and more than you can stop the aging process – but you can evade it for a certain time.
  • Avoid the mistake of thinking that the ghost you eat are gone forever; they stay in their prison cell about as long as white collar criminal in a state jail run by a Democrat governor.  You will see them again.
  • Fruit is a distraction.  Just like in real life, push anything that grows off of your plate and go for the main course.

Interesting note – ever wonder why so many Ms. Pac-man games are around? The original Pac-man games had the ghosts running around in predictable patterns – experts could win with their eyes closed.  But Ms. Pac-man introduced random ghost movements which made the game more challenging.  Of course, today every version of the game has this.

Including this one!  (Come back here when Google’s stops working.)

  5 comments for “Things I’ve Learned About Pacman

  1. May 21, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    That's awesome. Yeah, that tune frightens me as I imagine his dark eyes looming down on me while his mouth closes around me. Shudder…


  2. May 21, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Hunt the Wumpus was AWESOME, and you are now the only person I know who remembers that game. Every time I hear “In the Halls of the Mountain King”, I have flashbacks to Hunt the Wumpus.


  3. May 21, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    I actually have the cartridge for that around my place somewhere. Now, if only I could find my TI-99/4A. I'm afraid it might have gotten accidentally tossed! (or it's at my parent's)


  4. May 21, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    I know a store in Paris Texas that carries it…then again, mine might still exist at my parent's house…


  5. Anonymous
    May 23, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    I'm a big fan of Hunt the Wumpus…

    – Jason


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