Pac-Hack

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highrise
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Pac-Hack

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Greetings everyone

Following a request by Stuart Campbell, i dug deep into the code of Atarisoft's Pacman, and modified the maze and some of the graphics to look a little more like the arcade. It still plays quite jerkily, but it's a lot more frantic, and it really does make a difference. Great suggestion Stu! This game has been playtested for a while and I think we squished the bugs but do let me know if there is anything critical.

Download for free here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/23jtb52lgszu3s6/pachack5.szx

Part one of a video talking about how I went about it here:



Have fun and stay safe!
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Hac-Man, surely!!
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Nice to play. Congrats!
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Yip, I agree! This is great! Thanks!
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You can call it whatever you like :) when i posted some screen shots I just started calling the images 'pachack1,2' etc so it stuck. I think Hac-Man has almost certainly been done before and as this is really just a hack rather than a full game I think it's better suited.
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I love it!
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highrise wrote:
Fri Apr 24, 2020 2:41 pm
You can call it whatever you like :)
I'm going with Pac-Man Special Edition, 'cos it's special :D

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that's nice to know, but to be clear, call it what you want in private, please don't refer to it as anything else because that will only cause confusion.
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This is amazing, thank you!

Now can you do the same for Ms Pac Man? :D It's by the same author, so maybe the same "engine"?

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 96&id=3316

Or you could always do the same modifications to the original Z-Man (which was modded to make PacMan) and get a brand new maze!

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 96&id=5858

I also remember this being on a Your Sinclair cover tape in '92, but I'm sure it was marked as a reader submission :lol:
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it's interesting that Ms Pacman was written by the same author isn't it? Ms Pacman is a completely different game and one which is a lot smoother than this game. It could still be improved I guess, but for the Spectrum it's a decent effort. I have my own version in the works and will get around to finishing it some day perhaps!
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