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Pac-Mania
Publisher:
Sega Mega Drive
Tengen,
Sega Master System
TecMagik
Developer:
Developer(s) of original games: Namco
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System
Original system(s): Namco System I
Genre: Action































Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$? 301018-0150
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£49.99[2] 301018-0170
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F 301018-0170
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? 301018-0170
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas 301018-0170
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?



Sega Master System
UK
£29.99[3] 25010-50
Sega Master System
FR
?F 25010-50
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? 25010-50
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas 25010-50
Sega Master System
AU
$? ?



Pac-Mania is a sequel to Pac-Man, first released in 1987 in the arcades by Namco for its Namco System 1 hardware and brought to the Sega Mega Drive and Sega Master System by Tengen in 1991. It has also been ported to numerous other consoles and computers, including the Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MSX, NES, Zeebo and ZX Spectrum. It is a pseudo-3D take on the Pac-Man gameplay formula, though offers many other additions.

Gameplay

The game is presented in an oblique perspective with more detailed backgrounds than in previous Pac-Man arcade games. The disadvantage of this is that only a section of the play area is visible and therefore there is more of a reliance on scrolling. To counter this, Pac-Man now has the ability to jump, which can be used to avoid ghosts (apart from ghosts that can also jump). There are more ghosts on-screen than in previous titles too, who are found in a variety of different colors and are left unnamed. Unlike the original game there are now four maps, one of which is unlockable and each having their own music track.

History

Legacy

Though Pac-Mania was seen as a return to form for the Pac-Man franchise (previous entries such as Super Pac-Man, Pac & Pal and Pac Land had radically changed the original formula and were therefore not as successful), the game failed to receive the popularity obtained by the original Pac-Man or Ms. Pac-Man, mostly because despite appearing in 1987, it failed to offer much improvement over the original 1980 game.

Magazine articles

Main article: Pac-Mania/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Sega Visions (US) #6: "Fall 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
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GamePro (US) #29: "December 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #30: "January 1992" (199x-xx-xx)[5]
</div>
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Sega Visions (US) #7: "Winter 1991/1992" (1991-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • GamePro (US) 16-bit Video Gaming: "February 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[6]
</div>
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Computer & Video Games (UK) #125: "April 1992" (1992-03-15)
</div>
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Computer & Video Games (UK) #130: "September 1992" (1992-08-15)
</div>
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Consoles + (FR) #17: "Février 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:
</div>
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The Complete Guide to Sega (UK) (1991-05-xx)
also published in:
  • Raze (UK) #11: "September 1991" (1991-07-25)[8]
</div>
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Micro News (FR) #49: "Eté 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
</div>
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Mega Force (FR) #1: "Juillet/Août 1991" (1991-07-18)
</div>
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Hobby Consolas (ES) #1: "Octubre 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
</div>
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Game Power (IT) #1: "Dicembre 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Game Power (IT) #2: "Gennaio 1992" (199x-xx-xx)[9]
  • Game Power (IT) #6: "Maggio 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[10]
</div>

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Master System Supertext advert (EU; 1991)

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
85 №52, p91[2]
65 №14, p124[11]
80 №4, p60/61[12]
50 №38
90 №13, p134/135[13]
82 №23, p120[14]
64 №5, p93
70 №1, p38/39[15]
86 №15, p62/63[16]
83 №18, p67[17]
76 №27, p48
82 №2, p46[18]
82 №18, p66
93 №4, p52-54[19]
71 №1, p88[20]
84 №1, p11[21]
Sega Mega Drive
78
Based on
16 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, EU
PacMania MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
PacMania MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Pac-Mania MD EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, AU

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
80 №44, p71[3]
90 №0, p54-56
86 №113, p40/41[22]
86 №5, p60/61[23]
88 №2, p40/41[24]
80 №16
88 №1, p72[25]
93 №17, p138[26]
90 №6, p86-88[27]
75 №2/42
92 №11, p38/39[28]
86 №10, p27[29]
94 №16, p10/11
80 №23, p58
90 №5, p20[30]
92 №4, p52-54[19]
90 №20, p70
Sega Master System
87
Based on
17 reviews

Master System, EU
PacMania SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
PacMania SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
PacmaniaSMSEUManual7L.pdf
Manual
Master System, AU

References

Pac-Man games for Sega systems
Sega Game Gear
Pac-Man (1991) | Ms. Pac-Man (1993) | Pac-Attack (1994)
Sega Master System
Ms. Pac-Man (1991) | Pac-Mania (1991)
Sega Mega Drive
Ms. Pac-Man (1991) | Pac-Mania (1991) | Pac-Attack (1993) | Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures (1994)
Sega Dreamcast
Ms. Pac-Man Maze Madness (2000)