Pac-Mania

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Pac-Mania
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System
Publisher:
Sega Mega Drive
Tengen
Sega Master System
TecMagik
Developer:
Distributor:
Sega Mega Drive
Domark (EU)
Original system(s): Namco System I
Developer(s) of original games: Namco
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
Paul Webb
Genre: Arcade[1]

















Number of players:
Sega Mega Drive
1-2
Sega Master System
1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
301018-0150
Sega Mega Drive
EU
301018-0170
Sega Mega Drive
PT
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£49.9949.99[3] 301018-0170
Sega Mega Drive
SE
(Rental)
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Master System
EU
25010-50
Sega Master System
PT
Sega Master System
UK
£29.9929.99[5][6] 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.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

  • Programmed by: Arti Haroutunian
  • Artwork by: Lorin Nelson
  • Sounds by: Paul Webb
Source:
In-game credits

Master System version

  • Converted by: Steve Lamb, Dan Duncalf, Simon Freeman, Jeff Gamon, and Muffy Vashele at TecMagik Inc, Menlo Park, California, U.S.A.
  • August—October 1990
Source:
EU manual[7]


Magazine articles

Main article: Pac-Mania/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: Pac-Mania/Promotional material.

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
50
[8]
ACE (UK)
85
[9]
Consoles + (FR)
65
[10]
Console XS (UK) PAL
82
[11]
Game Power (IT)
80
[12]
Games-X (UK)
50
[13]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
90
[14]
Joystick (FR) NTSC-U
82
[15]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
64
[16]
MegaTech (UK)
70
[17]
Mean Machines (UK)
86
[18]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
86
[19]
Player One (FR)
83
[20]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
76
[21]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
82
[22]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
82
[23]
Supersonic (FR)
84
[24]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
70
[25]
VideoGames & Computer Entertainment (US)
70
[26]
Sega Mega Drive
76
Based on
19 reviews

Pac-Mania

Mega Drive, US
PacMania MD US Box.jpg
Cover
PacMania md us cart.jpg
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, PT

Mega Drive, SE (Rental)
PacMania MD SE rental cover.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, AU

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
ACE (UK)
80
[5]
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
65
[27]
The Complete Guide to Sega (UK) PAL
84
[28]
Console XS (UK) PAL
88
[29]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
86
[30]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
80
[31]
Game Mania (UK)
90
[32]
Game Power (IT)
88
[33]
Games-X (UK)
80
[34]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
88
[35]
Joypad (FR) NTSC-U
79
[36]
Joystick (FR)
93
[37]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
75
[38]
Mean Machines (UK)
90
[39]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
90
[40]
Player One (FR)
92
[41]
Power Play (DE)
66
[42]
Raze (UK) PAL
86
[43]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
94
[44]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
75
[45]
Sega Pro (UK)
90
[46]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
88
[47]
Sega Force (UK)
92
[48]
Video Games (DE)
67
[49]
Zero (UK)
90
[50]
Zzap! (IT)
92
[51]
Sega Master System
84
Based on
26 reviews

Pac-Mania

Master System, EU
PacMania SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
PacMania SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
PacmaniaSMSEUManual7L.pdf
Manual
Master System, PT
PacMania SMS PT cover.jpg
Cover
Master System, BX
PacMania SMS BX Box.jpg
Cover
Master System, AU (Wide hotline sticker)
PacMania SMS AU cover.jpg
Cover
PacMania SMS AU cartback.jpgPacMania SMS AU cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, AU (Short hotline sticker)
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Cover
PacMania SMS AU cartback.jpgPacMania SMS AU cart.jpg
Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 74bba09b
MD5 2256f31ff48f93a5e2f1d03f13c0f024
SHA-1 e21546f653607d95f2747305703ddd6bf118f90a
256kB 1991-06 Cartridge (US/EU)
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 be57a9a5
MD5 946f3e6c2f0f546a8ebe55c8170ecc78
SHA-1 c0a11248bbb556b643accd3c76737be35cbada54
128kB Cartridge (EU)

References

  1. File:PacMania SMS EU Box.jpg
  2. GamePro, "June 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 40
  3. ACE, "January 1992" (UK; 1991-12-08), page 91
  4. New Computer Express, "27th July 1991" (UK; 1991-07-25), page 50
  5. 5.0 5.1 ACE, "May 1991" (UK; 1991-04-08), page 71
  6. Sega Power, "March 1991" (UK; 1991-02-07), page 11
  7. File:PacmaniaSMSEUManual7L.pdf, page 4
  8. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-xx-xx), page 172
  9. ACE, "December 1991" (UK; 1991-11-08), page 91
  10. Consoles +, "Novembre 1992" (FR; 1992-1x-xx), page 124
  11. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 132
  12. Game Power, "Marzo 1992" (IT; 1992-0x-xx), page 62
  13. Games-X, "16th-22nd January 1992" (UK; 1992-01-16), page 23
  14. Hobby Consolas, "Octubre 1992" (ES; 1992-xx-xx), page 134
  15. Joystick, "Janvier 1992" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 120
  16. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 93
  17. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 38
  18. Mean Machines, "December 1991" (UK; 1991-11-28), page 62
  19. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 140
  20. Player One, "Mars 1992" (FR; 1992-03-10), page 67
  21. Sega Power, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-02), page 48
  22. Sega Pro, "December 1991" (UK; 1991-11-21), page 48
  23. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 66
  24. Supersonic, "Mai/Juin 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 11
  25. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-xx-xx), page 133
  26. VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, "November 1991" (US; 1991-1x-xx), page 42
  27. Aktueller Software Markt, "August/September 1991" (DE; 1991-07-26), page 159
  28. The Complete Guide to Sega, "" (UK; 1991-05-xx), page 116
  29. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 143
  30. Computer & Video Games, "April 1991" (UK; 1991-03-16), page 60
  31. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 148
  32. Game Mania, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 81
  33. Game Power, "Gennaio 1992" (IT; 199x-xx-xx), page 42
  34. Games-X, "8th-14th August 1991" (UK; 1991-08-08), page 40
  35. Hobby Consolas, "Octubre 1991" (ES; 1991-xx-xx), page 72
  36. Joypad, "Janvier 1992" (FR; 1991-12-1x), page 88
  37. Joystick, "Juin 1991" (FR; 1991-0x-xx), page 138
  38. Micromanía (segunda época), "Noviembre 1991" (ES; 1991-1x-xx), page 44
  39. Mean Machines, "March 1991" (UK; 1991-03-01), page 54
  40. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 135
  41. Player One, "Juillet/Août 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 38
  42. Power Play, "5/91" (DE; 1991-04-12), page 130
  43. Raze, "August 1991" (UK; 1991-06-27), page 27
  44. Sega Power, "March 1991" (UK; 1991-02-07), page 10
  45. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 58
  46. Sega Pro, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-20), page 20
  47. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 71
  48. Sega Force, "April 1992" (UK; 1992-03-19), page 52
  49. Video Games, "1/91" (DE; 1991-03-27), page 77
  50. Zero, "June 1991" (UK; 1991-0x-xx), page 70
  51. Zzap!, "Giugno 1991" (IT; 1991-xx-xx), page 55


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Pac-Man games for Sega systems
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