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































Number of players: 1-2
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][4] 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.

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[6]


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
85 [2]
65 [7]
80 [8]
50 №38
90 [9]
82 [10]
64 №5, p93
70 [11]
86 [12]
83 [13]
76 [14]
82 [15]
82 №18, p66
93 [16]
71 [17]
84 [18]
Sega Mega Drive
78
Based on
16 reviews

Mega Drive, US
PacMania MD US Box.jpg
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 [3]
90 [19]
86 [20]
86 [21]
90 [22]
88 [23]
80 №16
88 [24]
93 [25]
90 [26]
75 №42
92 [27]
86 [28]
94 [29]
80 [30]
90 [31]
92 [16]
90 №20, p70
Sega Master System
87
Based on
18 reviews

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

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. GamePro, "June 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 40
  2. 2.0 2.1 ACE, "January 1992" (UK; 1991-12-08), page 91
  3. 3.0 3.1 ACE, "May 1991" (UK; 1991-04-08), page 71
  4. Sega Power, "March 1991" (UK; 1991-02-07), page 11
  5. New Computer Express, "27th July 1991" (UK; 1991-07-25), page 50
  6. File:PacmaniaSMSEUManual7L.pdf, page 4
  7. Consoles +, "Novembre 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 124
  8. Game Power, "Marzo 1992" (IT; 1992-xx-xx), page 60/61 (62)
  9. Hobby Consolas, "Octubre 1992" (ES; 1992-xx-xx), page 134/135 (126)
  10. Joystick, "Janvier 1992" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 120
  11. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 38/39 (38)
  12. Mean Machines, "December 1991" (UK; 1991-11-28), page 62/63 (64)
  13. Player One, "Mars 1992" (FR; 1992-03-10), page 67
  14. Sega Power, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-02), page 48
  15. Sega Pro, "December 1991" (UK; 1991-11-21), page 46 (48)
  16. 16.0 16.1 Sega Force, "April 1992" (UK; 1992-03-19), page 52-54 (52)
  17. Sega Force Mega, "August 1993" (UK; 1993-06-24), page 88
  18. Supersonic, "Mai/Juin 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 11
  19. Consoles +, "xxxx" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 54-56 (54)
  20. Computer & Video Games, "April 1991" (UK; 1991-03-16), page 40/41 (40)
  21. Computer + Video Giochi, "Maggio 1991" (IT; xxxx-xx-xx), page 60/61 (60)
  22. Game Mania, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 81
  23. Game Power, "Gennaio 1992" (IT; 199x-xx-xx), page 40/41 (42)
  24. Hobby Consolas, "Octubre 1991" (ES; 1991-xx-xx), page 72 (64)
  25. Joystick, "Juin 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 138
  26. Mean Machines, "March 1991" (UK; 1991-03-01), page 86-88 (86)
  27. Player One, "Juillet/Août 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 38/39 (38)
  28. Raze, "August 1991" (UK; 1991-06-27), page 27
  29. Sega Power, "March 1991" (UK; 1991-02-07), page 10/11 (10)
  30. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 58
  31. Sega Pro, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-20), page 20


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Pac-Man games for Sega systems
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