Pac-Mania (NES)

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Pac-Mania
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Platform: NES
Year: 1990
Developer: Westwood Associates
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Pac-Mania is an isometric maze arcade game that was developed and released by Namco in 1987. In the game, the player controls Pac-Man as he must eat all of the dots while avoiding the colored ghosts that chase him in the maze. Eating large flashing "Power Pellets" will allow Pac-Man to eat the ghosts for bonus points, which lasts for a short period of time. A new feature to this game allows Pac-Man to jump over the ghosts to evade capture. It is the ninth title in the Pac-Man video game series and was the last one developed for arcades up until the release of Pac-Man Arrangement in 1996. Development was directed by Pac-Man creator Toru Iwatani. It was licensed to Atari Games for release in North America.

Pac-Mania gained a highly-positive critical reception for its uniqueness and gameplay. It was nominated for "Best Coin-Op Conversion of the Year" at the Golden Joystick Awards in 1987, although it lost to Taito's Operation Wolf. The game sold 1,412 arcade cabinets in North America by the end of 1987, grossing around $2.82 million ($6.22 million adjusted for inflation). Pac-Mania was ported to several home consoles and computers, including the Atari ST, MSX2, Sega Genesis and Nintendo Entertainment System, the last of which being published by Tengen. Several Pac-Man and Namco video game collections also included the game. Ports for the Wii Virtual Console, iOS and mobile phones were also produced.

The unlicensed NES version was developed by Westwood Associates for Tengen. It was only done by only three people, which are programmer Marco Herrera, graphics by Joseph B. Hewitt IV and music/sound by Paul Mudra.

Screenshots

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The title screen.


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Music

For 1990, Paul Mudra of Eye of the Beholder fame did a good job composing this simple 8-bit rendition of the soundtrack. He wrote the music in Deluxe Music Construction Set for Amiga, which was converted to his sound driver.

Recording

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# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
01 Title Screen / Pac-Man Theater Junko Ozawa, Yuriko Keino, Yoshito TomuroPaul Mudra 3:00
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02 Game Start Toshio KaiPaul Mudra 0:05
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03 Block Town Junko Ozawa, Yuriko Keino, Yoshito TomuroPaul Mudra 3:00
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04 Pac-Man Park Junko Ozawa, Yuriko Keino, Yoshito TomuroPaul Mudra 3:00
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05 Funky's at Play Junko Ozawa, Yuriko Keino, Yoshito TomuroPaul Mudra 0:09
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06 Sandbox Land Junko Ozawa, Yuriko Keino, Yoshito TomuroPaul Mudra 3:00
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07 Jungle Steps Junko Ozawa, Yuriko Keino, Yoshito TomuroPaul Mudra 3:00
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08 Game Over Junko Ozawa, Yuriko Keino, Yoshito TomuroPaul Mudra 0:04
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09 Ending / High Scores Junko Ozawa, Yuriko Keino, Yoshito TomuroPaul Mudra 0:33
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Credits

(Sources: ARC, NES)

Game Rip

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Format

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Ripping NES music is an arduous process that is beyond the scope of this site.

Audio Devices

The game outputs to the RP2A03 of the NES. The DPCM channel was never used. This game used Paul Mudra's NES sound driver.

Releases

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Pac-Mania - NES.jpg
Title: Pac-Mania
Platform: NES
Released: 1990-12-??
Publisher: Tengen

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