Super Pac-Man is a game in Namco's Pac-Man family, but instead of gobbling up dots, Pac is required to eat fruit and prizes, such as apples, bunches of bananas, doughnuts, hamburgers, fried eggs, ears of corn, sneakers, pieces of cakes, raspberries, limes, cups of coffee, mushrooms, Galaxians, bells, and shamrocks. Most of these items are hidden in passages that have locked doors at either entrance, and in order to unlock the doors, Pac needs to eat the key that is closest to the passage that he wishes to unlock. As usual, ghosts will keep chasing Pac around the maze until he has lost all his lives. However, Pac can enter the warp tunnels at either side of the maze to lose the ghosts quickly.There are two types of power pellets in the maze: green and yellow. Yellow power pellets cause ghosts to turn blue, allowing Pac to eat them for points, whereas green ones cause Pac to enlarge and will also cause the ghosts to become much thinner and wider, allowing him to fly over them. He can also break open the doors without the need of keys. The effects of the pellets, unfortunately, only last for a number of seconds. During the time that he is enlarged, a flashing star will appear besides two boxes that are located in the middle of the maze. The first box will display the current fruit or prize, and the other will display a rotating selection of them. If Pac manages to eat the star when they match there will be a large bonus score.Occasionally, after three or more stages, there will be a bonus stage where Pac automatically gets enlarged. The object of these stages is to eat everything in the maze before the time runs out and, during these stages, there will be no ghosts to pursue him.
The fourth Pac-Man game for PC, Super Pac-Man is the first "true" Pac sequel in the sense that it was the first one to be developed by the game's original creator, NAMCO. This PC conversion was developed and published by Thunder Mountain in Europe.
Super Pac-Man introduces some radical changes that alienate fans and make it feel somehow less familiar and fun. This time Pac-Man cannot merrily gobble up all the dots in sight he has to eat keys to unlock certain parts of the maze. But to compensate for this complication, he can also eat Super Pellets, a kind of power-up that turns him into a huge Super Pac-man. In Super state, he can fly over monsters although strangely not all the edible items. The game is quite disappointing, with only one maze to navigate and a bad game design that makes the first 6 levels too easy and the rest too hard. Die-hard Pac fans would probably play this for the first few levels, then get back to playing earlier Pac-Man games that are more true to the original idea.
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