Mad Mix is a Pac-Man variant, with a typical bird's eye view for each level and pellets you must eat in order to get to the next stages. Navigate the maze you're trapped in and gobble up food while trying to avoid the ghosts that are chasing you.
As a Pac-Man variant, there are some changes made to distinguish itself. Some levels offer transformative powers. These include being turned into a hippopotamus - which allows you to step on ghosts - and a vacuum cleaner - to clean up pellets corrupted by a wandering enemy. On some levels, you can also briefly turn the protagonist into a spaceship or a tank, where you can shoot ghosts from a fixed vantage point.
As with most arcade titles at the time, there is no true ending; the game loops back to the first level when you finish the last one.
Mad Mix from Spanish developer Topo Soft was released as The Pepsi Challenge in the UK, although there isn't anything related to Pepsi in the game. It's a Pac-Man clone, but there are some, err, 'alternative' power-ups, such as transforming you into a hippopotamus, allowing you to crush ghosts. There are also tiles and barriers which force you to travel in one way only, and runways which turn you into a jet fighter and let you shoot at the ghosts! The graphics are colourful, although the music is terrible. It's a bit easy but I enjoyed it, and I think the game is aimed at younger players anyway. Especially for the game's wonderful creativity... even if it's not so original.
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