Oct 26, 2007

Pac-Man gets freeware & Zork treatment

Pac-txtYou awaken in a large complex, slightly disoriented. Glowing dots hover mouth level near you in every direction. Off in the distance you hear the faint howling of what you can only imagine must be some sort of ghost or several ghosts.

Almost on par with "you are standing in an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door. There is a small mailbox here", eh? Then again, this is no Zork. It's an alcohol (allegedly) inspired Zork/Pac-Man hybrid, that's properly freeware and can be played right here. The game, aptly named the Pac-Txt, is quite obviously a text/turn-based version of Pac-Man, which plays less than an adventure and more like a pill-popping maze.

So, should you really go grab your graph-paper notebook? Well, absolutely yes, for Pac-Txt, despite supporting only a bare minimum of game commands and being coded almost entirely in a day, is quite a brilliant and at times demanding little online maze game. Besides, glimpsing at a ghost will definitely remind the older among you of the glorious 3D Monster Maze days, without of course the 3D bit, and ...uh... that's quite a feeling. Just don't forget to enable the autolook and autonibble cheats.

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15 comments:

  1. Ok. I usally dont use these letters.. but i must..
    LOL!

    brilliant :)

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  2. (LOLs back)

    Why, thank you very much on behalf of the coders...

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  4. Heh - this reminds me of Adam Cadre's take on the game (http://www.wurb.com/if/game/1159). In it, you play as a desperate junkie who "needs to get well". It's quite funny :)

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  5. Damn, Terry beat me to it. :-/

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  6. Wow, thanks for bringing me close to the magnificent IF arcade Terry & Pacian. Amazing stuff!

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  7. Damn! I thought I was fat as hell; but after looking at Pacman, I realized that I am in great shape.

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  8. Gnome, have you tried Pac-Man VS?

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  9. OK, I know now that I suck at Pac-Txt...

    Huh?
    Huh?
    Huh?
    Doe that mean I beat the game...?

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  10. Pac Man VS? No, don't think so ross...

    Of course Deitrix. Here's you're lovely Pac-Txt beating medal. And a cookie.

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  11. "You are in a forest. A cave lies to the north, What do you do?"

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    "You are in the cave. It is dark in the cave. You are likely to be eaten by a Grue...I mean Ghost. Gru...I mean Ghosts live in dark places.

    What is a Ghost?

    "The Ghost is a sinister, lurking presence in the dark places of the earth (mostly arcades). Its favorite diet is adventurers, but its insatiable appetite is tempered by its fear of light (and power pellets). No grue has ever been seen by the light of day, and few have survived its fearsome jaws to tell the tale. Ledgend has it that they are surprizingly brightly colored."

    "You have been eaten by a ghost."

    GAME OVER


    PLEASE INSERT 25 CENTS

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  12. (stands up and takes notice)

    (applauds)

    Bravo Caleb! You really should give i-f authoring a go you know...

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  13. A brilliant concept... Now I want a Pacman graphic novel...

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  14. (starts attending drawing classes)

    One Pac-Man graphic novel coming up Father!

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