What a wonderful month, MAME finally adds my favorite of the Pacman series, Pacmania and I get the marquee too (and at a great price)! So I can enjoy the game and my marquee! Is this a great country or what?

Anyone who hasn't played this gem (and there are probably quite a few as the game wasn't ported to any of the classics systems and is a very rare game for the Nintendo and Genesis), needs to grab a joystick and have some fun! The gameplay is classic Pacman, with a few differences. The first and most noticeable is that this one is in 3D! Pacman, the ghosts and the maze all have substance to them and look gorgeous! The artwork is very nice and very eye pleasing. 

The second difference is that the mazes are not only different, but different themed. They really look different, with the first one resembling legos or something.  The biggest difference in this game is the addition of a new feature for Pacman. No more just moving and chomping (though he still does both). Now he has been given the power of jump! How a creature with no legs can jump is beyond me, but he can really jump! Which is good as there are now five ghosts to contend with and they will give you fits. One word of caution, do not rely too much on the jump as it will be your downfall. Try to only use it as a last resort and you will be a better player.

Another nice feature is the different things to eat. You have the usual food items for points, but there is other stuff. There is a energizer that appears in the middle. If you see this, grab it as it will send your score soaring! Not only does it work as an energizer (but a short one, so watch out), but it also boosts what the ghosts are worth when you eat another energizer. The first ghost will now be worth 400, the second 1600 and everyone after that is worth 7400. This can add up to some serious high scores! And this bonus is good on every energizer you eat until you die, when it returns to normal.

The mazes are also different as they are more than one screen big. So you cannot always see what is coming until it is almost too late, so keep those eyes open. There are also the intermissions, which as you would guess are very nice to look at. They will keep you going, trying to see another one.

With this release, MAME has finally added all of the Pacman games and in my opinion, the best one!  Now there is no reason not to have Pacman Fever!

This is just a review of the arcade machine.  If you are looking for the actual arcade machine, you may want to check out ebay.  Click below to see if you can find this game.


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