Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by GuruMaster, May 21, 2010.
It's pacman 30th aniversary.
got to admit, it is addicting and fun still. Searches down due to game on homepage... priceless.
Thoughts on estimated loss of productivity as a nation today due to their website? haha I bet it will be in the billions. I already wasted at least 10 minutes of my life...
Haha, that is awesome!
ok, pacman pros, who can beat me? i scored 16750
How I get into the yellow square ?
Very kewl... man, can't believe I'm older than Pac Man. lol
If you advertise on adwords then expect volume to be low today :crazy:
Once again Google shoots itself in the foot by taking money out of their own pocket!
I'll never understand Google and why they do what they do sometimes.
@M.A.D Thanks man, I really appreciate it..
Note to those who can't load the game.
Login to a google account in order to get the pacman game to work. If you are not signed in the game is not displayed on the homepage just a picture.
I can't believe he's older than me, the dude hasn't aged a day!
33,780 my first try & boy does my whole arm hurt. I think im about to sue google serious my arm hurts
Dot eating speed
One important fact to keep in mind is that Pac-Man moves slower when he's eating dots, than when he's moving through a clear alley. So if one of the ghosts is hot on Pac-Man's trail, don't insist on eating dots in order to clear the stage faster. Get to a clear lane that will provide Pac-Man with as much escape time as possible. Continuing to eat dots is a surefire way to get caught by a ghost.
Clear the bottom of the maze first
The lowest row of dots is the most dangerous series of dots to clear. The long stretch of maze with few escape routes is a prime opportunity for the ghosts to gang up on Pac-Man and attack him from both directions. The best time to clear this row out is right at the start of the stage when the ghosts are still leaving the ghost pen. Inky is the second to last ghost to leave the pen, and he immediately heads for the lower right corner. Clyde is the last ghost to leave and he heads directly for the lower left corner. Clear out as much of the bottom row as you safely can, but get out of Inky or Clyde's way if they start getting close.
Another important detail to remember is that Pac-Man can turn corners much faster than the ghosts can, providing another great get-away opportunity. The areas around the sections of the maze that resemble the letter T provide you with a good escape route by zig-zagging through the alleys on either side. But in order to perform this zig-zagging properly, you must push the joystick in anticipation of the next turn ahead of time so that Pac-Man makes the turn as quickly as possible. If you don't instruct Pac-Man to turn as soon as he's permitted, the benefit of taking the corners is lost.
Making use of the tunnel
The tunnel is an excellent way to put some distance between Pac-Man and any ghosts that my be nipping at his heels. The ghosts are forced to travel through the tunnel much more slowly than Pac-Man. However, it's very easy to overlook another ghost slipping into the tunnel from the other end, inadvertently trapping Pac-Man in the middle. So make sure you give a quick glance to the other side before ducking in and escaping your pursuers.
The blind alleys
There are two sections of the maze where Pac-Man is permitted to travel through and the ghosts cannot follow. The two T sections immediately above and below the ghost pen contain alleys that Pac-Man may enter from the bottom, but the ghosts may not (unless they are blue). Therefore, if you are being chased by a ghost, you can duck down one side of the T and up the other side, and the ghosts will have no choice but to abandon their pursuit of Pac-Man. This is a powerful tool that can be used to save your life over and over again.
The safe spot
The left side of the T section beneath the ghost pen can be used as a safe spot where the ghosts are unable to find and catch Pac-Man. There are a few conditions that must be met to make the safe spot work for Pac-Man. The first is that no ghost must "see" Pac-Man enter the safe spot. If they do, they will follow him in there, and spot will not be safe. The other condition is that you must approach the spot from the south (just to the right of where Pac-Man begins each stage). If you meet both conditions, you can leave Pac-Man in that location for as long as you like and move Pac-Man when you are ready to resume play.
One of the best ways to stay alive is to know how your enemy thinks. And believe it or not, all of the ghosts have their own individual "personality" or Artificial Intelligence. That is, they each follow a slightly different set of rules for figuring out which way to turn when moving throughout the maze. If you're in a tight situation, and it looks like you might attacked from both sides by two different ghosts, knowing how each one will react can make the difference between life and death.
Refer to the diagram on the right. In this current situation, the place where each ghost wants to reach is indicated by the colored circles. Blinky obviously wants to go to Pac-Man's position (the red circle). Except, he can't reach him because he's not allowed to go up the blind alley that Pac-Man is in. Pinky wants to go to the pink circle on the bottom of the ghost pen, which is four grid squares ahead of Pac-Man's current direction. Since Pinky can never actually get in there, he'll continue to circle the ghost pen until Pac-Man moves. Inky's logic is a little complicated. The aqua square is the space two grid squares away from Pac-Man's current direction. The place where Inky wants to go is the location that is equidistant from the square in the opposite direction from Blinky's position (marked by the aqua circle). He too will circle around the ghost pen until Pac-Man moves since Blinky will never reach him. Clyde is simple. Clyde wants to go the red circle when he is far away from Pac-Man, and he wants to go to the lower left corner (the orange circle) when he is close. Thus, Pac-Man is safe in his current location.
In addition to their preprogrammed behaviors, the ghost simultaneously enter periods where they must return to their "home corners" for a moment of time. When the ghosts are hot on your trial one moment, and they suddenly reverse direction the next, they are returning to their home corners. For the next few seconds, not only will they not actively chase you, but you can safely follow them wherever they go. Just realize that this home-base behavior only lasts a few seconds before they turn around and start chasing you again. Use this time wisely and clear out parts of the maze that are otherwise too dangerous to clear.
Worry about Blinky and Pinky
When it comes down to it, Blinky and Pinky are the most dangerous of the four ghosts. Blinky tries to attack you by taking the shortest path that he can find to your current position. Pinky, on the other hand, tries to ambush you by moving to the location that you seem to be headed in. Compared to these two, Inky and Clyde just don't have that "killer instinct." Inky won't really pursue you too strongly unless Blinky is around, and Clyde just seems to be in a world of his own. So if you're worried about Pac-Man's survival, stay farther away from Blinky and Pinky, even if it means getting closer to Inky and Clyde. Also, eat Blinky and Pinky first, if you have the opportunity, to keep them out of play longer.
Lure the ghosts
Sometimes it can be useful to get ghosts to come closer to Pac-Man. Perhaps you want them to gather around you just before you eat a power pellet, so that you can maximize your point-earning potential. Or perhaps you want to slow them down by luring them into the tunnel so that you can take advantage of the extra time you gain while the ghosts are struggling to get through the tunnel. One of the best methods to accomplish this is to wiggle your joystick so that Pac-Man moves back and forth. The more ghosts that see you, the more likely they are to head in your direction. However, you must make sure that the ghosts are not in the "home corner" phase of their behavior before attempting to lure them.
Save a few dots for last
Since the ghosts are more likely to clump together and chase Pac-Man later in the stage, it's best to save the power pellets for last. One of the biggest wastes of a scoring opportunity is to eat a power pellet as the last dot in the stage. Even if a blue ghost is right by you, you won't get any chance to eat it for points. If you save a few dots near one of the power pellets, and save that power pellet for last, you can consume it, eat as many ghosts as you can nearby, and quickly finish the stage by consuming the dots you reserved for the end. Remember that the ghosts immediately reverse direction when you eat the power pellet, so make sure they are as close to you as possible before you eat the pellet, so that you don't have to chase them very far in order to earn valuable points.
Fruits appear just below the ghost pen when you've eaten 70 dots, and once more when you've eaten 170 dots. And while collecting a 100 point cherry is an enjoyable aspect of playing in the very first board, it's nothing compared to the 5000 point keys that occur later in the game. Don't risk your life in an effort to collect the lower value fruit if you want to make it to those really valuable bonus items. To the novice, the bonus fruit are merely point opportunities, but to the expert, they are an indication of the very nature of the stage you're in. Once you reach the peaches, the stage fruit usually lets you know something about the blue time of the ghosts for that stage. With the single exception of the grapes, the blue time is always longer throughout the second instance of a fruit than the first.
Blue ghost time
Aside from the fact mentioned above, blue time generally decreases as you reach higher stages. This means the challenge of earning 3000 points for all four ghosts in a single energizer is much easier in the beginning of the game than it is later on. Throughout the game, you must pay special attention when the ghost begin to blink and flash white. This means that the ghosts will only be scared for a couple more seconds before they go back to chasing you. Once you see this, don't continue to chase a ghost if it's still a long way off. You're likely to reach him just in time for him to kill you. Instead, use the remaining time to head for the closest section of the maze that needs to be cleared.
it was easy for you with this background info
The sound is pretty annoying if you ask me...
I pulled the background info after playing it, I think gameplay is slightly different do to the board design but most of the info will apply. All I really knew is that each color acted in a different way, thats what i try to pay attention to when making my moves. that and the more blues you get from a pellet the higher the points are when u eat them.
I must admit I thought this shit was extremely ugly but after realizing it was a game I liked what they did
lol, i was just joking
don't take it personal
and what's the problem with the sound, J0kerz? it's the original
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