This is not Pacman. No. It looks like Pacman, it sounds like Pacman. But it’s called Not Pacman for a reason: it’s not Pacman.
How does it play?
Like Pacman. A bit.
The gimmick here is that you no longer control our yellow wide-mouthed pellet-munching pal. Instead, you control the orientation of the blue-bordered world he and his ghostly enemies inhabit. Twist the world, and they fall through it.
Remember that bit in Inception where the guys are fighting it out in a hotel corridor where gravity’s gone bananas? A bit like that. A bit.
Here’s a video that will make it all crystal clear for you:
For all of you who, like me, grew up with Pacman and are thinking: “Great! I was pretty good at playing Pacman! This will be easy!” I have a warning: think again.
It looks like old Pacman but it’s an entirely different game. The ghosts no longer decide where to go, they fall in the same general direction as Pacman does. Sometimes you can keep them trapped in a corner while you clean up another section of the level, then suddenly you overlook a gap in the wall and tumble down into their welcoming arms.
It’s the Pacman you once knew and loved, but it’s also a totally different Pacman you can meet and fall in love with all over again. By way of an extra bonus, there are a multitude of control options to try. I had best results with good old keyboard controls, but if you’re swift on a mousepad that might suit you better.
Not Pacman is a free download for OS X (and Windows and Linux if you’re that way inclined) from Stab Yourself. Enjoy.
- Source Stab Yourself
- Via Someone on Twitter, sorry can’t remember who