Pac the Mac 2
is a Mac only version of the original Pac Man arcade game. It includes both Pac Man
and Miss Pac Man versions of the game. This fun game is free to download, easy to
install and supports Mac OS 8.6, 9.x and 10.x including Panther. This review was
conducted both on Mac OS 10.3 (Panther) running on a 600Mhz iBook as well as Mac
OS 9.2, running on a G3 Tower.
Download and Installation
This game is available on the McSebi website at www.mcsebi.com. There are two main versions
for the Mac. "Pac the Man 2, v1.0.4" which supports MacOS 8.6, 9.2 and
10.x. The other version for slower, Classic Macs is "Pac the Man 1, v4.5.1".
The download consists of a 1.6 mb compressed .sit file and there is no installation.
Once downloaded and uncompressed, the game is ready to be played. Pac the Man 2 is
Mac OS X native.
Pac the Man 2 is a copy of one of the best and most loved arcade games, Pac Man.
The game play seems to be very close if not identical to the original Pac Man game.
There are 25 different levels, 3 difficulty settings, 4 crazy ghosts, 2 hungry heroes
and lots of good things to eat! This game allows 1 player or 2 simultaneous players.
Some sample screen shots (from McSebi's download page):
After starting the game, there are several options to choose from, as well a
good selection of preferences. You are able to select a one or two player game as
well as selecting between the original Pac Man or Miss Pac Man versions of the game.
You can also view high scores and select preferences. There are several options grayed
out including trying a certain level and creating levels, but I was unable to get
these to show. This may because there are requirements that need to be met prior
to these options becoming available.
The preferences include three tabs ñ general, controls and audio. The general tab
allow you to clear high scores, allows you to select whether or not the game will
ask you about screen resolution when it starts, asks for level file (standard) and
allows you for difficulty of the game (easy, normal, hard). It was unclear as to
what the level file option did, as selecting this pull-down did not show any additional
options and only served to turn on-off the check box.
The control tab allows you set which keys will be used for each of the two players.
The default is to use the arrow keys for player 1 and the keypad 4,5,6 and 8 keys
for player 2. It seems that these defaults are easy enough to use and provide good
control over the game. There was no reason to change these setting during play.
The audio tab allows you to select the sound and music levels, as well as pick your
choice of 4 different musical options in addition to random. These musical selections
include PacManiac, PacDreamer, Pacland and Looping Back. While these are all fun
to listen to for awhile, turning them off is also a nice option that the game provides.
The sounds of the moving characters and background music appear to be very close
to the original.
The graphics are very well done and include all kinds of transparency effects, great
stereo sound effects and several musical selections by which to play the game. New
bonus levels enable the player to move faster, become invincible and more.
Game play is as you would expect for a clone of the Pac Man arcade game. Everything
seemed to work as in the arcade game. The game essentially consists of moving around
the screen eating as many of the dots as possible and avoiding being eaten by the
ghosts. When you eat one of the flashing dots you become invincible for a short period
of time, as which point you can eat the ghosts as well. Each level has a different
maze to navigate and has the locations of the flashing dots in different places.
During this review, only the first few levels were completed (admittedly due to my
lack of skill!), so there are probably many more interesting versions as the levels
One difference between an arcade version and a computer version is that the arcade
provides custom control knobs designed for the game. On the Mac, for most users,
you have the keyboard, which does not provide the same control or ergonomics.
This is a great game, fun and easy to use, and free. That's always a winning combination.
With the addition of a joystick or mouse control and some understanding of the preferences,
this easily would get a 5 mice rating. In any case, this is a gem of a software title,
and truly belongs on every Mac.
- Easy to download,
easy to install and easy to play
- Excellent quality
- Many different variations
on the maze
- 25 levels of play,
3 difficulty levels
- Musical options and
- Good re-creation
of the original Pac Man arcade game
- A little difficult
to use the keyboard controls, especially when things get moving really fast
- Noticed a slight
delay in starting the game on the G3 tower running 9.2
1/2 out of 5 Mice