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R&R Software Ltd
Jon Nixon
Arcade: Maze
Multiple languages (see individual downloads)
ZX Spectrum 16K

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Chris Passey, Matthew Uffindell
Chris Bourne

We get off to a good start here with a nice loading screen (presentation is always a virtue). When the game started I was amazed! it includes a big, full-sized Pacman and set of ghosts - the only problem with this is that they are not as smooth and fast as they could be. The maze itself is a little simple but the general pacfeatures more than make up for this. For instance, you eat the ghosts (after a power pill) just like the real thing and their eyes even return home. The fruit is here too, plus some new ones like pears, all in excellent detail. All in all, this is a very close copy of the original. which I enjoyed. It is a shame that the movement is not just that bit better - but they have got it all into 16K too and included good key and joystick option.

This version is much more true to the original with a large gobbling ball and ghostly looking ghosts. The maze is uncomplicated due to the big playing characters. The graphic characters move by the block, but this by no means spoils the playability of the game. Eating power pills changes all the ghosts to a deep blue and they start flashing when the power starts to wear off - good. Detailed fruit appear at random intervals to give bonus points when eaten. The sound and colour have been well used. The keys can be redefined and are very responsive. This game presents a difficult choice between itself and Ghosts Revenge.