Super Pac-Man

EASTER EGG: According to programmer Landon Dyer, an Easter egg is known to exist in the latest version, as well as the 3-15-84 prototype. To trigger it, reset the game after completing a stage (while the screen is flashing yellow) and the message "4 A GOOD TIME JSR 91BD" will scroll across the bottom of the screen (picture #2 and video).  "JSR" is a programming instruction that means Jump to SubRoutine, and is the computer assembly language equivalent of "CALL", and "91BD" refers to a memory location.  According to Dyer, “91BD was supposed to do something more interesting (I dunno, maybe a shower of pacmen or ghosts or something), but I didn’t finish it up.” For more information about this, check out Don's site.  {Don Hodges}

3 prototype versions exist. The earliest, dated 1-26-84, has a bug that may cause some doors to remain locked (key doesn’t work). A later version, dated 3-15-84, corrects the key/door bug, but doesn’t have scrolling text on the title screen (picture #1) or the Easter egg that the latest version has (picture #2). Also, the bonus star’s appearance is based on a timer in the earlier versions; in the latest version it’s based on how much of the playfield you clear, as it is with the arcade version.

The program will automatically detect what system it’s running on (400/800 or 5200) and configure itself for that system.




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