Super Pac-Man

EASTER EGG: According to programmer Landon Dyer, an Easter egg is known to exist in the latest version. 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}

HIDDEN MESSAGE: Using the Atari 800 Win emulator, set it to 5200 mode and load the Atari 8-bit 400/800 cart version instead.  You get a "beware pirates" message on the title screen (picture #3), and then the game crashes.  It seems somebody replaced spare $FF bytes at the end of the prototype version with a string of "bewarepirates" text. {Scott Stilphen}

2 prototype versions are known to exist.  The earlier one, dated 6-14-84 (picture #1), doesn’t have scrolling text on the title screen or the Easter egg – both of which are in the later version (picture #2).  Also, bonus star’s appearance is based on a timer in the earlier version; in the later 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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