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Paclone was a type-in listing I wrote that was published in Amstrad Computer User (ACU) January 1992. Below you can play the game, and see the original listing as it appeared in the magazine. Click the game window to activate it (including sound), and then use the cursor keys to play.

About the Paclone type-in from ACU

This game is a simple Pac-Man clone, written for Amstrad Computer User magazine. That's probably overselling it: at a glance, it looks like a classic muncher clone, but the enemy movement is different, there are no power-ups, and the controls are a bit sluggish. Working within the limitations of BASIC and the type-in format, it's okay, but this listing has not aged as well as some of my other Amstrad listings.

The enemies in this home in on you, so the game is more about cornering them behind walls than outrunning them. One of them can jump over walls, which makes them potentially deadly. I have completed the game to get to the next level, but it's pretty hard. If I were designing it today, I'd make sure there were no dead-ends where you can get trapped. I'd also try to speed it up. And take out the crazy music.

The keys in this are a bit sticky. It's frustrating when your character stumbles headlong into a baddie instead of turning the corner as you mash the keys. This is a bigger problem with this emulator running in the browser than it is with an offline emulator such as Winape.

One fun feature in this game is that it includes speech if you have a DK Tronics Speech Synthesiser connected.

I've made a few modifications to this version of the game compared to the original listing, mainly to the keys used to control the game and to the presentation with a new title screen.

Paclone includes a stereo sound effect called Transound and the sprites were created using my Amstrad CPC Sprite Designer.

Download my disc of Amstrad games and utilities to use in your favourite emulator here.

The Paclone listing from ACU

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