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    Pac-Man FAQ
    Copyright Namco and Tengen 1984, 1990
    Written By Brian P. Sulpher
    E-mail: briansulpher@hotmail.com
    Version 1.6
    Dates Written: December 29th, 2003 to January 2nd, 2004
    Dedicated to my NES brethren as well as the fans of Pac-Man.  I may not have
    the super hot strategies that get you through each area flawlessly, but I do
    offer solid strategies, useful info on other parts, and some generally fun
    commentary.  I will accept any superb strategies that you experts may offer,
    so send them in if you wish to share your knowledge.
    Also, for Cougar, Howler, Koonce, and Gracey.  I miss you, and I hope you 
    are living it up in the afterlife as you did in this world.  You will always
    be in my memories, and you will never be forgotten.
    Version 1.0
    -Submitted FAQ on January 2nd, 2004
    Version 1.5
    -Submitted FAQ on March 6th, 2004
    -The Fruit section was expanded (thanks to nate kapel)
    -Corrected an eror in the Ghost section (thanks to nate kapel)
    Version 1.6
    -Submitted guide on 16th of October, 2005
    -I added in Retronintendo and Honestgamers as sites allowed to use my FAQs
    -Altered the format to make it easier on the eyes of the reader
    -----------------------------Table Of Contents------------------------------
    1) Introduction
    2) Controls
    3) Characters/Objects
    4) Fruit
    5) Points
    6) Strategies
    7) Final Word
    1) Pac-Man is a video game ICON that has passed through a few generations of
       video game players to remain well known and rather popular.  Here is the
       NES version of the game, offering a rather faithful rendition of this 
       classic, reaching another audience of people that may have never 
       experienced the simplistic joy that Pac-Man brings.  So, get your 
       reflexes ready, grab some Power Pellets, and go terrorize some Ghosts as
       you lead Pac-Man through the endless mazes to amass a massive total of
       points!  If you show enough skill and wit, you may even be able to get 
       far enough into the game to reach the vaunted and fabled "kill screen",
       located in level 255!
    2) This section will look at the controls for Pac-Man.
    UP......: Moves Pac-Man upwards.
    DOWN....: Moves Pac-Man downwards.
    LEFT....: Moves Pac-Man to the left.
    RIGHT...: Moves Pac-Man to the right.
    SELECT..: Moves cursor between One Player and Two Player on the start 
    START...: Confirms start screen selection.  Also pauses/unpauses the game.
    B Button: No apparent use.
    A Button: No apparent use.
    3) This section will give a quick look at the Characters and Objects that
       inhabit the mazelike world of Pac-Man.
                                  | Characters |
    Pac-Man: The hero of the game, Pac-Man is yellow and circular.  He tries to
             navigate the mazes the Ghosts inhabits to try and eat all of the
             Pellets without getting attacked.  Originally intended to be named
             Puck-Man, that was changed due to the children of the day possibly
             calling him another name, one that rhymes with Puck-Man, but the 
             "P" would have been substituted for an "F" (use your imagination).
    Blinky.: A Red Ghost, he is the first Ghost to leave the small Ghost 
             compartment at the start of a level.
    Pinky..: A Pink Ghost, he is the second Ghost to leave the small Ghost 
             compartment at the start of a level.
    Inky...: A Blue Ghost, he is the third Ghost to leave the small Ghost 
             compartment at the start of a level.
    Clyde..: An Orange Ghost, he is the last Ghost to leave the small Ghost 
             compartment at the start of a level.
                                   | Objects |
    Pellets......: These are the small Pellets that dominate the maze.  They are
                   what Pac-Man needs to eat up (along with the Power Pellets),
                   to clear the level.
    Power Pellets: These are the large Pellets that are found in the four 
                   corners of the maze.  They are what Pac-Man needs to eat up 
                   (along with the Power Pellets), to clear the level.  However,
                   they also carry the bonus of making the Ghosts vulnerable to
                   Pac-Man, so he can eat them to temporarily remove them from 
                   the maze (their eyes return to the Ghost Compartment to 
                   reform).  The Pellets last for less time as Pac-Man advances
                   further into the game.
    4) This section will take a look at how Fruit appears, after how many levels
       a specific Fruit will appear, and strategies for getting the fruit 
       without having the Ghosts harassing Pac-Man.
                              | Appearance Of Fruit |
    Fruit appears based on how many pellets (both Pellets and Power Pellets)
    Pac-Man has consumed in a maze.  The first Fruit appears after the 57th 
    pellet is ingested by Pac-Man, the second appears after the 137th pellet is
    gobbled by Pac-Man.
    However, these rules can be modified somewhat.  If Pac-Man grabs his 57th
    pellet and then dies while the Fruit is on screen, that Fruit is lost 
    forever.  Say Pac-Man dies at the 55th pellet (as an example number), he can
    then grab two pellets the next turn to make the Fruit appear as normal.  
    Keep this in mind if you count your pellets as you go, and you are likely to
    be caught by the Ghosts (if you get too many before dying, your Fruit will
    be lost).
                              | Fruit & Levels |
    Cherry ....: Level One
    Strawberry.: Level Two
    Peach......: Level Three & Level Four
    Apple......: Level Five & Level Six
    Kiwi.......: Level Seven & Level Eight
    Orange Leaf: Level Nine & Level Ten
    Bell.......: Level Eleven & Level Twelve
    Key........: Level Thirteen Onwards
                             | Fruit Grabbing |
      i) The more common method for this is to try and draw the Ghosts into
         following Pac-Man as he is about to trigger the Fruit appearance, as 
         opposed to them coming towards him.  If done correctly, all of the 
         Ghosts will be out of position to guard the Fruit, allowing an easy 
         time for Pac-Man to grab the Fruit below the Ghost Compartment.
     ii) Grab a Power Pellet just as the Fruit will be triggered.  Although some
         would argue eating Ghosts is worth more points, a skilled player can 
         perform the Ghost hunting first, then grab the Fruit as the Power 
         Pellet wears off, thus maximizing the point intake.
    iii) Try to make the trigger Pellet close to the Fruit spot underneath the
         Ghost Compartment.  This carries the plus of an easy Fruit grab (well 
         within the Fruit's timeline), but it carri4es the minus of the Ghosts
         being concentrated in the same area.
    5) This section will list all of the points that can be gained throughout 
       the game.
    Apple.......:  700
    Cherry......:  100
    Kiwi........: 1000
    Orange Leaf.: 2000
    Peach.......:  500
    Pellet......:   10
    Power Pellet:   50
    Strawberry..:  300
                                  | Ghost Eating |
    Ghost eating can only occur when Pac-Man has collected a Power Pellet.  This
    will cause the Ghosts to change colour to a bluish purple for a limited time
    (this time becomes less and less as the levels advance), indicating they can
    be snacked upon.  When the Power Pellet starts to wear off, the Ghosts will
    flash briefly before returning to their usual state.  During the time they
    are vulnerable, they run away from Pac-Man instead of chasing him.
    With each Ghost you eat on a single Power Pellet, the points reward becomes
    greater and greater.  The following is how the points break down for the
    number of snacked-upon Ghosts in a single Power Pellet:
                                  ~~~ One Ghost ~~~
                                      200 points
                                  ~~~ Two Ghosts ~~~
                                200 + 400 = 600 points
                                 ~~~ Three Ghosts ~~~
                            200 + 400 + 800 = 1400 points
                                  ~~~ All Ghosts ~~~
                        200 + 400 + 800 + 1600 = 3000 points
    This means that it is possible to get a maximum of 12000 points per maze
    (4 Power Pellets and 3000 points for eating all Ghosts with each one).  This
    is how to score truly astronomical amounts of points in a short amount of 
    time.  However, this also requires some careful planning and Ghost 
    manipulation to set up these kills for large scores.  Also note that as 
    levels advance, the time to hit the ghosts becomes less, and even no time if
    you get far enough.
    6) This section will look at some strategies to use to get the pellets while
       avoiding and making those wily Ghosts pay.
    a) Use the tunnels to your advantage.  The Ghosts are far slower in the
       tunnels than Pac-Man, so they make an excellent spot to lose them if they
       are in hot pursuit.  However, be wary of entering the tunnels if another
       Ghost is on the far side of the maze, for they may enter from the other
       side and trap Pac-Man!
    b) Eat in an organized, planned path.  If you just send Pac-Man all over the
       maze, you will likely end up being forced to leave stray pellets lying 
       all around the maze.  This can make it very tough near the end of the 
       level to get all of the Pellets with the Ghosts running wild and you are
       not likely to have any Power Pellets on hand to help.
    c) Power Pellets are useful tools, but do not use them too quickly.  If your
       goal in each maze is to eat a bunch of Ghosts, you may use your Power
       Pellets too quickly, leaving a lot of Pellets to collect with continual
       Ghost harassment.  Try to eat a bunch of pellets before all four Ghosts
       get into the maze, and try to leave Power Pellets as long as possible in
       their own quarter of the maze, possibly grabbing them last to chomp some
       Ghosts as you move into another, Pellet infested part of the maze.
    d) After eating a Ghost, be careful around the Ghost Compartment.  Even if
       your Power Pellet is still going strong, any Ghost being reincarnated in
       the Ghost Compartment usually pops out immediately and is no longer
       vulnerable to your ravenous Pac-Man.
    ---------------------------------Final Word---------------------------------
    7) As is the usual, this walkthrough is copyright property of Brian P. 
       Sulpher, 2004.  The only website, group, person, etc. to have access to
       post it is www.gamefaqs.com, www.ign.com, www.retronintendo.com, and 
       www.honestgamers.com.  You must ask for permission before posting this, 
       as doing so without consent is a violation of international copyright 
       If you liked it, hated it, have anything to add, then please E-mail me at
       briansulpher@hotmail.com.  You can also contact me through MSN messenger
       through the same E-mail address.
       A truly fun game, it has a little more depth than many realize.  Play it
       loud and play it proud people, as "Puck-Man" is a classic among classics
       in video gaming history!

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