Every year video games get more and more complex. Today’s games make the games in the early years look pretty simple. Take Pac-Man for example. Pac-Man is just a game with random monsters running around and the player tries to avoid them and get dots, right? Wrong. Even though the games in the early days seem simple there is strategy to them. These are some tips to help defeat Pac-Man.
Pac-Man Strategy Tips: The Enemy
Just like in any video game the biggest key to success is to know the enemy. Those ghosts in Pac-Man all look like the same but each has different attributes.
The orange ghost, Clyde, is the slowest and least intelligent of the group. Clyde has a 20% intelligence rating meaning he captures Pac-Man just 20% of the time. The blue ghost, Inky, is the second slowest and second least intelligent and has an intelligence rating of 50%. The pink, ghost, Pinky, is the second fastest and second most intelligent with an intelligence ranking of 70%. The red ghsot, Blinky, is the fastest and most intelligent with an intelligence rating of 90%.
Pac-Man Strategy Tips: Territory
Each of the four ghosts has their own territory. The ghosts will stay in these territories for the most part but they may occasionally chase Pac-Man out of their territory. Pinky’s territory is the top-left, Blinky is the top-right, Clyde is the bottom-left, Inky is the bottom-right. This information can be valuable for two reasons.
A player can plan ahead of time what strategy to use. Are you the type of person that likes to do the hard part first and save the easy for last? If so then clear the two top sections first and the bottom sections last. Are you type of person who would rather do the easy part first to make sure to get something done? Then start at the bottom.
The territories can also be important knowledge because the player knows where to run to when Pac-Man gets in trouble. If Pac-Man is in Pinky’s section and can retreat in either direction then why head towards the toughest ghost, Blinky, to the right when Pac-Man can treat to the easiest ghost, Clyde, to the south.
Pac-Man Strategy Tips: Tunnels
On each side of the screen Pac-Man can exit off the screen and enter on the other side. These are tunnels. When ghosts go through tunnels they slow down. If the ghosts are ever chasing Pac-Man and he’s close to the tunnel, duck in the tunnel. Either Pac-Man will be on the other side of the board or better yet, the ghost will chase you into the tunnel and he will slow down.
Pac-Man Strategy Tips: Lure
One of the best tricks in Pac-Man is to lure one of the ghosts. When a ghost is facing Pac-Man but not chasing him, quickly tap forward towards the ghost then quickly go in the opposite direction. If this move works the ghost will chase after Pac-Man. This move can be used to get ghosts to chase Pac-Man into the tunnel or to get a ghost to chase Pac-Man towards an energizer so the ghost will be close by when Pac-Man is allowed to start eating ghosts.
Pac-Man Strategy Tips: Abandon the Dots
Any time Pac-Man is consuming dots he slows down. In some of the later boards this might make Pac-Man slow enough for the ghosts to catch him. Sometimes when a ghost is chasing Pac-Man the best plan is to abandon the dots and take a path that won’t slow Pac-Man down.