Mad Mix (Amstrad CPC)

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Description

Mad Mix is a Pac-Man variant, with a typical bird's eye view for each level and pellets you must eat in order to get to the next stages. Navigate the maze you're trapped in and gobble up food while trying to avoid the ghosts that are chasing you.

As a Pac-Man variant, there are some changes made to distinguish itself. Some levels offer transformative powers. These include being turned into a hippopotamus - which allows you to step on ghosts - and a vacuum cleaner - to clean up pellets corrupted by a wandering enemy. On some levels, you can also briefly turn the protagonist into a spaceship or a tank, where you can shoot ghosts from a fixed vantage point.

As with most arcade titles at the time, there is no true ending; the game loops back to the first level when you finish the last one.

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Mad Mix Amstrad CPC I ate an item that allows me to burn the ghosts.
Mad Mix Amstrad CPC I ate an item that makes me super sized so I bowl over the ghosts but I can't eat dots while this big.
Mad Mix Amstrad CPC Meet the ghosts.
Mad Mix Amstrad CPC A ghost got me.

Alternate Titles

  • "The Pepsi Challenge" -- European title
  • "Mad Mix Game" -- Spanish title
  • "Jugar" -- Informal abandonware/pirate name

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Trivia

Competition

When it was released in the UK, the game was licensed by Pepsi for their The Pepsi Challenge campaign. While it might sound like a gimmick, it actually wasn't: gamers who reached a preset score in the game entered the Pepsi Challenge itself, with prizes promised by Pepsi and US Gold, the game's UK publisher.

Technology

Mad Mix has good performance on a stock 4.77MHz 8088 PC, even though it is performing 2/3rds-full-screen updates.

Information also contributed by Diogo Ribeiro

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