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Mad Mix

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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.

Screenshots

Mad Mix ZX Spectrum Chase enemies
Mad Mix Atari ST Turning each red dot yellow
Mad Mix Amstrad CPC Loading screen
Mad Mix Commodore 64 Title and credits

Alternate Titles

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

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The Press Says

Génération 4 Atari ST Dec, 1988 75 out of 100 75
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Dec, 1988 524 out of 1000 52
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Feb, 1989 496 out of 1000 50
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Feb, 1989 478 out of 1000 48
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Jan, 1989 44 out of 100 44
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 43 out of 100 43
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Jan, 1989 39 out of 100 39
The Games Machine (UK) Amstrad CPC Jan, 1989 37 out of 100 37

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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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Contributed to by Kohler 86 (7280), Tomer Gabel (4370), koffiepad (10010) and Indra is here (19792)