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Pang is a platform game which consists of 50 levels in total. It can be played with one or two players on the same screen, and the other player can join anytime within the game.

Your goal is to destroy the balloons which bounce around the playfield. To accomplish this, you can shoot hooks which travel upwards, and blow up any balloon they touch. Depending on their size, they either split on two smaller ones, or evaporate if they're at their minimum size. Apart from balloons, some levels also have barriers that have to be destroyed with your hooks, since they often block your access to balloons. There are also some barriers which cannot ever be destroyed. Your character has the ability to climb ladders, but cannot jump.

You can also pick up power-ups such as: the ability to fire two shots at once, the hook that attaches to the ceiling and waits 'til something bumps into it, a gun which has a high rate of fire but cannot destroy barriers. Beside extra weapons, you can also pick certain things like clock (halting time for a small period), dynamite (reducing all balls to minimum size, thus making you able to reach more points), life, and such.


Pang Arcade ...and night
Pang ZX Spectrum Ankor Watt - one touch of balloon and life is lost
Pang ZX Spectrum Athens - double wire shoot two wires at a time
Pang Game Boy When hit you`re knocked off the screen

Alternate Titles

  • "Pomping World" -- Japanese title
  • "Buster Brothers" -- In-game title of Game Boy Buster Bros. release
  • "Buster Bros." -- Alternative title

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Critic Reviews

Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Feb, 1991 94 out of 100 94
Mean Machines Amstrad CPC Dec, 1990 93 out of 100 93
The Video Game Critic TurboGrafx CD Feb 16, 2002 A- 91
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Jan, 1991 88 out of 100 88
Zzap! Amiga Nov, 1990 82 out of 100 82
Amiga Joker Amiga Feb, 1991 80 out of 100 80
Video Games Game Boy Dec, 1993 72 out of 100 72
Mega Fun TurboGrafx CD Apr, 1993 72 out of 100 72
Power Play Commodore 64 Oct, 1991 71 out of 100 71
64'er Commodore 64 Dec, 1991 7 out of 10 70


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1001 Video Games

Pang appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


The game's basic idea of shooting balloons to split them into smaller ones came from a 1983 title (also by Hudson Soft) called Bubble Buster. As far as I know, the game only appeared on the Sinclair Spectrum system, marketed by Sinclair themselves.


  • Amiga Power
    • May 1991 (Issue #00) - #11 in the "All Time Top 100 Amiga Games"

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