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Description

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.

Screenshots

Pang ZX Spectrum Emerald Temple - using ladder to get higher
Pang Amiga Antartica - dynamite divide balloons to small parts
Pang TurboGrafx CD Oh no, I wanted that gun so much... :)
Pang ZX Spectrum Title 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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User Reviews

We're forever bursting bubbles Amiga *Katakis* (38165)

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Oct, 1990 96 out of 100 96
Mean Machines Amstrad CPC Dec, 1990 93 out of 100 93
The Video Game Critic TurboGrafx CD Feb 16, 2002 A- 91
Amiga Format Amiga Dec, 1990 87 out of 100 87
Raze Amiga Mar, 1991 83 out of 100 83
ST Action Atari ST Mar, 1993 80 out of 100 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Jan, 1991 9.4 out of 12 78
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Arcade Jan, 1990 78 out of 100 78
Video Games Game Boy Dec, 1993 72 out of 100 72
Amiga Games Amiga Oct, 1992 64 out of 100 64

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

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

Inspiration

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.

Awards

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

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