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Pang

Genre
Perspective
Theme
MobyRank MobyScore
Atari ST
...
4.2
Arcade
...
3.0
TurboGrafx CD
...
4.4
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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 Antartica - taking a little rest on some platform
Pang TurboGrafx CD This is somewhere in Australia, if I'm not mistaken. Gonna be tough...
Pang ZX Spectrum Taj Mahal - falling down from short platform
Pang Atari ST Time to move on to the next world

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* (37806)

The Press Says

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Oct, 1990 96 out of 100 96
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1991 93 out of 100 93
Mean Machines Amstrad CPC Dec, 1990 93 out of 100 93
The Video Game Critic TurboGrafx CD Feb 16, 2002 A- 91
The One Amiga Oct, 1990 90 out of 100 90
Commodore Force Commodore 64 Aug, 1993 81 out of 100 81
Mega Fun TurboGrafx CD Apr, 1993 72 out of 100 72
Power Play Commodore 64 Oct, 1991 71 out of 100 71
Megablast TurboGrafx CD 1993 71 out of 100 71
Power Play Atari ST Mar, 1991 69 out of 100 69

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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.
Contributed to by Quapil (4742), Martin Smith (63162), festershinetop (9481), Pseudo_Intellectual (44554), אולג 小奥 (168975) and MAT (72512)