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Pong, Pac-Man and Space Invaders meet in mega mashup

Roberto Baldwin, @strngwys
April 2, 2015
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We may have reached peak video game nostalgia. Mega-hybrid game Pacapong takes Pong, Pac-Man, and Space Invaders and crams them into a two-player mish-mash extravaganza. Players launch Pac-Man from Pong paddles through his maze hoping that he makes it to the other side without running into a ghost. If a player does launch the gobbling hero into a ghost, the other player gets to serve. Meanwhile, the players are also battling Space Invaders with the same paddles. It sounds confusing, but after few minutes, you'll be wondering when someone will build a mashup of Galaga, Joust, and Dig Dug.

The game was built for a Mini Ludum Dare challenge where developers could build a Pong-inspired game using any engine, language, framework or art a developer desired. In fact, the only real rule was that developers could not build an exact duplicate of the original.

The two player Pacapong supports gamepads for a slightly more authentic arcade feel. More importantly it's available for Windows, OS X and Linux, so you can enjoy a second childhood on whatever computer you happen to have, without burning through your parents' quarters.

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