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New Vectrex Homebrew - Vec-Man
« on: August 12, 2019, 04:09:57 AM »
Synopsis

    -Minimalistic Pac-Man clone in the style of the original eighties' Vectrex games
    -This project was originally meant as an educational example for the students of this course. It has somehow grown out of hand and has by now evolved into a full Vectrex game.

How To Play

    -Vec-Man lives in a maze and is always hungry. His task is to eat all the food pills that are laid out in the maze in order to advance to the next level.
    -Unfortunately, the mazes are inhabited by hostile ghosts who are also hungry and want to eat Vec-Man. If Vec-Man is caught by a ghost, he looses one of his lives.
    -With higher levels the number of ghosts will increase, and the ghosts will move faster. Also the layout of the mazes will become more and more difficult.
    -Some mazes contain power pills. If Vec-Man eats a power pill, then for a short period of time he will be able to eat the ghosts. A bonus life will be awarded if all present ghosts are eaten.

Trivia

    -The intention of this project is not to recreate the original Pac-Man, but to do a Pac-Man themed clone for the Vectrex that adds slight taste of its own.
    -There are small and large mazes. In each level, the layout is different.
    -Vec-Man can take one of the outer warp exits which cause him to reappear on the  opposite site.
    -The ghosts cannot go through the outer warp exits.
    -In each maze, there are either 2, 3, 4 or 6 ghosts.
    -Each ghost has its unique strategy of chasing Vec-Man.
    -In each maze, there are either 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4 power pills.
    -In higher levels, food pills and power pills start to move and are thus more difficult to be caught.
    -The sequence of levels is always the same. It is created by procedural content generation techniques based on a determistic pseudo random number generator.
    -The game starts easy, but some of the much higher levels might become crazily difficult to virtually impossible...
    -The starting level can be selected as game option. However, the machine's high score will only be updated if game play is started at level 1.
    -A two player modus is available in which the players take turns.
    -The code has not yet been fully optimized for speed and memory consumption.


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