Pacman

A four player variant of Pacman made when I was at Onkel Estrup. The new twist is that each Pacman is controlled by two players, using a dining table as a controller.

A four player variant of Pacman made when I was at Onkel Estrup. The new twist is that each Pacman is controlled by two players, using a dining table as a controller.

My responsibility was design, programming, animation and partake in the concept development.

The game was made so it could be used as a team building exercise at company events. Since you had to be two people controlling one Pacman, you would have to cooperate in order to win the game.

Two sensors in the form of an iPod Touch was mounted to the underside of the tables. The players liftet up the their table from each side. By tilting the table back and forth and from side to side, the players would make their Pacman move up, down and sideways.

Pacman

The game mechanics are pretty simple and not quite the same as in the original Pacman. You eat pellets as usual, and the bonus fruit has been replaced with bonus Ivar Dyrhaug's (Ivar is a Norwegian celebrity known for a music show he hosts on the TV channel NRK. He is also an employee of the client.). Another difference from the original is that the Pacmans were made so that they exploded when they touched eachother. In order to limit the game so that others could have a go at it, we added a timer that would kill both Pacmans after a certain time. In any case the player with the most points would win.

These seemingly odd mechanics resulted in some frustrating and funny reactions. If you would meet the other player while running around eating pellets and Ivar Dyhaugs, you would react in a few different ways. If you had the lead and was the malevolent type, you would most likely chase the other player to try to kill it and thus keeping the lead. You would most likely try to run away if you didn’t have the lead. This game had the same kind of engagement as the king of the hill game, where you would try to secure your own success at the cost of other’s.

Pacman

Technically this was actually quite simple. The iPod Touches were wirelessly connected to an AirPort Express. So was the Mac Mini that hosted the game. An OSC app was running on the iPod’s, transmittng OSC-signals to the Mac Mini. The game, made in Flash, listened to these signals via a socket server. And that’s about it.

This project took me about a month to finish. A lot of the time was spent on testing WiiMotes as input devices -which was a complete waste of time.