Monday, 16 July 2012

Flea Market Find: Pac-Man Boardgame

Sunday saw me cycling a few kilometers from our home in Roermond to a braderie and rommelmarkt, which is a sort of flea market where a road in in the suburb is closed so that the residents can set up stalls and sell off their junk. These kinds of second hand markets are very popular in the Netherlands, but are generally a poor source for retro game goodies. However I did leave with an interesting find, an almost complete Pac-Man board game for a bargain €1.

The game was created by MB Games and trademarked 1982, but is also officially licensed by Namco, with their own stamp dated 1980. Interestingly the game was made in the Netherlands and is completely in Dutch, or at least he box and instructions are. This being said, a little internet research has found that the same game was unsurprisingly available in numerous language variants, with more information found on

The game itself is a straight forward children's game where each player takes control of one of four differently coloured Pac-Men, eating up pellets as they move around the board. Players roll two dice, with one dice being the amount of moves their Pac-Man can have, and the other dictating the amount of times a ghosts can move. If you eat someone's Pac-Man with a gost then you get two of their pellets, and if a players Pac-Man eats a power pellet they can teleport their Pac-Man to the position of a ghost, and each play has to give them two pellets. Once all the pellets on the board are gobbled up, the pellets are counted and the player with the most pellets wins.

The Pac-Men themselves have jaws that can open to engulf the pellets as they move over them, which makes the game a little more fun, yet actually scooping the balls into Pac-Man's mouth is more tricky than it looks. Playing as the ghosts is also a clever idea, as it means you can try to eat all the pellets while also trying to eat your friends. All in all though, the game is very simple and takes no more than 10-15 minutes to play.It seems to me that the game was quickly thought up to cash in on 'Pac-Man Fever'.

For a mere one Euro I cannot complain, and it game my girlfriend and I something nice to do while we ate our fresh Sunday baguette and watched Independence Day on the telly.

1 comment:

  1. Awesome score! I remember playing this when I was a kid. I have been looking to find myself a copy, but I would be happy just to find a few of the playing pieces.


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