Friday 28 October 2022

K.C. Munchkin (Philips Videopac G7000 / Magnavox Odyssey 2 review)

Developer: Ed Averett
Publisher: Philips, Magnavox
Released: 1981

K.C. Munchkin is a maze game that's heavily inspired by Pac-Man (1980, Arcade).

+ A wide range of mazes are available and the innovative part is how you can program your own layouts.

+ The moving dots force you to constantly reassess your strategy across the mazes and help provide extra challenge.

+ Rather than continual movement, your character can stop anywhere on the maze to goad enemies in.

+ Temporarily saves your high score while playing a maze, which acts as a great incentive to keep trying.

- Each game only affords you a single life, so it's tough to improve your skills due to being thrown back to slower levels.

- Offers little gameplay variation over Pac-Man and it's more of a neat curiosity rather than an advancement of the genre.

- Sprite animation and sound effects when you chomp an enemy are peculiar and almost seem like a glitch has occurred.

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