Professor Pac-Man (Arcade) is the Retro Game of the Day for 15 June, 2016

Ah, Pac-Man.  He and his entire family have munched his way through many a maze in the days of his success.  But with the rise of quiz games in the 80s came a new Pac in town.  Enter Professor Pac-Man.

It is, of course, not much of a game, but instead a simple quiz similar to many “how smart are you” quizzes you see online and in magazines.  Questions like “complete this sequence”, “pick the mirror image”, and “study this scene, then answer a question on what you remember” are a few of the types of questions the Professor will ask, accompanied by Pac-Man-styled animations, and, sadly, rough sound effects and music that is more irritating than helpful.  Your goal is to simply choose one of three answers given to you before the timer runs out and answer as many questions as possible before you lose all your “lives”, losing one every time you miss a question.

The game wasn’t a massive hit, nor was it distributed very far and wide, but it was a fixture in my local arcade (a town about 30 minutes away from a large city) and I put more quarters into it than I care to admit.  What can I say, I’m a sucker for games that let you use your brain, even minimally enough to answer inane little quiz questions.

MAME plays this game well, but unfortunately make even worse the already piercing sound effects it made.  You might want to turn your sound down a bit if you try this one.