Pattern 3, The Peach Levels (for "Atlantic City Chip" version):
Pattern Execution Time: Approx. 2:18
The third & fourth (Peach) levels begin to test your skills. Character speed
increases and ghost "blue time" is shortened. At the Peach and all higher
levels, it becomes more difficult to nail all four ghosts after eating the energizers.
This results in slight timing variations that cause set patterns to break down.
Watch it on YouTubeŽ!
As with the
Cherry Pattern, Mr. Pac takes advantage of the ghost Run-Thru Bug
and slips right through a "live" Inky 48 seconds into the video. There
are many other apparent close calls that make this pattern a lot of fun to use.
Most of my patterens leave the energizers and their surrounding dots
for the end. That way, you can take your time "herding" the ghosts and not worry
about having a lot of dangerous "dot work" afterwards. Developing the ability
to herd ghosts into tight groups is a key in attaining high scores and becoming
a true Pac Master.
This pattern starts off like the Strawberry Pattern but clears part
of the dots in the upper left quadrant. Mr. Pac gets really close to Inky and
even runs partway through him at the 2nd to last arrow in the figure on the left.
But since the center pixels never cross, he makes it through unscathed to munch on.
Like any good pattern, this one allows you to eat the fruit both times it appears.
Grab yourself a tasty peach, then make a big "T" loop to clear the dots below the
Time to clear the remaining dots at the bottom of the maze. Then head back to
grab the 2nd peach fruit and 500 more points.
This is the part of the pattern where you run through a "live" Inky. He turns
down at the intersection and some may think that's why you didn't die. But if
you watch closely, the centers of the characters pass through each other and the
"Run Through" bug is displayed once again. I use a quick reverse when eating
the two dots that were left at the top of the right alley (double arrows).
From this point on, you'll need to rely on some good "ghost herding" skills to
make sure you eat all four ghosts at each energizer. This will take some practice
but, in time, you'll learn how each ghost behaves, how to use the "hiding places"
and tunnels to maximum advantage.