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Pacmania question

Postby PP. » Tue Oct 11, 2016 3:51 pm

What is the rank A, B, C, D ?
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Re: Pacmania question

Postby mahlemiut » Tue Oct 11, 2016 5:57 pm

In Namco games, the Rank option is Difficulty. Not sure if Rank A is harder or easier though, so best to stick with the default.
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Re: Pacmania question

Postby PP. » Tue Oct 11, 2016 6:51 pm

In Pacmania the first player has changed rank from B to C.
If C means easier, then you 'll delete it?
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Re: Pacmania question

Postby mahlemiut » Tue Oct 11, 2016 9:49 pm

I think it might be harder difficulty, but I'm sure there are Namco experts here that know for sure.
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Re: Pacmania question

Postby Mr. Kelly R. Flewin » Sun Oct 16, 2016 12:53 pm

mahlemiut wrote:I think it might be harder difficulty, but I'm sure there are Namco experts here that know for sure.


Well... a quick Google search for Pac-Mania manual, resolves this nicely.

Rank A - Easy
Rank B - Standard
Rank C - Hard
Rank D - Very Hard

according to the manual, Rank C is the Manufacturers recommended setting. But then again, when the games load, it's shown as a default of Rank B.

So at least in this case, we can assume either the manual is a later revision, or it was merely suggestion to operators and shipped out as Rank B by default [which is usually the case since it's Standard difficulty, and manufacturers tend to suggest higher to bring more money in]
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Re: Pacmania question

Postby mahlemiut » Sun Oct 16, 2016 4:20 pm

Do note that the game controls what the default is, there are no DIP switches for game settings.
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Re: Pacmania question

Postby PP. » Sun Oct 16, 2016 6:54 pm

Mr. Kelly R. Flewin wrote:
Well... a quick Google search for Pac-Mania manual, resolves this nicely.

Rank A - Easy
Rank B - Standard
Rank C - Hard
Rank D - Very Hard


Thanks for the answer, Mr Kelly.
I made a google search too, but I found nothing. Are you sure that the info you found is for the arcade version?

I wonder why someone would choose to use Rank C.
Exept of course if Rank C helps him to make a bigger score.
So the question is, what exactly is the difference between Rank B and Rank C :?:
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Re: Pacmania question

Postby Novice » Fri Dec 02, 2016 9:22 pm

Pac-man will gradually lose jumping power over time.
at higher rank, losing quicker.
higher rank has higher rank enemies like high jump monster elder common.
higher rank may have many enemies. (it is big advantage for score because enemy attack will score 400-1600-7650-7650-7650....)
higher rank, enemies algorithm changes. more difficult but sometimes it is advantage for higher score.
power food time may changes.

sorry I do not have detail data.

at most of namco game. second easiest rank is default if it has 4 rank.
and forth easiest rank is default if it has 8 rank.
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Re: Pacmania question

Postby francoisadt1 » Thu Mar 30, 2017 4:12 pm

Hi

The correct rank for pac-mania is RANK C.

See detailed information about pac-mania rank and game-play embedded in the following forum threads on the CAG forum site.

Re: The 2012 CAGDC Tourney at the Logan Hardware arcade in Chicago
http://www.classicarcadegaming.com/foru ... l#msg58486

California Extreme 2007 Video Game "High Score" Contest August 11, 2007
http://www.classicarcadegaming.com/foru ... ml#msg1649

Review : Jimmy Linderman's Pacmania 4.2 Million Game from March 2014
http://www.classicarcadegaming.com/foru ... l#msg71074

Pac- Mania Stage Selecting
http://www.classicarcadegaming.com/foru ... l#msg69190

My Pac-Mania Game
http://www.classicarcadegaming.com/foru ... l#msg31543

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Re: Pacmania question

Postby PP. » Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:29 pm

Novice wrote:Pac-man will gradually lose jumping power over time.
at higher rank, losing quicker.


I just noticed these lines. Its important info!
Yes, pacman gradually loses jumping power over time.
This means that player "Super Supreme" changed rank from B to C in order to make his game easier.

So mods, are you going to delete it?
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Re: Pacmania question

Postby BeeJay » Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:25 pm

PP. wrote:
Novice wrote:Pac-man will gradually lose jumping power over time.
at higher rank, losing quicker.


I just noticed these lines. Its important info!
Yes, pacman gradually loses jumping power over time.
This means that player "Super Supreme" changed rank from B to C in order to make his game easier.

So mods, are you going to delete it?

Are you sure that going from Rank B (Standard) to Rank C (Hard), or in other words going to a higher rank, actually makes the game easier?

If so, in what way does making that change make the game easier, for example does losing the jumping power sooner actually help in this game in some way due to jumping power being of negative benefit in this game?

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Re: Pacmania question

Postby PP. » Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:30 pm

BeeJay wrote:Are you sure that going from Rank B (Standard) to Rank C (Hard), or in other words going to a higher rank, actually makes the game easier?

If so, in what way does making that change make the game easier, for example does losing the jumping power sooner actually help in this game in some way due to jumping power being of negative benefit in this game?


A is higher than B, B is higher than C etc.
This means that Rank C is easier than Rank B.
If rank C makes pacman lose jumping ability later as Novice said, this means a much easier game.
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Re: Pacmania question

Postby BeeJay » Wed Apr 05, 2017 2:21 am

PP. wrote:A is higher than B, B is higher than C etc.
This means that Rank C is easier than Rank B.
If rank C makes pacman lose jumping ability later as Novice said, this means a much easier game.


[*] A may come alphabetically before B, B before C, et al.

[*] A may appear above B in the settings.

But neither of those statements, while true, mean the C is an easier setting than the default B setting. Most of the Namco games I've played are A = Easiest and D = Hardest, at least on those games with 4 difficulty settings, and I'm assuming that they wouldn't suddenly change the way their difficulty settings have normally worked. Further to this, the following scan from the manuals for the arcade version of Pacmania confirm that they did indeed stick with their usual difficulty settings:

Pac-mania manual scan - settings.png
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Re: Pacmania question

Postby PP. » Wed Apr 05, 2017 8:02 pm

Let's come to the point,

as time passes in a stage, you lose your jumping ability(jump goes smaller).

If Rank C means that you lose this ability later than in Rank B, then Rank C is easier.


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Is this manual from the arcade version? Don't forget that we're talking only for mame.
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Re: Pacmania question

Postby mahlemiut » Wed Apr 05, 2017 10:20 pm

PP. wrote:Is this manual from the arcade version? Don't forget that we're talking only for mame.

I'm pretty sure a home version wouldn't have a "cabinet type" option...
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