Pineapple Under the Sea is a reference to SpongeBob SquarePants and a mod collective specializing in speedmapping – themed projects that are produced collaboratively and quickly. May 22nd is the anniversary of the release of the original Pac-Man arcade machine, and so this month’s project has become something of an homage to Pac – and it doesn’t feel like the part.
The mod includes custom features to recreate arcade game elements and a dozen Pac Man-themed levels. The mod group describes it as “Not too hard, not too big, not too long. An enjoyable (but not always easy) experience. A group of mappers got together and made totally different maps, exploring what it means to bring Pac-Man to Destiny II.”
As you can see, in some cases what this means is color-coded cacodemons to resemble Inky, Binky, Pinky, and Clyde. In others they are labyrinths of giant pills patrolled by hell soldiers. On even more, there’s the slightly disturbed and absurd awe of seeing a giant pixelated banana hovering above the gathered forces of the underworld.
Due to the amount of custom assets in the mod, Pineapple Under the Sea says they will be keeping an eye out for bug reports in the coming weeks and will update it next month if needed. You will need Doom II and GZDoom to get it up and running.
The Doom mod scene is, some would say, the original and the best. It certainly has variety: recent examples allow you to blast through NFTs; basically playing Alien vs Predator; slice-em-up like Shinobi… hell, someone even made it an RTS. Personally, I’ve found that the most exciting recent project is this beautiful voxel art version of the original.
The most official celebration of Pac Man this year is Bandai Namco’s usual re-release of a bundle of older games. This one is quite unusual as, due to a long rights dispute, it appears that the publisher is trying to get Ms. Scene original Pac Man.