Competition – August ’15

This month, our competition is open to all of our fans on Facebook. If you give us a like over there, you are in with a chance of winning seven games for the price of zero! If that wasn’t cool enough, the prizes have been sourced by the Humble Bundle, meaning not only are you winning some fun games, you’re winning games that have donated to charity. This months charity is Save The Children, who does wonderful things to help children with education and safety from any harm that may come to them.

This month, our competition is open to all of our fans on Facebook. If you give us a like over there, you are in with a chance of winning seven games for the price of zero! If that wasn’t cool enough, the prizes have been sourced by the Humble Bundle, meaning not only are you winning some fun games, you’re winning games that have donated to charity. This months charity is Save The Children, who does wonderful things to help children with education and safety from any harm that may come to them.

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Secret Word: Snuffleupagus

This months Bundle is the Bandai Namco bundle! Amongst these seven games is the infamously tough Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition! Please note, you will need a Steam account to redeem the prizes!

How to win

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is simply find the hidden message somewhere on this page and let us know what it is, by sending us a private message on Facebook. That’s all you have to do. If you were successful, you’ll get a notification from us within 24 hours, saying you’ve been entered into the prize draw for the seven games.

Humble Bandai Namco Bundle

The competition officially starts at 3pm on Facebook, but as readers of GeekOut South-West, you can begin searching right now! Just remember to not spoil it for the others and send us a Private Message on Facebook, not a public message!

But wait, there’s more!

Currently, there are seven games up for grabs. Over the coming days and weeks, this might increase. If the Humble Bundle include more games in this months Humble Bundle, then you’ll get all the late additions, too.

So what are you waiting for? Look around the page for the hidden word today!

Pac-Man

Here’s a game proposal for you:

Yellow circle eating small white circles and ghosts (When powered up by a bigger white circle that the yellow circle can eat). If not powered up, then the ghosts try to catch the yellow circle and if they catch the yellow circle, it  inverts on itself.

I call this masterpiece of a game, Pac-Not.
I call this masterpiece of a game, Pac-Not.

Oh, it’s been done!?

Sound delightful? A game like Pac-Man truly is in a class of it’s own. Released in Japan in May 1980, Pac-Man still stands strong today. People often to this day seek to get to “the last level” of the game which cannot be completed due to a bug.

The last level. Oh yeah, that’s fair.

Pac-Man is instantly recognisable world wide with one of, if not the, most recognisable video game character ever made. That is a lot of pressure you’ve got there, Namco! Indeed, this is another game with plenty of spin-offs and “clones”. Pac-Man stepped into the scene as an arcade game, when at the time, Space Invaders ruled the arcades. So, how did Pac-Man fare? Rather damn well, becoming one of the highest grossing video games of all time.

Although just an opinion, I feel this is thanks to the simply gender neutral approach the game took. There were criticisms in that he was ‘Pac-Man’, which may have somewhat alienated female gamers, so they made ‘Mrs. Pac-Man’. No harm done, hopefully.

Bows do solve all of the worlds problems.

But what of the gameplay? It’s based in a maze of sorts (A-maze-ing T__T; ), where you control Pac-Man with a joystick, or buttons, depending on the hardware you are using. All you have to do to beat a level is eat all of the small dots and the four corner power-up dots. As well as this, avoid the four ghosts (Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde) unless you are powered up, where you can eat them for a score bonus. Eat all of them before your power-up runs out and you get a large bonus. As well as this, there is food to be eaten, for bonus points! Whew.

For what is such a simple game, Pac-Man possesses some surprisingly fun AI in our ghosts. Each ghost has their own unique personality to catch Pac-Man with. As you advance through levels, the game gets faster, making pattern detection harder for a player.

All in all, if you haven’t played a Pac-Man game before, I would be flabbergasted and frankly disappointed. Go play this retro classic. Now. I will wait here. Chop, chop!