Saturday, May 22, 2010


This weekend marks the 30th anniversary of the Pac-Man arcade game, that classic hungry yellow circle eating dots, various other objects, and chasing ghosts whenever digesting a power pellet.
Google is celebrating the anniversary with an interactive (PLAYABLE!) logo this weekend, and the Puzzle Corner joins the festivities by presenting this video game quiz.

01. What are the names of Pac-Man's enemies?
02. When Ms. Pac-Man came out in 1981, she faced her husband's enemies, but one was replaced by an alternate. Who?
03. Once again, when the next sequel, Junior Pac-Man (the son of the first two) came out in 1983, the three enemies common to the first two games were joined by an alternate. Which one this time?
04. Believe it or not, the concept of video games was experimented with as far back as the late 1940s! But what was the first true arcade (coin operated) game?
05. Mario has become the Nintendo icon. What was his first appearance ever?
06. When did Mario's brother Luigi first appear?
07. The original video/arcade games were all black and white. What was the first arcade game in color?
08. What was the first home video game in color?
09. What video game features players riding on either an ostrich or a stork?
10. What was the big surprise at the end of 1986's first Metroid video game for the home Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)?
11. What was the company we know today as Nintendo first manufacturing before they got into the video/arcade game business?
12. When did the company we know today as SEGA enter the arcade market?
13. When did SEGA's Sonic the Hedgehog first debut?
14. Who did Sonic replace as SEGA's mascot?

We'll drop a quarter in the coin slot and fire up the results next weekend.
But for now, let's look into THE ANSWERS BOX for the solutions for last weekend's Puzzle Corner.

Long time Free Choice e-zine reader Roger Stegman said the following words had three things in common. Do you know what they are?

{assess, banana, dresser, grammar, potato, revive, uneven}

Besides the fact that they all have at least two double letters and their unique constant/vowel arrangement, if you take the first letter of each and put it at the end, you have that word backwards!

How Green Was My Valley?

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