Monday, February 19, 2007

Fact 16

Factosis Level - Strong

Although technically Pac-man can be played forever, as the levels continue to be generated, the 256th board is considered 'the final level'. Due to a glitch in the game, the board appears split, half normal, with the other half a garbled mess of text and letters.

Although it has been claimed that someone with enough knowledge of the game could navigate the maze and complete the level, it is considered impossible to complete without cheating.

Rumours persist however, of an American boy, Jeffrey R Yee, who reportedly scored 6,131,940 points, a score only possible if the player has passed the Split-Screen Level. An acheivement which supposedly gained him a letter of congratulation from President Ronald Reagan.

In September 1983, Chief Scorekeeper at the Twin Galaxies Intergalactic Scoreboard, took Pac-man on a tour of the East Coast to visit video game players who claimed they could get through the "Split-Screen." but all attempts failed. Later, in 1999, Billy Mitchell, expert player of arcade games, offered $100,000 to anyone who could provably pass through the Split-Screen Level before January 1, 2000, there were no takers.