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Pac-Mania in Brazil Indiana?

At first glance, I thought that there was an original Pac-Mania for sale on Craigslist really close to me here in Indianapolis. If I wanted, for just $200 and an hour drive to Brazil I could pick this game up. But the listing made me look twice and laugh a little at the sellers naivety.

Good old Pac-Mania by Atari 🙂

LOL. That is what the ad says, Pac-Mania made by Atari 1987;

Pac Mania, Full sized arcade game. 1987 Atari. Works except the color on the 3-D objects are blue all the time. Repair shop told me it can be fixed.

For $200 an original Pac-Mania would be a good deal, especially in this area of Indiana. Without the text in the ad and the main photo of the cabinet you might not be able to tell that this was anything other than a Pac-Mania painted over in black.

Pac-Mania Comparison Mosaic

Atari Roadblasters Game But, I did a little searching, and the best guess I have if this is truly an Atari cabinet is that this game was at one time a RoadBlasters (Fun game, photo on the right). Check out the coin doors. It is hard to tell from photos on Klov though, both the original Pac-Mania and Roadblasters have this over under coin door, and I can’t see if the left panel is removable. The marquee puzzles me most, and makes me think that something else is going on because the space for the RoadBlasters marquee would fit a Pac-Mania one.

Either way, from what I know when a monitor loses a color it could be completely toast, at the very least it will need some work. Pac-Mania as a game is really of most interest to collectors who love Pac-man, and they’ll want an original with sideart if possible. I personally don’t want a Pac-Mania, the gameplay is basically Pac-man in 3D, with a few more ghosts and different power ups. But considering this is a conversion with a monitor issue, the guy might be better to drop his price to $125 and see if he gets any bites, especially in this economy. The fact that he reposted it again today tells me he didn’t have much initial interest.

Pac-Mania thoughts? Atari experts?

Help me out. Is this a Road Blasters or not? I can’t see the drive peddle in the provided photo…

Update
I knew someone would point out something obvious. Pac-Mania was made by Namco, and licensed by Atari in 1987. It’s the same angular cabinet that Galaga88 and Dragon Spirit uses, you can check out the Pac-mania flyer at Arcadeflyers.com which has Atari plastered all over it.

So, $200 for a real Pac-Mania with painted over sideart. Doesn’t matter if the artwork is still underneath or not really…it still won’t look nice if you get the paint off (even if it’s latex). But knowing that it is original makes it a little more valuable and possibly worth paying the asking price. I’m starting to doubt that the owner picked it up at the USAmusements auctions.

Update Sept. 6th, 2008
Heard back from the sellers. They have owned the Pac-Mania since May of 2006 and bought it at a yard sale. Originally it was at the American Legion or the VFW before it was sold. The arcade game is still for sale, they’re looking for offers now.

Update Sept. 9th, 2008
Sounds like the Pac-mania is staying local, at least for the time being. Aaron here in Indianapolis picked up the Atari machine, here is the Pac-mania topic on the Klov forums.

Since the cabinet is wired for JAMMA it can be a versatile addition to a gameroom. If Aaron is a fan of Pac-man games he can keep it for the artwork and switch other popular JAMMA boards in and out. This would allow him to keep the game for a little while to see if an eventual resurgence in the economy would bring arcade values back up or not.

But my guess is that he got the game for $100, maybe less based on the emails I got back from the seller. I saw a second posting for this game on Craigslist, I thought it was a reposting at $200 but the seller ended up posting the Pac-Mania again for $100 so that is what Aaron paid. Sounds like the game is heading out to Colorado. Interesting to see how such large arcade games can easily traverses the United States.

Here is Aaron’s VAPS profile list of the arcade games he owns here in Indianapolis which include Tempest, Q*Bert, Galaga, Paperboy and other classics. His list has exploded in the last 6-9 months.

Here are some similar arcade posts

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I wonder if this is the game machine that’s down at Mr. Murphy’s. There was a kid’s hangout place here in Brazil that recently closed up, and I think the guy is selling all the stuff in it. Do you know?

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@Civisi:

I don’t actually have any idea, what sort of establishment is ‘Mr. Murphy’s’ in Brazil? Were there more arcade games than just this Atari Pac-Mania in this store / restaurant? You are local?

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Mr. Murphy’s was a local establishment where teens could hang out. It is in an old G&C Murphy’s general store. I’m not sure how popular it was as I don’t exactly fit that age group anymore, but I know they recently closed. I think they had several arcade machines in there, and when I saw your post, my first thought was that it was one of his. I’ve never been in there myself, so I couldn’t tell you what they have.

And yes, I am local.

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@Civisi:

Well, I decided I would just email the owner of the Pac-mania and find out. Maybe he did pick it up from that location, but I doubt it if there were multiple games. You wouldn’t think it would make sense to get only one Pac-man type game and then resell it immediately. Seems like the location owner would have wanted to sell them as a lot.

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Well, I went and picked it up. Owner was a nice guy with no idea about arcade games. I payed him what he wanted and took it away. I really did not want it but it was too good of a deal to pass up. It is an origional Pacmania. The sideart is long gone though. Otherwise it is great shape. There is a KLOV member in Arizona that will probably end up with it. Working on the details right now.

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@7146 Aaron:

Good to finally get the answer to my sideart question, the seller was not helpful when I asked, I don’t think they understood.

I can’t believe you paid full price for the Pac-Mania, I would have thought for sure with a ‘make an offer’ stance that it could have been had for less. Did you offer less and they didn’t take it?

But it is a little bit of a rare game to come up in the Indiana area. What did you find out is wrong with the monitor if anything?

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