Thursday, May 18, 2006

Old-school handheld gaming

I know I say it a lot, but man-o-man, I loves me some Internet.

I was going through a few boxes in the massive Siftin Artifact Archive, and I came across some old Super Pac-Man Rub-Off Game cards. Alas, the cards are so old, the dots won't rub off anymore. Well, actually, they will, but they'll take a few layers of the card with them, so they're not as much fun.

It'll be hard explaining the fun of these things when my son grows up. Actually, it's hard to say that we played "Rub-Off games" without my inner 12-year-old smirking. But fortunately, you can't see me and you'll be none the wiser about how immature I am.

This was the cool thing back in the day; the idea was to rub off (huh-huh-huh...) one circle at a time and tally the points earned for whatever was under the dot. Blue monsters, for example, were worth 10 points. You had to go in a line; you couldn't skip around willy-nilly. If you found three regular non-blue ghost monsters, your game was over. It was like a small paper version of Super Pac-Man.

Step 7 in the instructions tells you to "Use SUPER PAC-MAN stickers as prizes, for trading or collecting."

Here's your prize:

If you want to learn more, check out this cool page. Not only are the Super Pac-Man cards featured, but also regular Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Dragon's Lair and Robot Wars.

I also remember Video City cards, which featured a few other games.

And while we're on the subject of dubious attempts to cash in on the video game craze, this also came from one of the catacombs in the archives.

Yes, a Defender board game.

I had the Pac-Man board game when I was younger, and I actually had fun moving my plastic Pac around the board, gobbling marbles with it.

This game, well, it cost me 99 cents at a thrift store.


  1. I had the Pac-Man board game too and enjoyed it as well. Ah, the memories. I think my parents still have it at their house. LOL

  2. You NEVER cease to conjure up some old childhood memory of something I didn't even remember!

    We TOTALLY spent our allowance on those rub-off *snicker* cards, they rocked! I only remember the Pac-Man ones though.

    Why is it that I only remember the stupid things like "Breakin' 2, Electric Boogaloo" and my dufflebag style unicorn purse?

    Curse selective memory!

  3. Oh and those $8 pens that had color in the middle & metallic as an outline. The 4 kids in my family kept Spencers in business back in the day.

  4. I loved Outliner Pens! Now I'm totally jonesing for some. I remember just holding the pen down to see how big a spot it would make on the paper.

    And the smell...