PAC-MAN 99 is a last-player-standing game, which means you will want to be targeting other players to take them out. Doing this ensures you’re eliminating threats and improving your chances of being the last one standing. For those new to the 99-style of games, how targeting opponents works isn’t obvious at first.
How to target other players in PAC-MAN 99
For those playing in docked mode (and even those playing in handheld), selecting which players to target in PAC-MAN 99 is grouped into categories. On the right-hand side of the screen are four options, selected by pressing the right-stick. Each of these targets a specific type of player.
- Random: Targets a random player
- Knockout: Targets a player that is close to being knocked out
- Counter: Target players that are targeting you
- Hunter: Targets player with the most badges
In terms of targeting specific players, that is limited to playing PAC-MAN 99 in handheld mode on the Nintendo Switch. In handheld mode, you can touch the screen to target a specific player. This entirely removes the random targeting and allows you to specify who you want. This option should be weighed against letting the computer counter someone targeting you or finding someone that is about to be knocked out.
How to attack other players
Now that you've targeted players, you will need to attack other players. This is completely automatic in PAC-MAN 99, insofar as you don't press a button to begin your attack. Instead, you will send Jammers to your opponent whenever you eat a ghost. What this means is that eating a big train of ghosts is going to send a whole lot of Jammers to whoever you target or whoever the computer targets based on the categories. The number of ghosts in a train and how many Jammers you send will change depending on the Power Up you have selected.
As you continue to fight through a match, surviving and eating ghosts, you may want to change up what type of player you’re targeting. Sometimes it can be good to switch from a defensive Counter to an offensive Knockout. For those with the dexterity and hand-eye coordination, tapping on a specific player could come in handy in a pinch. Be sure to check out the Shacknews PAC-MAN 99 page for more tips!