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Shit, also known as Oh Shit!, is an MSX game developed and published by Aackosoft in 1985. The game is a clone of Pac-Man, even using graphics directly taken from Namco's MSX port of the game, and features digitized voices and other minimal tweaks from the original. It has since gained infamy for its use of profanity in both the digitized speech and the title itself.

Overview

There are very few differences in Shit compared to the original Pac-Man. The title screen is set up similarly to Pac-Man's but features digitized speech introducing the four (renamed) ghosts: "THIS IS JOEY, PAUL, WILLY AND FRANKIE"; the ghosts proceed to spin after this is stated. The game itself features near-perfect recreations of the classic maze, but the positioning of certain parts appears to be off. Every time Pac-Man gets hit, he yells a long "OH SHIT!" before losing a life, and "GAME OVER" after all lives have been lost. Only the first two cutscenes are left intact but lack music for unknown reasons. The Galaxian flagship also appears to be absent in the game.

The game also has two exclusive features that cannot be found in the original Pac-Man: the ghosts can change into rainbow colors after Pac-Man eats a power pellet (starting in Level 10 and onward), and the player can enter their initials after all lives have been lost.

Written by Steve Course, this game has been released in the Netherlands under the name Oh Shit!, and Europe, titled Oh No!. In Oh No!, Pac-Man's death scream is "OH NO!" and only plays when you lose your last life; apart from this, there are no other in-game differences from the original. Covers for the game are very strange and have no resemblance to the game at all, other than the word "Classics", making it apart of the series of unauthorized arcade ports of the same name. Which similarly also had strange box art. There is, however, a character on the front of the Aackosoft release that resembles both Pac-Man and some sort of bear-like animal. The character has small ears and fangs - features which Pac-Man lacks (Pac-Man has a nose in his original artwork, but it is very different from the animalistic one featured on this character). The Eurosoft box art stole its artwork from a 1985 horror novel by Gary Brander, The Howling III: Echoes, a novel from The Howling Series.

Trivia

  • There is a bug in the game in which the ghosts can still kill Pac-Man while heading back to the Ghost Pen to regenerate once the Power Pellet effect has worn off at the same time.
  • A seemingly official Spanish translation was released by a company known as Disprosoft and is based on the Oh No! version.
  • One of the boxes for the game shows a blown up Apple II, possibly as a metaphor for anger.
  • The Oh Shit! version has credits as well as title screen music.
  • This game was pirated and released on multiple bootleg compilations such as Nova Games and Hit Parade MSX. The only time the game has been officially released in a compilation, was with MSX Compilation 5 by Eaglesoft.

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