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Question 70

TIQB - 070
Difficulty Very hard
Skippable No
Bomb No
Reference "Pac-Man" (video game) / Frank (character by Splapp)
Safe Question No
Fusestopper location N/A
Lifebuoy location N/A

Question 70 from The Impossible Quiz Book is the twentieth question of Chapter 2, and the tenth and last question of the game to be presented in ZX Spectrum-inspired graphics. It's the second boss question of the game, and this time you're introduced to a mini-game based around the most iconic character and video game of the 80's arcades: Pac-Man. This question is unskippable as well, though there are no Skips in this Chapter whatsoever.

When you get here, the ZX Splapptrum will print the game's title screen, which goes as follows:

▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪
PAC - FRANK
Use arrow keys to move!
Eat all the tasty globs!
Don't get mauled by the ghosts!
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Let's PLAY!
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TIQB - 070 (2)

Screenshot of the mini-game.

As soon as you hit the green button, you're presented with the Pac-Man-inspired maze, made by black hallways and purple walls. You are in control of the white circular character in the middle, who as you can probably expect is none other than Splapp's own character Frank (or rather, only his head).

The basic gameplay of the original game remains exactly the same in here. Your task is of course redundantly simple, yet annoyingly hard at the same time: collect all of the little white pellets in the game without being killed by the ghosts. If Pac-Frank touches any of them, he'll literally bray like a donkey and faint, and you will lose a life.

This game can be extremely hard for first-timers, since three of these ghosts have some scarily good artificial intelligence programmed in them, and you can get easily cornered. There is a trick, though: just like in the original game, all ghosts have a natural characteristic, albeit not following the same pattern as the ghosts from the original game.

Here's some explanations of each of the ghosts in here:

  • The red ghost is a chaser, and it's the one that will probably kill you the most, since it moves slightly faster than Pac-Frank himself. The only way to stop it from killing you is to make many twist and turns to throw it off pursuit.
  • The yellow ghost is an ambusher, meaning it will always find the best way to sneak up on you before you even get the chance of noticing it, catching you off-guard. Always keep this annoying ghost on sight.
  • The green ghost is fickle, and it catches you only if you and the ghost are on a head-on collision most of the time. At other times, it tries to decide which way to go, and sometimes it can even turn around when you are coming straight at it! This ghost, unforturnately, can confuse you and get you killed by the other ones.
  • TIQB - 070 (3)

    Complete!

    The blue ghost is the stupid one, always seemingly trying to stay away from you. It almost never gets you, unless you are unlucky enough to bump into it. The good thing about this ghost is that you can follow it while escaping from the others, and the blue ghost won't even notice you behind its own back.
After collecting all of the pellets, the ZX Splapptrum will then remove the maze from the screen and print a congratulatory message, containing the exclamation "Complete!", as well as Pac-Frank's eating animation and a "Continue >" button, upon pressing which, you'll be once again asked to update the Guide.
Noskip You cannot skip this question.

Firmware update #2

TIQB - 070 Update1

The second update screen.

Once you're done with the maze, the following message will appear on screen, asking you to update the firmware version of The Phlovomite's Guide to the Galaxy:
Alert!
New firmware found. You must update to continue.
Click update to... update.
Smash your computer with your fists of fury to cancel the update.
UPDATE
TIQB - 070 Update2

Almost done with the update.

Simply press the green text button and the device will start downloading and installing the update, complete with a pixelated drawing of a Phlovomite gang; after the update has been finished, a number 7 written in big black retro-styled font will fill the screen, similarly to the "5" that appeared following the previous update.

The screen will then cut to black, with Splapp's Sega-inspired "Loading" jingle (seen in his animations "Sonic Breaks His Neck" and "Orbinauts") appearing right before the title screen of "Question 71-80", which contains the subtitle "Hello, World.".

This officially marks the beginning of a section that can be considered an homage to the Retro era of video games, where the world saw the glorious arrival of the 8-bit and 16-bit games many people keep in their hearts nowadays; this era will last for the following 10 questions, starting with the next one: Question 71.

Trivia

  • It's unknown if this was intentional or not, but the ghosts of this mini-game can actually walk through certain walls of the maze, taking shortcuts to reach hallways that would otherwise require them to walk their way around the walls; it's a quite uncommon occurrence, though.
  • The firmware update after completing the mini-game is the only one that doesn't state the update's version number, unlike the other two updates.
  • Pressing the Tab key at any point between the mini-game itself and the title screen of "Questions 71-80" will not give you a Game Over like it usually would. The restriction returns as soon as you get to Question 71. 
  • The loading screen (below) has writing similar to that of the Sega logo, popular for many video Games, most notably the Sonic the Hedgehog series. 
TIQB - 070 Updated1

"Looooa-diiiing!!"

TIQB - 070 Updated2

Hello, Questions 71-80.

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