•: March 4, 1999 Mode(s) Pepsiman is an developed and published by for the. It was released in Japan in March 1999, and is based on American carbonated soft drink 's, and focuses the player on avoiding obstacles by running, dashing, and jumping, while Pepsiman automatically runs forward through each of the game's stages. The game was made with a low budget, prompting the decision to make videos in-between stages that show a man drinking Pepsi, as they were cheap to produce. The game also features 3D cutscenes, for which the future writer created 3D models. While an American publisher did look into acquiring the rights to publish the game in the United States, it ended up being a Japan-exclusive game. Reviewers frequently compared the game to other games, including, and commented on its simplicity and its price, which was thought to be low.
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Download Link: Pepsi Man: Evacuation appears on the packaging of a new 'run a' game of the software developers KID, the.
A writer for included it on a list of company-branded games that 'didn't suck', commenting that it is not a bad game as long as the player can tolerate the large amount of advertisement in it. According to Uchikoshi, the game did not sell well. The player tries to dodge obstacles while Pepsiman automatically runs forward.
Pepsiman is an that consists of four stages, each divided into smaller segments, and each involving the superhero Pepsiman saving a person who is in need of a drink, such as a military man in the middle of a desert, by giving them a can of. The stages are all based on real locations, such as.
The game is played from a third-person perspective, with Pepsiman automatically running forwards through the stage, sometimes running through people's living rooms. The player aims to dodge obstacles, such as cars, construction cranes, and people, as well as Pepsi-branded obstacles, including a Pepsi truck. The player does this by using four different moves: running, dashing, jumping, and super-jumping.
The player gains points by collecting Pepsi cans. In some stages, Pepsiman's head becomes stuck inside a, which inverts the controls, and in some, he uses a skateboard. Throughout each stage is a number of checkpoints; if the player gets hit by obstacles too many times, they have to restart from the latest checkpoint. Each stage ends with Pepsiman being chased by an object, including a giant Pepsi can. In between stages, the player is shown videos of an American man drinking Pepsi and eating chips and pizza while watching television. Background and development [ ] Pepsiman is based on Pepsi's mascot of the same name, which was created for Pepsi's Japanese branch. The character was featured in commercials in Japan, and in the Japanese version of the video game, and became popular in Japan.
Following this, Pepsi decided to further promote the character with a video game. The game was developed by the Japanese video game developer. It was made on a low budget, which led to the decision to make the low-cost video scenes of actor Mike Butters drinking Pepsi. The game also uses 3D event scenes, which were modeled by, who would later be a scenario writer for at KID. This was Uchikoshi's first job; he had been hired to plan video game adaptations of board games, but ended up being part of the development of Pepsiman instead, which was already in progress when he joined KID in 1998. The game was released in Japan by KID for the on March 4, 1999; while an American publisher was looking into acquiring the rights to publish the game in the United States, it remained Japan-exclusive. Despite this, the game is entirely in English, not Japanese.
According to Uchikoshi, the game did not sell well. Reception [ ] Reception Review scores Publication Score 25 / 40 90 / 100 Gamers' Republic B- Writers for called the game 'super-simple', comparing it to and, and calling it a simplified version of.
Others have made similar comments. A reviewer for also compared it to Crash Bandicoot, described the gameplay as 'simplistic [and] rote memorization based', and said that the thing the game would be remembered for was its 'extremely bizarre premise'. They still felt that the game was not bad, and that it was worth the price, which they noted was low. James Mielke at called the game a 'nifty little distraction', and said that the gameplay was similar to the 'old-school gaming dynamics of yesteryear'.
He commented on the low price, but said that it was difficult to find imports of it. Gamers' Republic magazine rated the game a B. Gamers' Republic later listed the game in their 1999 Video Game Buyers Guide and Y2K Preview as one of the best games to import from Japan that year. In 2011, Allistair Pinsof at reviewed the game, calling it a mix between Paperboy and in terms of the complexity and pace, and compared the gameplay to Crash Bandicoot. He found it to be 'such a gloriously twisted, charming spectacle' that it would be difficult not to like it; he said that the main reason to play the game is 'the sheer lunacy' of it, saying that the game is 'obsessed' with America, and portrays Americans as 'unhygienic ' in a manner that makes it unclear if it is a self-aware parody or not. He concluded that the game is funny, but not great, and that the ridiculous premise and its large amount of small details make the game 'charmingly brain-dead'.