Spending our morning picking out retro video game references in a short film was not on today's agenda, but sometimes you find something that appeals to you in just the right way.
The Girl With A Fear Of Ghosts is an adorable 3min short film from Joe and Lloyd Stas. It tells the fleeting and tragic story of Maria, a girl who has to take a Polaroid of everyone she meets to make sure they aren't a ghost (We can imagine that gets expensive quickly). Also, it's heavily inspired by the big yellow pill-munching Pac-Man games. Because of course it is.
The directors have claimed there are "over 20 Pac-Man references" in the short, which seems like an ambitious amount for 3 minutes. But can you spot them all? Watch below and let us give you a helping hand.
It's okay, we couldn't spot 20 either; but this definitely gave us a chance to flex our retro-gaming trivia muscle. Check out the ones we found below:
The pill bottle (like what Pac-Man eats) says "Midway" (Pac-Man's other publisher) and "1980" (The year of the game's release).
Cherries! The iconic fruit from the game that gives the player a points boost.
Mikey's phone number is the highest possible score that anyone can achieve in a "perfect game" of Pac-Man.
We couldn't identify the exact music in Mikey's headphones, but it's definitely from one of the many games in the Pac-Man franchise.
Mikey mentions his friend Clyde's band. "Clyde" is the name of the orange ghost in the game.
"The Maze" is obviously in reference to the levels of the game. Which are mazes. Obviously
There's a little "No Flapping" motif on the wall with Pac-Man's silhouette...
...and a sneaky Pac-Man outline on the disco ball.
These Coke boys might be a really obscure reference to Pac-Man Plus, a version of the game where the fruit was replaced by items such as Coke cans.
GHOSTS. Red, blue, and pink (or orange?).