Panic is a rewrite of the "Apple Panic" game from 1981.
Apple Panic is a platform game inspired by Space Panic.
The object is to dig holes and pound the apples through the
holes. Your character is controlled by keyboard commands.
You can walk left/right along platforms, climb up/down the
ladders and dig or fill holes in the platforms made from
green bricks. If an apple monster touches the character, you
lose. The character can jump down through holes without
problems, but monsters become trapped in them. Once a
monster is stuck in a hole, you have 17 seconds to hit it
repeatedly with the shovel until it falls down. If you wait
too long a monster will be able to free itself, refilling
the hole in the process. Orange monsters die on the next
floor when they fall down. In later levels you have to deal
with green and blue monsters. Green monsters require falling
through two vertically lined up holes while blue monsters
need three vertically lined up holes. You earn extra points
if you drop one monster on top of another (which kills both
monsters). To make matters worse, you have a time limit to
kill the monsters of a level. The time left is tracked by a
bar at the bottom of the window. The various levels use four
different ladder layouts, but there are always five
platforms in which the character can dig.
The following commands are accepted:
| ||cursor keys: || ||Move your man|
| ||space: || ||Stop moving|
| ||A: || ||Dig hole|
| ||S: || ||Pound apples, shut hole and
play aggain when the game is over|
| ||ESC or P: || ||Pause game|
| ||ctrl-R: || ||Restart game|
| ||Q: || ||Quit game|