Ms. Pac-Man

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Ms. Pac-Man
Ms. Pac-Man arcade cabinet
Developer(s)Bally Midway
General Computer Corporation
Publisher(s)Bally Midway
Composer(s)Naoki Higashio
Mode(s)Up to 2 players, taking turns
CabinetStandard upright, mini-upright and cocktail

Ms. Pac-Man is an arcade video game made by Midway Manufacturing (now Midway Games). It was released one year after Pac-Man, on January 13, 1982.[1] It became one of the most popular video games of all-time after its release. This led Namco to make the game an official title in the Pac-Man series. It has a female character, new mazes, and changes in gameplay from Pac-Man. It is most successful American-made arcade game, selling 115,000 arcade cabinets.[2]

Gameplay[change | change source]

Ms. Pac-Man plays similarly to Pac-Man. The player has to move Ms. Pac-Man, a yellow disc, around a maze. The goal is to eat all of the yellow pellets (circles) while not getting caught by the ghosts. The player can get more points by eating fruits that appear. When Ms. Pac-Man eats a white pellet, the ghosts turn blue. The player can eat them for points. The game has 256 stages. Like Pac-Man, the 256th level cannot be finished because of a problem with the creation of the game.[3]

The game has gameplay changes from the original Pac-Man. They include:

  • The game has four different mazes instead of one maze that is played for the whole game.
  • Three of the four mazes have two sets of warp tunnels instead of one.
  • Instead of staying in the middle of the maze, the fruit moves around the maze, going in and out of warp tunnels.
  • The ghosts have different behaviors.
  • The game has different sound effects and music.

References[change | change source]

  1. US Copyright Filing PA0000140275
  2. Beamish, Graeme (May 22, 2010). "Pellet-popping power: Pac-Man turns 30 today". Nanaimo Daily News. Canwest News Service. Archived from the original on October 14, 2012. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  3. Donhodges.Com—Ms. Pac-Man's Kill Screens Analyzed And Fixed

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