Ms. Pac-Man

a game by Namco Ltd., Tengen, Innerprise Software, Inc., Digital Eclipse Software, and Midway
Genres: Action, Arcade Classics, Educational/Kids
Platforms: Lynx, Sega GenesisGenesis, SNESSNES, Sega Master SystemSega Master System, NESNES, GameBoy, GameGear
Editor Rating: 7.1/10, based on 13 reviews, 14 reviews are shown
User Rating: 8.7/10 - 3 votes
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See also: Pac-Man Games

This classic gets updated with this new version for the SNES. You run around 36 mazes with options like two- player action and a Pac Booster move. It all adds up to familiar, if repetitive, fun for Pac-fans.

Williams did add something new: mildly frustrating controls. The SNES controller simply isn't as effective (or fun) as the original joystick, and you'll wonder why your heroine sometimes turns right into the approaching ghosts even though you swear you turned the other way.

The sharp, rudimentary graphics are just as you remember, and the 1980s music gets old fast.

Despite its flaws, this tried- and-true gameplay is almost foolproof. If you don't have Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures (Ms. Pac-Man was accessible via password), then pick up this piece of history.

ProTips:

  • At the end of each game, go for extra points before you gobble up the last pellets.
  • In the two-player cooperative game, stay fairly close to your partner because you can bump each other out of harm's way.

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Lynx

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Genesis

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Game modes: Single game mode

Player controls:

  • Up, Down, Left, Right - Arrow keys
  • Start - Enter (Pause, Menu select, Skip intro, Inventory)
  • "A" Gamepad button - Ctrl (usually Jump or Change weapon)
  • "B" button - Space (Jump, Fire, Menu select)
  • "C" button - Left Shift (Item select)

Use the F12 key to toggle mouse capture / release when using the mouse as a controller.

SNES

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Pentium II (or equivalent) 266MHz (500MHz recommended), RAM: 64MB (128MB recommended), DirectX v8.0a or later must be installed

Sega Master System

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

NES

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • P-200, 32 MB RAM

Gameboy

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

GameGear

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

The princess of dot-gobblers is coming to the Lynx with a near perfect duplication of the old time arcade game. Try to eat all the dots on the screen and when you get in trouble grab one of the power pills to change the pursuing ghosts from hunters to the hunted. Grab one of the fruits which pop up occasionally for bonus points!

The mucho mega-smash arcade game has been faithfully reproduced in miniature form. Maneuver through a maze, gobbling dots as you go. Four ghosts will chase you down. Grab a power pill and the prey becomes the hunter as the ghosts turn into potential Pac-meals. This version of the game includes a built-in level select and maze select.

Ms. Pac-Man, the classic, returns on the Game Boy. This game is addicting, but don't get too hooked, because the four mazes end all too quickly.

PAC 'Em In

By now, everyone should know this game's premise - you are a round chomping ball with a bow on top who chases around the screen munching on dots. Gobble up all the little dots, and you'll move into the next maze. It's not that easy, though, 'cuz PAC-Man-eating ghosts are nipping at your heels. Your only reprieve from the spooks are Power Pellets, which you can munch to make the Ghosts termporarily vulnerable to your incisors. Otherwise, stay away from the spooks, or you're dead - and you only have three lives with no continues.

Racking up the points can help you in your travels. Healthy Fruit drops from the sky and scores you points when you eat it. Digest Ghosts to rack up more points. If you reach the 10,000-point mark, you get an extra life.

Ms. Pac-Man's graphics and sounds aren't fancy, but it doesn't matter. Ms. PAC-Man looks as good as she ever did, and the game's familiar bleeps sound average, although that squeaking can get annoying. The straightforward controls are simple, but sometimes unpredictable - occasionally they scurry Ms. PAC-Man along without you pressing a button.

PAC 'Em Out

You can get back to the basics with Ms. Pac-Man - if you really want to. Although the alternating two-player option gives the game some competitive flavor, there just aren't enough mazes to more than whet most gamers' appetites. If you're going on a very short road trip, though, you might consider packing this classic right alongside your toothbrush.

ProTips:

  • Eat all the dots in one section of a maze to avoid having to backtrack for strays later in the game.
  • Get the Ghosts to chase you as a group and lead them close to a Power Pellet Then, munch the Ghosts all at once to rack up a smorgasbord of points.

She's back, and she's badder than an Olympic contender. Ms. Pac-Man brings all the fun and excitement of the arcade game to the Game Gear.

If you loved the Pac-Man games, then you loved Ms. Pac-Man, and if you loved Ms. Pac-Man at the arcades, you'll love her here, too. It's just as good as the arcade game, and it has the music, to boot.

Younger players who don't remember the original will be fascinated by the maze game that made millions. The controls are easy to learn, and this is one game you don't need a manual to play.

Ms. Pac knows her stuff, and she's ready to show it on the Game Gear. You go, girl!

ProTips:

  • Use the tunnels to slow down fast-approaching enemies.
  • Listen for audio clues when your enemies are about to change from edible blue back to their original colors.

The all time classic is back. Ms. PAC Man must gobble up dots, power pills, and an occasional ghost to get through each maze. Everything has been faithfully recaptured in the Lynx version, even the cute intermissions from the arcade are there! Ms. Pac Man is a blast from the past anywhere you go, and don't worry, the patterns have all been changed.

  • Manufacturer: Atari
  • Machine: Lynx

Matthew Kennedy of Clifton Park, New York, has found a great egg for this Lynx game. First press PAUSE during the game, and then press Button A twice, OPTION 1, Button A twice, Button B and, finally, OPTION 1. If you entered the code correctly, a lightning bolt will appear at the top of the screen next to your score. Now when you press Button during game play, you'll be able to tear around the screen at lightning speed. You can do this as many times as you'd like, although only one lightning bolt will appear at a time.

  • Manufacturer: Namco
  • Machine: Game Gear

Guide the familiar little pink-bowed yellow spot as she eats power pellets and avoids... well, you know. This scores big points in the nostalgia department, but it just can't compete in the modern gaming world.

  • Theme: Action

Old classics never die, they just go to the GameBoy. Relive all your favorite memories with this terrific adaption from the good ol' coin-op. It even has all the old cinemas, like how she met Pac Man. Overall, it's a terrific classic reborn.

  • Manufacturer: Namco
  • Machine: Game Boy

Yes, she's back in a game that is identical to the arcade. You know the point: run around and eat, eat, eat your way to victory. Fans of the arcade classic will surely, want to pick this one up. This is a simple, fun game.

  • Manufacturer: Tengen
  • Machine: Genesis
  • Theme: Maze
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Number of Players: 1 or 2

The Arcade Classic

Ms. Pac-Man was the sequel to one of the most popular games ever, Pac-Man. It has been brought out for almost every system ever made from the Atari 2600 to most personal computers and now the Sega Genesis. This latest version may be the best yet for it is loaded with features that weren't even found in the original coin-op. There is a wide variety of mazes including the arcade version, a mini version, a giant version, and the aptly named strange maze which is truly bizarre. Another unique feature is the two player cooperative mode in which the second player takes the role of Pac-Man. The graphics are identical to its arcade namesake as are the music and sound effects. Add cinema displays and a turbo booster and an old game is filled with new life. Fans as well as newcomers will enjoy this addicting maze game.

  • Theme: Maze
  • Players: 1-2
  • Difficulty: Average

The oldest classic, and still popular game is now in the 16-bit format! Race through a maze, gobbling dots and avoiding the rampaging ghosts. Grab the power pill and chase the ghosts.

Pac people never turn down an encore, so the feminine member of the Pac-family, Ms. Pac-Man, is back again in an all new Genesis game. For the select few who aren't familiar with this famous round-gal, this is how it goes. Ms. Pac-Man hungrily eats her way through dozens of mazes, gobbling up "point-dots," fruit goodies, and Power Pills. Dining and dashing is the key ingredient of this moveable feast, as those ever nasty ghosts Inky, Blinky, Winky, and Clyde are hot on Ms. Pac-Man's trail. See ya' round, Ms, Pac-Man!

Here's another good game that's hindered by inadequate controls. This is a game that should be played with a joystick, plain and simple. No amount of programming effort can overcome the fact that navigating mazes at high speed is not easily done with a joypad. Just a little pressure in the wrong place and Ms. Pac-Man will take an unexpected turn for the worse. Also, one of the "standard" Pac-strategies, wiggling the joystick rapidly back and forth to keep your Pac-pal stationary, while attempting to lure the ghost monsters toward him/her, is virtually impossible with a joypad.

However, if you think you can adjust to joypad control for a maze game, this is a good one. The idea in Ms. Pac-Man is to eat all of the dots in each maze in order to progress to the next level, using special power pellets to make her ghost-monster opponents momentarily vulnerable to her bite. This conversion is true to the arcade original in just about every respect, but goes it one better by offering new challenges for the seasoned player. In the standard game, there are four different mazes to complete, each staying on the screen for two to four rounds before cycling on to the next one. In the new options the player gets "stretched" mazes that are considerably wider (and thus larger) than the standard mazes, and instead of four there are 27 different mazes to complete, with a new maze being presented on each level (until you reach the 22nd level, where it cycles back to the first). To help you survive these "macro mazes," a special "lightning bolt" bonus object occasionally appears under the ghosts' starting pen. Gobbling up this lightning bolt gives Ms. Pac-Man the option of going to lightning-fast speed for 15 seconds, letting her outrun the ghosts.

The graphics and sound effects are a bit below-par for a Lynx title, but not unexpected considering how small the characters must be in order to fit in the mazes. The only "missing" graphic element I noticed was that the ghost monsters' eyes don't "look" in the direction they are traveling. In the arcade game you can tell in which direction a ghost will turn when approaching a corner because its eyes will shift in that direction just before they reach the corner. That little "help" is missing here, but everything else is there, from ghosts Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Sue, to the "halftime" animations. The new and expanded mazes and the lightning-bolt bonus add a new twist to the Ms., but whether or not you'll want to buy this game will depend on if you can live with the control limitations and whether you're interested in playing an old "classic" like this.

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