Ms. Pac-Man (1981)

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This update to Pac-Man changed the character to a lady, added moving fruit, smarted monsters, cutscenes and more mazes.


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This update to Pac-Man changed the character to a lady, added moving fruit, smarted monsters, cutscenes and more mazes.

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Introducing... the femme fatale of the game world.








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1981 (USA)  »

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Crazy Otto  »

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Ms. Pac Man is far superior to any other Pac Man game
1 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ms. Pac Man is by far the greatest Pac Man game created. It is a smoother game than original "Pac Man" and is entirely less gimmicky than any sequel version such as "Super Pac Man", "Pac Man Jr." or any of the others. This is a pure game requiring skill and reflexes that is not duplicated in any of todays "high tech" games on Playstation 2, Xbox, Game Cube... take your pick. Oftentimes, experts on these newer game systems laugh at Ms. Pac Man, only to be slaughtered within the first two mazes because they don't know how to handle this game of true skill, although simple, that existed prior to the games we now have. Ms. Pac Man appears in many different versions, from Original Arcade to the sit down "cocktail" version, to the home plug and play, to the recent 20th Anniversary Version combo w/ Galaga, to name the most common. You can usually find it in two versions, "slow" Ms. Pac Man and "fast" Ms. Pac Man. Fast Ms. Pac Man seems to be the rarer find, and I personally prefer it to the slow version. Some say it is easier, (and no doubt, higher scores can be achieved) but I find it to take more skill to wield a faster character through the mazes and around the ghosts than the slower and more cumbersome Ms. Pac Man, who oftentimes finds herself outraced by the ghosts even though the player is not necessarily at fault for bad play. In the arcade version, when you die, you are offered the chance to continue for another 25 cents. True players will NOT put in the "continue" credits, and instead allow their original tokens to represent their score and advancement through the game. All too often Ms. Pac Man players find a high score on a game that has been achieved by a lower class player who has pumped quarters into the game to rack up the high score, reflecting a false representation of their actual skill. So, I urge you, if you respect the game, NOT to continue your credits, and instead allow the game to expire and then attempt high score from "zero" as all true players do. Good Luck... and urge your local restaurant or bar to include Ms. Pac Man in their arcade...

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