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Ms. PAC-MAN

If your friends from 1981 could only see you now.

License / Price:
Shareware / $4.99
Last Updated:
2010-05-26
Operating System:
Mac OS X
Publisher:
NAMCO LTD.

Description of Ms. PAC-MAN

Edit By BS Editor: After trying out the concept on Missile Command, Curran and Macrae started a company called General Computer and began working on a modification of PAC-MAN that they named Crazy Otto. After pitching the idea to Bally-Midway, which distributed Namco’s arcade games in the United States, the pair changed the name to Ms. PAC-MAN, and over 115,000 units were sold, more than Pac-Man.

On the iPod, Ms. PAC-MAN offers the same features as her counterpart: three game modes (Original, Normal, and Easy); the ability to start a new game at any level you previously reached; the option to continue at the level where you lost your last life up to three Times per session; and the ability to save your progress and exit the game. In addition, Ms. PAC-MAN includes a tutorial that helps acclimate you to controlling the character by tapping the click wheel in the direction she should turn (an on-screen Joystick indicates what you selected).

Beyond the Original
General Computer improved on Pac-Man’s gameplay in a variety of ways. The ghosts no longer follow predetermined paths, making them harder to avoid, and Pac-Man’s hiding place was eliminated from the sequel. In addition, the bonus items now bounce through the mazes, instead of simply appearing below the ghosts’ starting box.

To break up the monotony of the original game, the developer created four types of mazes for Ms. PAC-MAN, rotating them after you’ve completed a certain number of levels. Three of the mazes have two sets of warp tunnels that take you to the other side of the screen, rather than the one set found in Pac-Man.

The final touch consisted of a rudimentary story that takes place between certain levels. Divided into acts, the first part depicts Pac-Man and Ms. PAC-MAN being chased by ghosts and then meeting and falling in Love. Act two shows the two dot-chompers chasing each other across the screen, while the third chapter brings a baby Pac-Man into the world.

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher
Platform: N/A

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