Review by Baldo

Reviewed: 03/24/02 | Updated: 03/24/02

Feminists of the world unite... at the arcade.

Midway is one of the few companies that realized that only half of the population was playing arcade games, the male half. Something needed to be done to tap into the other half of the potential profits. The big thinkers up at Midway came up with a brilliant idea, make a female character the star of a game. Of course they chose to model the new character after Pac-Man, the most popular arcade game on the market. What if Pac-Man wore lipstick, had a red bow, and had a mole... he'd be Ms. Pac-Man! The perfect character to target the female market was created. Pure genius Midway, pure genius.

Gameplay - 10/10

The gameplay is virtually exactly the same as Pac-Man. Ms. Pac-Man moves around the maze eating the pellets and avoiding the ghosts. Power pellets let Ms. Pac-Man hunt the ghosts instead, at least for a little while. The fruit in the game is harder to eat, but that's about the only difference. Also, one of the ghosts, Clyde - the off-yellow ghost, is now known as Sue.

Graphics/Visual Effects - 6/10

The extra accessories that are added to Ms. Pac-Man make the graphics of this game slightly more appealing than the original. The color of the mazes and the pellets changes as you advance through the levels. For a 1982 game, the graphics are really good.

Audio - 5/10

The theme music in this game is decent as are the side effects. The sound really isn't the strong point of Ms. Pac-Man though, nor has it been for any of the Pac-Man Arcade games.

Replay Value - 10/10

The replay value of this game is just as good as that of the original Pac-Man. Replaying this game over and over is just as fun as when you played it for the first time. I've wasted a lot of money over the years replaying this classic.

To Be or Not to Be?

Definitely play this game if you can find it. It is more prevalent than any of the other Pac-Man games for some reason. Old pizza places and bowling alleys are where you'll find this ancient game.

Overall - 10/10

I don't like this game as much as the original Pac-Man, but it's still a very good game. Deciding to make a female the star in an arcade game was an excellent marketing idea during the early 80's. One of the best arcade games of all-time without a doubt.

Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

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