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mspacman Ms. Pac-Man
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Ms. Pac-Man
Midway / General Computer Corporation
Labirinto / Colleziona
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Giochi simili:
Input / Controlli
Fino a 2 giocatori (singolo, 2 alternati)
Joystick 4 direzioni
Pulsanti / tasti:
Cocktail, Upright
Non supportato
Voto medio:
AntoPISA BestGame:
90-100 (I giochi migliori)
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288x224@60,606061 Hz, ruotato di 90°, CRT 15kHz
Non indicato
Zilog Z80
Chips audio:
Namco, Speaker
Prima release:
Mame 0.1 del 05-feb-1997
Ultima release:
Mame 0.246 del 31-lug-2022
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  • Informazioni fornite da © Alexis Bousiges
    Videogioco arcade pubblicato 40 anni fa:

    Ms. Pac-Man © 1982 Midway.

    In this, the first proper sequel to Namco's legendary pill eating maze game, players must once again run around a number of mazes, eating all of the pills that are scattered throughout. The ever-present ghosts (Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Sue) return to hamper the player's progress. The infamous 'Power Pills' are also present and correct, with four appearing in each maze.

    Namco introduced a number of changes and enhancements over the original game. The first difference is in the main character. For the first time in video-game history, the game's lead character was female. Ms. Pac-Man is almost identical to the original character with two main differences; she wears a bow in her 'hair', and is also wearing lipstick.

    Another change from the original is that the bonus fruit items are no longer static but now move randomly around the mazes.

    Ms Pac-Man features four different maze layouts, which alternate every two to four rounds:

    The first maze is only encountered in Rounds 1 and 2, and has 220 dots and 4 Power Pills. There are two sets of tunnels in this maze equidistant from the center of the maze. You must clear this maze two times before moving on to the next maze.

    The second maze is only encountered in Rounds 3, 4, and 5, and has 240 dots and 4 Power Pills. There are two sets of tunnels in this maze; one set in the lower half, and the other set at the very top. You must clear this maze three times before moving on to the next maze.

    The third maze is first encountered in Round 6 and has 238 dots and 4 Power Pills. Unlike all other mazes, there is only one set of tunnels in this maze, slightly above the center of the board. You must clear this maze four times before moving on to the next maze.

    The fourth and final unique maze is first encountered in Round 10 and has 234 dots and 4 Power Pills. There are two sets of tunnels in this maze, directly next to one another in the middle of the maze. The turns at the entrance to the tunnels change the usual immediate accessibility of the tunnels and should be taken in to account. You must clear this maze four times before moving on to the next maze.

    After Round 13, the game alternates every four rounds between the third and fourth mazes.

    Finally, the ghosts' movement patterns are also completely different from those of the original game.

    As in the original game, intermission scenes will be played after certain rounds. Ms. Pac-Man's intermissions tell the story of how Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man met, fell in love, and had a baby. Ms. Pac-Man's intermissions are also preceded by a sign and a title. 3 intermissions are present:

    1) Act I - They Meet: Pac-Man, the star of the original game, enters the screen being chased by Inky while Ms. Pac-Man enters from the other side being chased by Pinky. As the two of them are about to collide, they quickly move upwards, causing Inky and Pinky to collide. Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man face each other at the top of the screen, and a heart appears above them. This intermission is played after Round 2.

    2) Act II - The Chase: Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man are seen giving each other a playful chase. One chases the other in one direction, and they take turns alternating who chases who and in what direction. After three turns, they chase each other twice more at a faster speed. This intermission is played after Round 5.

    3) Act III - Junior: Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man anxiously await the arrival of a stork, who flies overhead with a bundle. As the stork is about to pass over them, he releases the bundle, which drops to the ground in front of Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man, and opens up to reveal a baby Pac. This intermission, which is played after Rounds 9, 13, and 17, would later serve as the introductory sequence to "Jr. Pac-Man".

    No intermission is present between rounds after the 18th one.

    [Upright model]
    [No. 595]

    The upright model came in the standard Namco/Midway cabinet. This is the same 'swoopy' cabinet that "Galaxian", "Galaga", and "Pac-Man" came in as well. These featured painted side-art of Ms. Pac-Man and the ghosts, along with some pink accent lines. The last 10, 000 or so Ms. Pac-Man machines to roll off the assembly line had sticker side-art instead, it was the same basic scene, but the colors were brighter, and there were a few minor differences in the layout of the graphics. The marquee showed an image of Ms. Pac-Man lounging on her own logo, with a ghost off to the side. The exact colors used on the marquee varied a bit over the production run (as did the paint codes used on the side). The control panel and monitor bezel had a single design that covered both of them, that of a blue background with a pink or maroon stripe going around it, with a few game instructions printed upon them.

    CPU principale: Zilog Z80 (@ 3,072 Mhz)
    Chip sonori: Namco WSG a 3 canali (@ 96 Khz)

    Giocatori: 2
    Controllo: Joystick a 4 direzioni

    Even if the copyright year is 1981, Ms. Pac-Man è stato rilasciato nel Gennaio 1982.

    Having won their enhancement kit lawsuit against Atari, General Computing went to Bally Midway and showed them an enhancement kit that they were working on for Pac-Man called Crazy Otto. Crazy Otto was a character similar to Pac-Man with the exception that he had legs. GCC was going to bluff Midway into letting them release their enhancement kit by telling them that they won their lawsuit against Atari, and that they just wanted Midway's blessing. Midway suggested that they create a sequel to the original Pac-Man instead of an enhancement kit, and GCC got to work on Ms. Pac-Man. Ms. Pac-Man had two prior names before settling on the one that everyone knows. 'Mrs. Pac-Man' was the original, but some of the women employees at Midway had a problem with that, so it was changed to 'Miss Pac-Man'. When someone pointed out the third intermission, where Pac and Ms. Pac welcome "Jr. Pac-Man" (or Baby Pac-Man) into the fold, they changed it to the final name of 'Ms. Pac-Man'. Midway released "Baby Pac-Man" as a pinball/video hybrid, and General Computing sued the company, claiming they had created the concept of a Pac Family. They won the suit and were awarded royalties from Pac Family merchandise.

    The logo for General Computer Corporation is present among the graphics, probably a leftover from the game's days as Crazy Otto.

    In its initial run, 110,000 units were produced in the U.S. making it the best selling domestic arcade video game of all time.

    The game added a few improvements over the original:
    • Non-deterministic artificial intelligence for the ghosts, making it harder for enthusiasts to follow set patterns through levels.
    • A variety of different mazes used through the game.
    • Bonus items (such as cherries and pretzels) entered the maze and bounced through it, rather than appear in a set location as in the original, making the player go out of his way to attain it.
    • Brand new sound effects, including a new 'death' sound and opening theme.

    It was also one of the more successful of early arcade games in the female demographic, which has been attributed to 'Ms. Pac-Man' being a girl - although the Ms. Pac-Man sprite was little more than "Pac-Man" with eyelashes, a bow, lipstick and a dimple.

    After the 255th level, the maze (including dots) disappears. The game becomes unplayable, since there are no more dots to eat.

    Chris Ayra holds the record for this game on 'Regular' settings with 920,310 points on August 16, 1998.

    Victor Kunisada holds the record for this game on 'Speed-Up' settings with 922,810 points on June 16, 2001.

    Vancouver, Canada (Reuters) - Little 7-year old Al Nagac attained the Guinness World Record for Ms. Pac-Man v.2.97 with a score of 18,976,048. Al was exhausted and dehydrated and asked for several glasses of skim milk after shattering the longtime record of 11,056,736 set by Faith DeRivera, who was onhand to congratulate the victor with a kiss on the cheek.

    A Ms. Pac-Man unit appears in the 1983 movie 'WarGames', in the 1983 movie 'Joysticks', in the 1984 movie 'Tightrope' (the cab appears in the background of the bar scene), in the 1990 movie 'The Grifters', in the 1999 movie 'Man In The Moon' and in the 2002 movie 'Van Wilder'.

    Milton Bradley (MB) released a board game based on this video game in 1983. Up to 4 players can play. The maze is divided into four colored areas, representing each player; the object of the game is to clear all the dots in your colored area. Only one player at a time controls Ms. Pac-Man; the other players control the ghosts. Once a ghost catches Ms. Pac-Man, the player controlling that ghost takes over control of Ms. Pac-Man.

    Michael Jackson possedeva questo gioco (verticale Midway). È stato venduto all'asta ufficiale di Michael Jackson il 24 Aprile 2009.

    Dot: 10 points
    Power pill (energizer): 50 points
    Ghosts: 200, 400, 800, 1,600 points
    Cherry: 100 points
    Strawberry: 200 points
    Peach: 500 points
    Pretzel: 700 points
    Apple: 1,000 points
    Pear: 2,000 points
    Banana: 5,000 points

    • The most dangerous section of the first maze is the long path at the very top. It is safest to clear it when the ghosts are blue, or at least 3 of them occupy the bottom half of the maze.
    • There are a couple of dangerous sections in the second maze. The pathways above and below the T section at the top of the maze can be particularly easy to get trapped in. It is easiest to clear these when all 4 ghosts are close on your tail, or after eating one of the top two power pellets. The two sections directly above the lower escape tunnels on either side should also be cleared with caution.
    • The most dangerous section of the 3rd maze is the center of the bottom, directly below where you begin. It is advisable to clear it out as early as possible before the ghosts can organize and trap you. The top section of the maze presents the ghosts with many pathways to reach you, so use caution.
    • The most dangerous sections of the 4th maze is the section that you begin in, and the section directly above the ghosts' den. The very top section of the maze should also be cleared with caution.
    • Secret Message: the message 'GENERAL COMPUTER CORPORATION Hello, Nakamura!' is buried at the end of the Ms. Pac-Man ROM image (Masaya Nakamura was head of Namco).
    • There's a fairly well-known glitch in the game - if you put a coin in when the Ms. Pac-Man marquee title first appears but before Blinky appears then the first board will be blue instead of pink and will remain blue until you either finish the board or lose a life, after which the board will return to its normal color.

    • Pac-Man (1980, ARC)
    • Ms. Pac-Man (1981, ARC)
    • Super Pac-Man (1982, ARC)
    • Pac-Man Plus (1982, ARC)
    • Jr. Pac-Man (1983, ARC)
    • Professor Pac-Man (1983, ARC)
    • Pac-Land (1984, ARC)
    • Pac-Mania (1987, ARC)
    • Pac-Attack (1993, SNES, Genesis; 1994, Game Boy, Game Gear)
    • Pac-Man 2 - The New Adventures [Modello SNS-25-USA] (1994, SNES, Genesis)
    • Pac-In-Time [Modello SNS-APTE-USA] (1994, SNES, PC)
    • Pac-Man Arrangement (1996, ARC): part of "Namco Classics Collection Vol.2"
    • Pac-Man VR (1996, ARC)
    • Pac-Man World [Modello SLUS-00439] (1999, PS)
    • Pac-Man - Adventures in Time (2000, PC)
    • Ms. Pac-Man - Maze Madness [Modello SLUS-01018] (2000, PS)
    • Ms. Pac-Man - Quest for the Golden Maze (2001, PC)
    • Pac-Man All-Stars (2002, PC)
    • Pac-Man Fever [Modello SLUS-20197] (2002, PS)
    • Pac-Man World 2 [Modello SLUS-20224] (2002, PS2, GC, XBOX)
    • Pac-Man Vs. [Modello DOL-PRJE-USA] (2003, GC)
    • Pac-Pix [Modello NTR-APCE-USA] (2005, DS)
    • Pac-Man Pinball Advance [Modello AGB-BP8E-USA] (2005, GBA)
    • Pac-Man Arrangement (2005, PSP): part of "Namco Museum Battle Collection [Modello ULUS-10035]"
    • Pac'n Roll [Modello NTR-APNE-USA] (2005, DS)
    • Pac-Man World 3 [Modello SLUS-21219] (2005, PSP, PS2, GC, XBOX, PC, DS)
    • Pac-Man World Rally [Modello SLUS-21328] (2006, GameCube, PS2, PSP, PC)
    • Pac-Man Championship Edition (2007, XBLA)
    • Pac-Man Championship Edition DX (2010, XBLA, PSN)
    • Pac-Man Party [Modello RVL-SP7E-USA] (2010, Wii)
    • Pac-Man Battle Royale (2011, ARC)
    • Pac-Man Tilt (2011, 3DS): part of "Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions [Modello CTR-APGE-USA]"
    • Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+ (2013, XBLA, PSN, Steam)
    • Pac-Man Dash! (2013, Android/iOS)
    • Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures (2013, 3DS, XBOX 360, PS3, Wii U, PC)
    • Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 (2014, 3DS, XBOX 360, PS3, Wii U, PC)

    Co-Creator: Steve Golson

    • CONSOLE:
    [US] 2600 "Ms. Pac-Man [Modello CX2675]" (1982)
    [US] 5200 "Ms. Pac-Man [Modello CX5243]" (1983)
    [US] 7800 "Ms. Pac-Man [Modello CX7807]" (1984)
    [US] XEGS (198?)

    Nintendo NES
    [US] (1990) di Tengen
    [US] "Ms. Pac-Man [Modello NES-M9-USA]" (nov.1993)

    Sega Master System
    [EU] "Ms. Pac-Man [Modello 301030]" (1991)
    [BR] (1991) di Tec Toy

    Sega Mega Drive / Genesis
    [US] (1991) di Tengen
    [EU] (1992) di Time Warner Interactive

    Nintendo SNES
    [US] "Ms. Pac-Man [Modello SNS-AN8E-USA]" (sept.1996)
    [EU] "Ms. Pac-Man [Modello SNSP-AN8P-EUR]" (27 mar. 1997)

    Sony PlayStation
    [JP] "Namco Museum Vol.3 [Modello SLPS-00390]" (june.21, 1996)
    [AU] "Namco Museum Vol.3 [Modello SCES-00268]" (1997)
    [US] "Namco Museum Vol.3 [Modello SLUS-00398]" (jan.31, 1997)
    [EU] "Namco Museum Vol.3 [Modello SCES-00268]" (feb.1997)

    Nintendo 64
    [US] "Namco Museum 64 [Modello NUS-NNME-USA]" (oct.31, 1999)

    Sega Dreamcast
    [US] "Namco Museum [Modello T-1403N]" (june.25, 2000)

    Sony PlayStation 2
    [US] "Namco Museum [Modello SLUS-20273]" (4 dic. 2001)
    [US] "Namco Museum - 50th Anniversary [Modello SLUS-21164]" (aug.30, 2005)
    [JP] "Namco Museum Arcade Hits! [Modello SLPS-25590]" (26 gen. 2006)
    [EU] "Namco Museum - 50th Anniversary [Modello SLES-53957]" (31 mar. 2006)

    Nintendo GameCube
    [US] "Namco Museum [Modello DOL-GNME-USA]" (9 ott. 2002)
    [US] "Namco Museum - 50th Anniversary [Modello DOL-G5NE-USA]" (aug.30, 2005)
    [EU] "Namco Museum - 50th Anniversary [Modello DOL-G5NP-EUR]" (may.5, 2006)

    Microsoft XBOX
    [US] "Namco Museum" (9 ott. 2002)
    [US] "Namco Museum - 50th Anniversary [Modello NMO-2201A-NM]" (aug.30, 2005)
    [EU] "Namco Museum - 50th Anniversary" (24 mar. 2006)

    Microsoft XBOX 360 [XBLA]
    [US] [EU] [JP] (jan.10, 2007)
    [US] "Namco Museum - Virtual Arcade [Modello 21022]" (nov.4, 2008)
    [EU] "Namco Museum - Virtual Arcade" (15 mag. 2009)
    [AU] "Namco Museum - Virtual Arcade" (june.3, 2009)
    [JP] "Namco Museum - Virtual Arcade [Modello 2RD-00001]" (5 nov. 2009)
    [KO] [EU] [AU] "Pac-Man Museum" as DLC. (26 feb. 2014)
    [US] "Pac-Man Museum" as DLC. (26 feb. 2014)
    [JP] "Pac-Man Museum" as DLC. (june.25, 2014)

    Sony PlayStation 3 [PSN]
    [US] "Pac-Man Museum [Modello NPUB-31383]" as DLC. (feb.25, 2014)
    [EU] [AU] "Pac-Man Museum [Modello NPEB-01892]" as DLC. (26 feb. 2014)
    [KO] "Pac-Man Museum" as DLC. (26 feb. 2014)
    [JP] "Pac-Man Museum" as DLC. (june.25, 2014)

    Microsoft XBOX One [XBOX Store]
    [US] [EU] [AU] [JP] (apr.20, 2016) "Arcade Game Series - Ms. Pac-Man"

    Sony PlayStation 4 [PSN]
    [US] (apr.20, 2016) "Arcade Game Series - Ms. Pac-Man [Modello CUSA-03957]"
    [EU] [AU] (apr.20, 2016) "Arcade Game Series - Ms. Pac-Man [Modello CUSA-03864]"
    [JP] (apr.20, 2016) "Arcade Game Series - Ms. Pac-Man [Modello CUSA-03671]"

    • PALMARI:
    Atari Lynx
    [US] (1990) "Ms. Pac-Man [Modello PA2057]"

    Nintendo Game Boy
    [EU] "Ms. Pac-Man [Modello DMG-N4]" (1993)
    [US] "Ms. Pac-Man [Modello DMG-N4-USA]" (oct.1993)

    [US] Sega Game Gear (1995)

    Nintendo Game Boy Color
    [US] "Ms. Pac-Man - Special Color Edition [Modello DMG-AQCE-USA]" (1999)
    [EU] "Ms. Pac-Man - Special Colour Edition [Modello DMG-AQCP-EUR]" (1999)

    Nintendo Game Boy Advance
    [US] "Namco Museum [Modello AGB-ANME-USA]" (10 giu. 2001)
    [JP] "Namco Museum [Modello AGB-ANMJ-JPN]" (dec.7, 2001)
    [EU] "Namco Museum [Modello AGB-ANMP-EUR]" (dec.7, 2001)
    [US] "Namco Museum - 50th Anniversary [Modello AGB-B5NE-USA]" (aug.30, 2005)
    [EU] "Namco Museum - 50th Anniversary [Modello AGB-B5NP-EUR]" (31 mar. 2006)

    Sony PSP
    [JP] "Namco Museum [Modello ULJS-00012]" (24 feb. 2005)
    [US] "Namco Museum Battle Collection [Modello ULUS-10035]" (aug.23, 2005)

    [US] Atari 800 (1982) "Ms. Pac-Man [Modello RX8043]"
    [US] Apple II (1983)
    [EU] Commodore C64 (1983)
    [US] Commodore C64 (1983) "Ms. Pac-Man [Modello RX8545]"
    [US] PC [Booter] (1983)
    [US] Commodore VIC-20 (1983)
    [US] Texas Instruments TI-99/4A (1983)
    Tandy Color Computer (1983) "Miss Gobbler"
    Tandy Color Computer (1984) "Ms. Maze"
    [EU] Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1984)

    PC [MS Windows]
    [JP] "Namco History Vol.3" (june.9, 1998)
    [US] "Microsoft Revenge of Arcade" (31 lug. 1998)
    [US] "Microsoft Return of Arcade Anniversary Edition" (2000)
    [US] "Namco Museum - 50th Anniversary" (25 ott. 2005)
    [AU] "Namco Museum - 50th Anniversary" (27 mar. 2006)
    [EU] "Namco Museum - 50th Anniversary" (19 mag. 2006)

    [US] [EU] Pac-Man Museum as DLC. (feb.25, 2014)
    [US] (apr.19, 2016) "Arcade Game Series - Ms. Pac-Man [Modello 403410]"

    • ALTRE:
    [US] VFD handheld game (1981) di Coleco
    [US] Gioco palmare LCD (1992) di Micro Games of America
    [US] Arcade (1998) "Galaxy Games StarPak 2"
    [US] Arcade (2001) "Ms. Pac-Man/Galaga - Class of 1981"
    [US] Telefoni cellulari (13 giu. 2003)
    [US] Ms. Pac-Man TV Game (2004) di Jakk's Pacific
    [US] Arcade (2005) "Pac-Man - 25th Anniversary Edition"
    [US] Ms. Pac-Man TV Game Wireless Version (2005) di Jakk's Pacific
    [US] Mobile Phone (5 gen. 2005) "Ms. Pac-Man for Prizes"
    [US] Apple iPod (feb.27, 2007) "Ms. Pac-Man [Modello 284736660]"
    [US] Apple iPhone (jul.9, 2008)
    [US] Blackberry (nov.23, 2009) "Ms. Pac-Man [Modello 4532]"
    [US] Windows Mobile (mar.23, 2010) "Ms. Pac-Man by Namco"
    [US] Arcade (2010) "Pac-Man's Arcade Party": included in home cabaret and cocktail models only
    [US] Apple iPhone/iPad (10 feb. 2011) "Ms. Pac-Man for iPad [Modello 404072981]"
    [US] Android Market (18 mar. 2011) di Namco
    [US] Arcade (2018) "Pac-Man's Pixel Bash": only available if the machine is set to Free Play

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