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Ms. Pac-Man

Ms. Pac-Man - Japanese Title

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Name: Ms. Pac-Man
Manufacturer: Midway Manufacturing Co.
Year: 1981
Type: Videogame

Class: Wide Release
Genre: Labyrinth/Maze
Monitor:

  • Orientation: Vertical
  • Type: Raster: Standard Resolution
  • CRT: Color
Conversion Class: Namco Galaxian
Game Specific: Ms. Pac-Man Pinout
Settings: Ms. Pac-Man Dipswitch Settings

Number of Simultaneous Players: 1
Maximum number of Players: 2
Gameplay: Alternating
Control Panel Layout: Single Player
Controls:

  • Joystick: 4-way (up, down, left, right)

Sound: Amplified Mono (one channel)

Cabinet Styles:

  • Upright/Standard
  • Cocktail
  • Cabaret/Mini
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Ms. Pac-Man Description

Ms. Pac-Man was produced by Midway Manufacturing Co. in 1981.

Midway Manufacturing Co. released 132 different machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1959.

Other machines made by Midway Manufacturing Co. during the time period Ms. Pac-Man was produced include Kick, Kick-Man, Ms. Pac-Man Plus, Bosconian, Omega Race, Space Invaders Deluxe, Pac-Man, Space Invaders II, Extra Bases, and Rally-X.

Ms. Pac-Man must eat all the dots in a maze in order to advance to the next stage. She's chased by killer ghosts but she can eat them while powered up after eating one of four large dots. Bonus points are awarded for eating the fruits and snacks that appear and wander the maze.

Ms. Pac-Man - KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.89 (21 votes)

 Personal Impressions Score: 4.04

     Overall 'Like': 4.25
     Fun (Social): 4.06
     Fun (Solo): 4.15
     Collector Desire: 4.00 
Technical Impressions Score: 3.87

     Gameplay: 4.60
     Graphics: 4.05
     Originality: 3.20
     Sound/Music: 3.60

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, "Like" carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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Cabinet Information

On most Ms PacMan cabinets, the side art and front art is painted on. However, on the last production run of the game, adhesive sticker art was used instead of paint. This leads many to believe that legitimate stickerart IMs. PacManI cabinets are bootlegged or use reproduction art, when in fact they often do not. Incidentally, the most commonly available reproduction set of side art and front art for IMs. PacManI was created using the later sticker version of the cabinet as a template. Therefore, the reproductions look slightly out of place when applied to older painted cabinets, due to the fact that they use deeper colors and have slightly different art.

Cabinet Style Weights and Measures

Type
Upright/Standard
Cocktail
Cabaret/Mini

Conversion

A variety of different speedup options have been made available to enhance the game. These range from simple ROM swaps to the addition of subboards, hacks or custom circuitry.

Game Introduction

The game is a lot like Pac-Man except that it has four different mazes that change once every two to four screens instead of just one maze throughout the entire game. Also the fruits and prizes walk around the maze instead of appearing at the same spot in the middle of the maze. These bonus items include cherries, strawberries, peaches, pretzels, apples, pears and bananas.

Hacks

ULLIIBlob MuncherI Changes Ms. PacMan into a blob.LIIMr. PacManI Lets you play as the original PacMan character.LIIMs. PacMan 2600I Changes the graphics to make it more like the Atari 2600.LIIMs. PacMan NES MazesI Changes the maze to make it look more like the NES version.LIIMs. PacMan RenaissanceI Changes the graphics to make them look better.LIIMs. PacMortemI A grusome hack of the original.LIIMs. PacRumbleI Makes the mazes harder.LIIMs. YakManI Characters to make them look more like llamas and sheep.LIISnowy Day Ms. PacManI Has a Christmas theme.UL

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Ms. Pac-Man Census

There are 10,226 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 8,291 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 136,611 machines (6,073 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 845 known instances of this machine owned by Ms. Pac-Man collectors who are active members. Of these, 713 of them are original dedicated machines, 29 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet, and 103 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 25 active VAPS members with Ms. Pac-Man machines for sale. There are 12 active VAPS members with extra Ms. Pac-Man circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - Very Popular - There are 44 active VAPS members currently looking for Ms. Pac-Man.

This game ranks a 100 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 77 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often wanted, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are NOT necessarily indications of value. [More Information]

Technical

The game use a Z80 microprocessor and a Namco 3channel PSG for sounds.

Trivia

This game, originally called ICrazy OttoI, was an elaborate enhancement of IPacManI created by a small company called General Computer Corporation. GCC pitched the title to Bally Midway who bought it and, after some minor changes, changed the game into IMs. PacManI. Bally Midway ultimately turned over the rights to Namco in an effort to appease them and not lose the licensing rights to future titles. Namco did ultimately stop licensing games to Bally Midway due to the release of Midways other unauthorized titles such as IPacMan PlusI, IBaby PacManI, and IJr. PacManI.PDespite being released in the early 1980s, the game continues to retain its popularity among players. Machines can still be found almost everywhere including most arcades or amusement centers in the United States.PIn 2000, Ms. PacMan was selected as the spokesgame character for the National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations httpwww.nabco.org . The character now wears a pink ribbon in addition to her traditional pink bow.

Legacy

  1. Pac-Man
  2. Ms. Pac-Man
  3. Super Pac-Man
  4. Pac-Man Plus
  5. Baby Pac-Man
  6. Jr. Pac-Man
  7. Pac & Pal
  8. Pac-Land
  9. Pac-Mania
  10. Pac-Man V R

Manuals

  1. Pac-Man Plus Conversion Kit  20 Pages, 3.8 MB File.
  2. Parts and Operating Manual  35 Pages, 3.6 MB File.
  3. Manual  35 Pages, 3.6 MB File.
  4. Schematic  16 Pages, 1.5 MB File.
  5. Schematics and Wiring Diagrams  34 Pages, 2.3 MB File.
  6. Parts and Operating Manual  91 Pages, 10.2 MB File.
  7. Trouble Shooting Logic Board Part I  9 Pages, 666 kB File.
  8. Trouble Shooting Logic Board Part II  66 Pages, 4.6 MB File.
  9. Trouble Shooting Logic Board Part II  74 Pages, 5.7 MB File.

Foto-Finder™ (books)

  1. Arcade Treasures, Kurtz (ISBN 088740619X): Page: 109; Color photo; Price guide: 1994
  2. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games, Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256): Page: 123; Color photo;
  3. Arcade Fever, Sellers (ISBN 0762409371): Page: 78; Color photo; Price guide:
  4. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games, Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256): Page: 123; Color photo; Price guide:

Video Clips


    Ms. Pac-Man (Arcade)

    Bally Midway MS PACMAN with HIGH GLOSS BLACK

    MS.PAC-MAN (HQ) ARCADE ORIGINAL GAME BOARD

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Additional References
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  1. The Arcade Flyer Archive (TAFA): Ms. Pac-Man Flyer #707    
  2. The Arcade Flyer Archive (TAFA): Ms. Pac-Man Flyer #5164    
  3. The Arcade Flyer Archive (TAFA): Ms. Pac-Man Flyer #4842    
  4. The Arcade Flyer Archive (TAFA): Ms. Pac-Man Flyer #2060    
  5. The Arcade Flyer Archive (TAFA): Ms. Pac-Man Flyer #3498    
  6. The Arcade Flyer Archive (TAFA): Ms. Pac-Man Flyer #4686    

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