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Release year: 1996 | Players: 1-2 players | Developed by General Computer Corporation

Ms. Pac-Man (SNES)

Ms. Pac-Man (AKA ミズ・パックマン in Japan) is a 2D maze video game developed and published by Midway for the Super NES / SNES console in 1996. The game is widely considered as one of the most iconic games in history as it featured one of the first female characters to headline a game. So it’s a no brainer that we take a look at what made this game so much fun to play.

Here’s a little back story for you. This game was created by General Computer Corporation (GCC) as an upgrade to Pac-Man. Sadly, GCC was barred from creating unauthorized versions of published games so they sold the game to Namco’s American distributor of Pac-Man – Midway – and was renamed to Ms. Pac-Man.

Ms. Pac-Man Cover Box

Ms. Pac-Man Cover (SNES)

This game is practically the same as its male counterpart Pac-Man. The objective here is to try to get the highest score by eat all the pellets while evading the ghosts named Blinky, Inky, Pinky, and Sue. Bonus fruits that randomly appear on the map add spice to the gameplay.

In the event that Ms. Pac-Man is in a pinch, she may race to the nearest power pellet. When consumed, the power pellet will allow her to eat the ghosts for extra points for a limited time. Aside from the power pellet, players can use the Pac Booster that makes her move a whole lot faster. In exchange for the speed boost, she will be a little bit harder to control, but at least you won’t be playing the game entirely with the d-pad.

Speaking of control, this game has single- and two-player capabilities. For the two-player mode, gamers may choose to play cooperatively or competitively. In cooperative mode, players will be working together to get the highest combined score.

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On the other hand, it gets a bit complicated if they choose the competitive game mode. If player 1 (Ms. Pac-Man) eats the power pellet, player 2 (Pac-Man) will slow down and doesn’t have the ability to eat ghosts, leaving latter at a disadvantage.

The game features a total of 36 mazes including the original four seen in Pac-Man, offering nostalgia. The downside to this is that some of the maps are too “big” for the screen so there’s some screen-scrolling.

With the added features, Ms. Pac-Man is a nice game that could get you hooked for a long time. It presents a lot more challenges for its players that, depending on which game mode they choose, may strengthen or ruin their friendship.

Ms. Pac-Man game has been ported to Arcade, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 7800, Commodore 64, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Gear, iPod, iOS, NES, Sega Mega Drive, Super NES (this version), ZX Spectrum, Xbox Live Arcade

Ms. Pac-Man - Super Nintendo (SNES)
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