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     Ms. Pac-Man FAQ  v2.0              by Don Williams
       Note: { messages in braces are notes I have added to the original 
       document. Sometimes, we refer to the ninth key, in this case we are 
       not really talkning about keys. Ms. Pac-Man has no keys. The ghost 
       speeds, pacman speeds, and energizer lengths of effects are
       identical to the original PacMan game. The ninith key reference is
       making this correlation - Don Williams}
       Editor's note: There are .jpgs associated with this file.  You may go to
       http://members.tripod.com/~gamesmuseum/games/mspacman/mspacprj  to get to
       2nd version. (r2)
       Dear friends:
       Thank you for purchasing our manuscript on Ms. Pac-Man. At points in
       our descriptions you may become confused or have further questions. If
       this is the case just give (spencer ouren) a call at (406) 443-1217
       between 7pm and 10pm (MST). I am sure i can answer any questions.
       {editors note - Spencer Ouren 1964-1992 RIP}
       Gratefully yours,
       Spencer R. Ouren
       Some of the letters have been quite interesting. We have not played
       many games since last summer and our high scores at that point still
       stand. For some of you this manuscript will be a great benefit, others
       may not be advanced enough to use it, and still others may find it
       just interesting. Thank-you all so much for your curiosity.
       Don williams
       If Tom were with us i am sure he would have something to say, but he
       is lost somewhere in the twilight zone (California). Keep in touch.
                      Order of information ( Table of Contents )
       { Table of contents and section headers have been changed }
    I.       General setup of game.
      A.        Game Layout
      B.        Perfect Game
      C.        Fruit and The Pretzel
    II.      Ghost characterization.
      A.        Reversals
      B.        Speed
      C.        Begining of Mazes
      D.        Decisions
      E.        The Ghost
        1.         Red
        2.         Pinky
        3.         Green
        4.         Sue
    III.     The boards
      A.        Junior
        1.         Energizers and Hold
        2.         Eating Energizers
        3.         Clearing board 21 and similar
        4.         Hints
          a.          Hold
          b.          Grouping
          c.          Misc.
      B.        Chase
        1.         Energizers and Hold
        2.         Eating Energizers
        3.         Clearing board 21 and similar
        4.         Hints
          a.          General
          b.          board 22 and up.
      C.        They Meet
        1.         Openning
        2.         Grouping
          a.          Bottom
          b.          Top
        3.         Energizers
        4.         Hints
      D.        First and second board.
    IV.      General hints
    I. General Setup of Game
      I. A. Game Layout
             Blue Time
    Maze   ( in seconds)    fruit    ms. Speed
    A           6           cherry       slow
    A           5          strawberry    slow
    ACT     I:   They Meet
    B           4            peach       slow
    B           3           pretzel      slow
    B           2            apple       fast
    ACT     II:  The Chase
    C           5            pear        fast
    C           2           banana       fast
    C           2           random       fast
    C           1           random       fast
    ACT     III: Junior
    D           4           random   fast
    D           2           random   fast
    D           1           random   fast
    D           1           random   fast
    ACT     III: Junior
    C           3           random       fast
    C           1           random       fast
    C           1           random       fast
    C         none          random       fast
    ACT     III: Junior
    D           1           random   fast
    D         none          random       fast
    D         none          random       fast
    D         none          random       slow
    C         none          random       slow
    C         none          random       slow
    C         none          random       slow
    C         none          random       slow
    D         none          random       slow
       etc.. To maze 138
      I. B. Perfect Game (Scoring)
    Board         Dots    Fruit   Monsters     Total
    Cherry       2,400      200    12,000     14,600
    Strawberry   2,400      400    12,000     29,400
    Peach        2,600    1,000    12,000     45,000
    Pretzel      2,600    1,400    12,000     61,000
    Apple        2,600    2,000    12,000     77,600
    Pear         2,580    4,000    12,000     96,180
    Banana       2,580   10,000    12,000    120,760
    8            2,580    2,700*   12,000    138,040
    9            2,580    2,700    12,000    155,320
    10           2,540    2,700    12,000    172,560
    11           2,540    2,700    12,000    189,800
    12           2,540    2,700    12,000    207,040
    13           2,540    2,700    12,000    224,280
    14           2,580    2,700    12,000    241,560
    15           2,580    2,700    12,000    258,840
    16           2,580    2,700    12,000    276,120
    17           2,580    2,700      n/a     281,400
    18           2,540    2,700    12,000    298,640
    19           2,540    2,700      n/a     303,880
    20           2,540    2,700      n/a     309,120
    21           2,540    2,700      n/a     314,360
        etc.. To maze 136
    136          2,540    2,700      n/a     914,040
       * based on random fruit
      I. C. The Fruit and the Pretzel
       Unlike Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man has a selection of only seven fruit.
       Actually one is not fruit, but still provides those extra points. The
       value of the fruit increases rapidly, but after the seventh maze
       something interesting happens. Every maze, from the 8th to the 136th,
       produces random fruit. The random quality has of the fruit has been a
       long-burning question among players everywhere (anyone out there got a
       clue?). An entire book alone could be written listing various methods
       used to try to force bananas to appear. The programmer has done a fine
       job of randomizing the fruit. {I could be persuaded by the first
       person :) - Don }
    Fruit        Points
    Cherry         100
    Strawberry     200
    Peach          500
    Pretzel        700
    Apple        1,000
    Pear         2,000
    Banana       5,000
       There are two fruits for each maze. The first fruit appears after 64
       dots have been eaten. The second appears when there are 66 dots left
       on the board. There can be no more than two fruits. It is possible to
       have only one fruit appear for a given board.
       The fruit will bounce around one of several paths. Become familiar
       with them for eating the fruit is an essential part of high scoring.
       The fruit will always enter and exit a tunnel on one of many
       predetermined paths. During the later stages of the game, the score
       from eating the fruit will make up one-half of the possible points.
    II. Monster Characters
       { These charactorizations are valid for the original game, as well as
       some of the other sequels, found in the arcades. They do not
       necessarily hold true for game machines, such as Super Nintendo }
       Understanding the habits of the monsters is an invaluable tool for
       mastery of the game. Spending time to learn the general rules and
       putting them into practice will be rewarding. Simple movements when
       executed with a steady hand and mind can amaze those who are watching.
       In a free-lance situation nothing can be more helpful than having an
       idea of where the monsters are going to go.
       The most important reason for knowing monster character is to develop
       routines, hiding places (holds), grouping techniques, and leading to
       energizers { for a 3,000 point addition } are all results of character
       study. The methods presented in this text are not the only
       possibilities. With help from this chapter you can develop your own
       methods more suitable to your needs.
       Several ideas will be brought out here including: reversals; speed;
       direction; individuality; and the "red fake".
      II. A. Reversals
       Doubleback, pattern switch, snap, and turn around are all common names
       for the same thing. I will call this event a reversal. A reversal is
       simply when alt four monsters simultaneously reverse their direction
       without loss of speed. This can be dangerous movement especially if
       you happen to be behind a monster at the time.
       A reversal will occur only for two distinct reasons: 1) natural
       occurrence; 2) upon eating an energizer.
       Natural reversals occur during the play of each individual maze. Two
       of these are present very quickly. The first reversal is only five
       seconds into the play of the maze. The second reversal is twenty
       seconds later. The next reversal will: occur after approximately 20
       minutes, and thereafter every 20 min. However, it is highly unusual
       for anyone to stay on one maze for more than 10 minutes. Thus, in
       practice, you will not witness the third reversal.
       Upon the completion of a maze the natural reversal timer is reset. In
       other words, each maze will have its own set of identical reverses
       regardless of any previous action. The natural reversal timer resets
       after death.
       Reversals are also created by eating en energizer. In most cases the
       monsters will turn blue and in some cases they will not; nevertheless,
       they will always perform a reversal. These (energizer reversals can
       only affect the natural reversal timer in one way: after that the
       second natural reversal is three seconds in the future at that time
       you eat an energizer turning the monsters blue for five seconds. Since
       blue (monsters never naturally reverse the required reversal must be
       postponed! Indeed during the monsters' blue time the natural reversal
       timer is not running. The reversal thus occurs five seconds later.
      II. B. Speed
       First let us consider how fast Ms. Pac-Man travels compared to the
       monsters. At the beginning of each board there is a de-finite
       relationship. It is important to note that all four monsters travel at
       exactly the same speed until a later stage of the maze.
       Speed relationships beginning of the maze
    Mazes       Comments
      1       Ms. Pac-Man slightly faster
    #2-#4     Speeds nearly equal
    #5-#20    Monsters slightly faster
    #21+      Monsters faster
       Ms. Pac-men is slowed when eating dots and can be caught much quicker.
       She can, however, corner much better than the monsters. In fact, she
       can corner so much better she can gain a lot of ground very quickly by
       turning several quick corners. This phenomenon is nor as pranced after
       the 20th maze.
       The most important element concerning monster speed is that of 'cruise
       elroy', the term (cruise elroy' is not import-ant. But i have yet to
       hear a more creative name. It will be necessary to define the 'red
       point' thus: the red point is that number of dots left on the maze at
       which red begins a faster pace than the rest of the monsters.
       [DEL: Red point-- example of red point--- (third maze) :DEL] { I don't
       remember what this meant }
    Maze     red point dots left    % of normal speed*
    #1         (non existent)           100   100
    #2-#5           7                    70   100
    #6-#8          39                    40   100
    #9-#11         49                    39   105
    #12-#14        59                    30   110
    #12-#14        69                    20   115
    #15-#17        79                    10   120
    #18 up         89                     5   125
       * estimates for comparisons { not necessarily acurate to true game
       speeds, only aproximate}
       Notice. By the chart, that. The first maze has no red point. The
       strawberry board however has a red point of 7. This means that if 8
       dots remain on the strawberry board all four monsters will still
       travel exactly the same speed. If one dot is eaten the red point has
       been reached and red will speed up slightly. If more dots are eaten
       red will move slightly faster yet.
       When red speeds up he { well at least we fondly called him this :) }
       is fondly nicknamed 'cruise elroy'.
      II. C. Decision Points
       Remember that the monsters are not even a little intelligent they know
       very little about their surroundings. They do not know what the maze
       looks like. Only when they have a choice of directions. When they turn
       their eyes turn before they do. The decision point is where the
       monster makes her decision to turn.
       The above paragraph is very important. It will: be used to explain and
       describe other things later in this chapter. Make sure you completely
       understand each idea.'
      II. D. Beginning a Maze
       There seems to be total chaos for the first 5 seconds of any maze.
       This is not altogether true. Each monster follows a predetermined
       Red and pink : follow a random path regardless of any action taken by
       the player.
       Green and sue: follow predetermined paths that never vary (just as in
       Pac-Man). On the first two mazes. However, most of this five seconds
       is spent in the box.
      II. E. The ghosts
        II. E. 1. Blinky - the Red Monster
       Red, known sometimes as blinky, is seen by many as the most aggressive
       and most dangerous. His nickname, 'shadow', amplifies this. His
       billing is too harsh, however. His movements are simple to describe
       and he can be easy to dodge.
       The first rule to remember is this: red always tries to shorten either
       the horizontal or vertical distance between him-self and Ms. Pac-Man,
       whichever is longer. This rule applies regardless of the maze
       In the example. See plate A { use top right of mazes 3,4,5 }, red is
       looking for Ms. Pac-Man.. She is coming up to point, which is a
       decision point. At point B { just left of top right energizer } red
       looks at point a to make her decisions. She notices that 5 dots
       separate her from Ms. Pac-Man { picture Ms Pac-Man 5 dots down the
       very top tunnel } horizontally likewise three dots separate point a
       from Ms. Pac-Man vertically therefore by the first rule, stated above.
       Red will take the horizontal path towards point F { traveling under Ms
       Pac-Man and beyond the energizer } . Notice that this is not
       advantageous to red in the least { Ms Pac-Man is in a complete
       different path, one level up }. It does; nevertheless follow the rule.
       Be careful in understanding this! The horizontal distance is greater
       so red chooses the horizontal path.
       This is the general. Idea governing all: of red's movements the
       question then arises: what if both the horizontal and vertical
       distances are equal this apparent dilemma is solved by red's priority
       order. Which is simply this: if red is faced with more than one
       possibility he chooses the direction with the highest priority (from
       highest to lowest: up. Left. Down. Right). So in our previous example
       if the distances had been equal then red would have turned up for up
       is of higher priority than to continue right { on the mazes given as
       example Ms Pac-Man would have been forced through the tunnel, to the
       other side of the board with Red in pursuit }
       In example A. Plate B. Red is at a decision point. He notices that
       both horizontal and vertical distances from point B to Ms. Pac-Man are
       the same. They are both 3 dots long. The rules say he must take the
       longer. But neither is longer! He then turns to his priority order .
       His options are to either go down or go to the right. He chooses to go
       In example B. Plate C, the same situation arises. Except now red's
       choices are left or down. Since left is of higher priority she
       continues to the left. When she reaches intersection d she waste no
       time in capturing Ms. Pac-Man.
       In example C, plate D, red has the interesting option to go up or down
       at D. Following the priority order we find that up is of a higher
       priority red turns up.
       An important fact to bear in mind is that red performs his actions.
       Without regard to any other monsters. As you will see the green one is
       not this way.
        II. E. 2. Pinky - The Pink Monster
       Pink has been erroneously nicknamed speedy. At no time is she ever any
       faster than the other ghosts. She is however very crafty and very
       harmless. Her movements are not as simple to predict. An interesting
       observation about pink is that she can make quick decisions. This
       means that her decision point seems to be closer to the intersection
       than red. The truth of the preceding statement is a matter of much
       debate and we will leave it up to the reader. Another point of debate
       concerning pink is the existence of her memory in some instances it
       appears that pink is guided only by a past knowledge of the movements
       of Ms. Pac-Man. In other words pink wilt do two different things in
       the same situation depending on how that situation was reached. All
       questions aside let us lay down some ground rules to describe the
       behavior of pink. The first section will deal with pink while Ms.
       Pac-Man is stationary. The second section will deal with moving
       Pink is rarely a danger. But is better described as a bother. When Ms.
       Pac-Man is stationary she is accurately described as stupid.
       The first rule to remember is this: when pink is very distant from Ms.
       Pac-Man she becomes like red. Very distant means a good two-thirds the
       distance across the bottom of the board. This means that pink follows
       all of the rules governing the actions of red. If pink is closer her
       movements can be altered by the player.. Furthermore, if pink is in
       the near vicinity of Ms. Pac-Man. She is very controllable.
       When Ms. Pac-Man is stationary pink will try her best to move in front
       of her. Mote that in each example here pink moves to the front of Ms.
       Pac-Man. Notice that at each intersection pink makes the choice to get
       in front Ms. Pac-Man. (see plates e1-e4). However pink has no choice
       but follow to the corner. The end of an arrow along with the beginning
       of the next represents a decision.
       What does pink do if she is already in front of Ms. Pac-Man? Example d
       shows that pink is quite bashful. This example has many exceptions and
       is generally not of much use. This behavior is more typical of the
       next section.
       While Ms. Pac-Man is in motion pink still retains her desire to get in
       front of her. Pink is also noted for her parallel running as is
       illustrated in example e. If pink is trailing Ms. Pac-Man very closely
       she will not loose the trail.
       Example e shows pink's desire to heed off Ms. Pac-Man had pink been
       much closer to the intersection marked i she would have turned into
       it. Thus, being in front of Ms. Pac-Man had pink been much farther
       behind she would follow the indicated path.
       As mentioned pink will not loose the trail of Ms. Pac-men if she is
       very close. Notice, however that in example f pink is easily tricked.
       In this case pink is net very close to Ms. Pac-Man. When Ms. Pac-Man
       turns to the right, pink in an effort to get in front also turns
        II. E. 3. Inky - The Green Monster
       Inky, or green, is by far the most complicated monster. Her behavior
       is so complex that at best a brief description will be given.
       The character of green is dependent on her position relative to red.
       When green is very close to red. Green takes on a character nearly
       identical to red. As green moves away from red, her own personal
       characteristics become visible. When green is distant from red she
       becomes unique in her actions. It is this character that i will
       describe here.
       Just as red has a priority order so has green. Hers, how-ever; is
       quite different. The direction most preferred by green is right
       followed by left. Down, and up. Green follows all of the rules set
       down in the section on red's priority order. Green uses her own
       priority order provided that red is distant..
       Just as pink tries to stay in front of Ms. Pac-Man, green tries to
       stay on the flank. She is a very good parallel runner. If green has
       the option to turn wide or to cut in she will turn wide. This is
       illustrated on plate f.
       Green also has the distinction of being very bashful. The best
       examples are plate 61.62. It must be remembered that red cannot be too
       close to the action. The direction of Ms. Pac-men must also be
       unwavering. She cannot deviate from a straight and steady course. A
       common cause of death in a situation like this is panic. Moving the
       joystick wildly does not confuse the monsters!. It simply leaves to
       chance what you could have had complete control over.
       Plate h shows greens true cowardice this is not indicative of all
       similar situations, but is useful as a last resort escape. You will
       also find that plate D, in the pink section , is a useful tool with
       green. This situation also has exceptions end should not be trusted
       without testing.
        II. E. 4. Sue - The Brown Monster
       Sue is the easiest monster to describe. She is infallibly predictable.
       Her movements are not random. The following sentence describes sue's
       character in its entirety:
       She follows a particular predetermined course dependent only upon the
       position of Ms. Pac-Man the examples are many. It should be sufficient
       to let the reader explore for himself. In this way you will become
       more familiar with her 'habits'.
    III. Boards
      III. A. The Junior Boards
       {These are the first set of boards that occur afte the the Jr.
       cartoon. This refers to bothe the dark blue and brown boards, with the
       exits to the side of the ghost start box. }
        III. A. 1. Energizers and Holds
       Then energizers and where located on board: #1 is below point 45
       (refer to plate #4); #2 is below point 46; #3 is above point 5 (also
       known as sues corner); #4 (is above point 11. We suggest that you
       leave energizer 1 till last, eating the other three in any order. To
       prevent cruise elroy you should leave many dots. On the first two
       boards you can eat all of the bottom if you leave the top dots (except
       for the necessary dots). On the third and fourth junior boards you
       need to leave about 12 to 20 dots on the bottom, following the same
       top rule. The next time the junior boards come around you need to
       leave 30 -40 dots on the bottom.
       There is one hold on this board with two variations. The first
       variation places you in position #9 facing down. Only three monster
       will be together in this hold: red, green, pinky. The groups pattern
       will be 1,2,4,6,7. Sue's pattern will be 4,27,22,21,15,14,8,6. The
       second variation is identical except that sue is with the group... To
       change from one variation to another it is very simple. To go from
       variation one to variation two, wait until sue and the group cross at
       4, wait for group to get to 7. Move directly to 8. Wait for sue to
       decide from 22 to 27, move back to 9. From variation 2 to variation
       one, wait till group at 1. Move to 8, when group nearing 2 move toward
       6 (sue should travel up). Return to 9. Sue will now travel
       2,3,28,26,27,4 . When sue is at 27 move to 8. When sue is at 2 move to
        III. A. 2. How to eat the energizers
       Energizer #1 (see above). You want hold variation 2. The best
       situation would put sue and red one body length behind the other two
       ghosts. When ghost get to 7 take the following path to the energizer:
       9,8,14,15,16,18,29,3o,31,34,33,4o,41,45 (non-stop). The ghost will
       follow on path: 7,1,2,4.27,22,23.20, 19,36,35**47,37,39,4o,41,47 (**
       sue will deviate here to a path). You will arrive
       first at the energizer. When the group is nearly on to of you eat the
       energizer then the ghosts.
       Energizer #2. You also want hold variation 2 here. The best group puts
       only sue one body length behind. When the ghosts are at 7 start a
       9,8,14,15,16,18,29,3o,33 { I think this is an error in the original
       manuscript, should be 30,31,34,33-don} (wait for pink to go up at 35.
       But watch sue she will turn if you do not leave soon enough).32,46.
       The ghost will travel along a 20,19,36,35,47.37,38,36,19,
       18.29,30***,46 (*** sue deviates to go to 31). Eat energizer as soon
       as ghost almost on top of dot. On boards 12.13.18 you are cautioned against
       chasing sue if she travels down at 30.
       Energizer #3. For this energizer you want all the ghosts traveling in
       hold variation 2. With the group close to one ghost. When ghosts in
       between 7 and 1 move to 7. Wait till ghost come down at 4. Then move
       to 5. Let ghosts get close and turn to eat them.
       Energizer #4. For this energizer you want the ghosts in hold variation
       1. When sue and group cross near 8 and 6 move to 10. Fake up and stall
       here. This will let pink and green to come down the channel at 10-13.
       When they do this move to 11 (watch sue). Wait for ghost to get near
       then eat energizer end turn to eat the ghosts. Path of group:
       7,1,2,4,6,8.14,13, 10.11; path of sue 8,6,4,27,22,21,15,14,8,9,10,13. **
       ** if you get a cruise elroy before eating all four energizers try to
       eat less dots. It is very important to eat the ghost. Try to eat
       energizer 1 last. Especially on the 18th board
        III. A. 3. Clearing Technique for 21st end all similar boards
       Get all the ghost grouped. Remember you will travel faster if you can
       eat some dots in paths you will be using (i.e. The path around the
       tunnel). For this technique to work it will be necessary to eat some
       dots before putting the group in the hold to start a pattern. These
       paths are:
       44,43,42,39,37,47,35,34,31 ,30,29
       26,27 ,4,6,8, 9
       The tunnel wilt be useful to get rid of some of these dots. For more
       on how to get rid of these see further hints. (put the group in hold
       variation 1 then follow given path. Be prepared to freelance if
       necessary. Path: 9(1).
       32.46(4),30,29(5),44,45.41 .40.41 .,40(6),33,34,31,
       (1) wait until ghost pass to follow.
       (2) return here immediately wait for ghost to 7
       (3) wait till red *almost* turns right at 14
       (4) wait till group in 40.33 path
       (5) leave from right side to left side of tunnel when red is at 18 or
       just before
       (6) most dangerous task left (clear bottom) ** you may need to wing it
       from here.
        III. A. 4. Jr Hints
          III. A. 4. a. From The Hold
       Problem : want to move pink up four body lengths or she breaks off in
       faking sue.
       Solution: flip right then left at 9 and pink will pass over head.
       Works anytime pink comes down 14-18 path.
       From variation 2 to move sue and/or pink up four just follow the ghost
       around path
       To move sue back four body lengths wait at 7 till group at 4. Move
       back to hold (
       Green must be within one body length of red for the holds to work.
          III. A. 4. b. Grouping
       On the junior boards. You group the ghosts(pink, red, and green)
       before going to the hold. You can group sue once at the hold.
       Start the boards by heeding to the bottom right tunnel cross through
       to 28. Wait for the first double back. Then get pink, red, and green
       to left half of board. Go to 17 and start going
       17,16,18,29,44,25,26,28,17,etc. Stall at 28-17 and 29-44 to get as
       many ghosts as possible to follow you. After the second double beck,
       reverse the path in the tunnels. Get as many ghost to follow you as
       possible. Once you get red . Green. And pink to follow you in and out
       of every tunnel you can start to refine the group. You can be in
       either 17-17 pattern above. Although the second is better.
       When going from the bottom right to the bottom left tunnel take in the
       ghosts closets to you. But don't allow the beck ghost to follow( this
       is done by being on the right side of the tunnel for the first ghost
       and the left side for the back ghosts)
       The front ghosts will go 16-17-28-25-44 , right behind you and the
       back ghosts will go 16,15,21,20,23,24,25,44 and start following you
       The back ghosts will pick up one body length on the front ghosts. This
       can be repeated until the desired group is obtained. (i.e. Pink. Red
       and blue are all together).
       Watch sue very carefully in grouping this way. She may follow you into
       a tunnel or she may harass you when you are following a
       17.28.26... path watch when you are 28 and 26 for sue at
       23-24, for at this point she will come over to position 25. Which is
       in your path.
       If you have a ghost pink. Green. End red 4 body lengths ahead you can
       group without using a 17-17 cycle. This is done by being in the lower
       tunnel 17-28. The ghost will travel near the box when grouped. If you
       are on the 17 side when they reach 19 they will go to 18, instead of
       if you when they pass 20 they will go At this point
       they will turn to 25 if you are on the 28 side, else they will cycle
       the box. Experiment with this for a while and it will become clear.
       To move to the hold from 28 you have several choices:
       Group at 23, move 17,16,15,14 (or Let ghost follow
       you through the tunnel at 17. Mover 17.28.26.
   You may have to hesitate between 4 and 6 to keep pink from
       traveling 27-22.
          III. A. 4. c. Misc.
       To clear get the monsters to follow you through the
       tunnel at 28,25,44 and lead them around. The same is true of the right
       side symmetric to this path. Mirror the path.
       If you get to 47 before the ghost get to 39 coming from 29.
       44,43,42,39,37,47, the ghosts will go to 40.33.34. This gives you time
       to get the dots above the box.
       If in need don't forget the hold at 9.
       If being pursued across the top and some ghosts are
       (below you go all the way over to the edge of the screen or use
       40.33,34 (33.40.39) if safe.. Watch sue here. She wilt come up 43-45
       end use 18-29-31.
       Follow ghosts after second double beck. If desperate for a move.
       If ghosts above 2 crosses adjacent to the box going out to the edge of
       the screen. Travel below the tunnel to fake them into the top tunnel.
       If some ghosts are far enough behind you where you have a choice to
       take them in or not, (use this rule: if danger on the other side don't
       take them in otherwise do.
      III. B. The Chase boards
       { These are sometimes also refered to as the banana boards. They are
       the third and fifth set of boards, and beyond. Their colors are red
       and pink. }
        III. B. 1. Holds and Grouping
       Hold #1 : to get the ghosts into hold #1, make sure that red, green,
       and pink ghosts are above the 41,39,38,37,36,35,40,34 line. Then. Just
       sit at 41 facing up. The above three ghosts should go around a loop. Sue will usually go around a
       To group the ghosts. You first them into hold #l. Then. Gradually move
       them closer together. Using a short move. If the three are more than 5
       body length apart. Go through the tunnel to 34 and wait for a ghost to
       pass 46 but before he is at 48. Then go to the hold position. Repeat
       until: the three ghosts are within 5 body lengths. Now there are two
       basic grouping moves.
       #1 move: move ghosts two body lengths closer together:
       When front ghost or ghosts just about reach 53, move through tunnel to
       34 wait for the three ghosts to be between 46. And 48 and then return
       to the hold.
       In this move the front group should go 53.52,43,44.45,46, and back to
       the hold. The back group should go And back to the
       hold position.
       #2 move: move ghosts one body length closer together:
       When front group reaches 53. Go down end back up quickly. The front
       group should go 53,52,43,37,38,39,42,52,53,50, and back to hold. When
       the front group reaches between 37 and 38 go through the tunnel end
       wait until the new group reaches 50. Then go back to the hold
       position. The back group should go 53. 52,42,57,58,53.50 end back to
       the hold.
       The previous moves are the major moves used. But there are many
       others. Don't be afraid to use your own moves. The first thing to
       perfect is getting the ghosts above the 39.38.37,36,35.40 line. The
       second is to get pink, red, end green on top of each other.
        III. B. 2. How to eat the energizers
       One important move for three of the four energizers is getting sue up
       with the group. To do this takes split second timing end a little
       practice. When the group is at 42 and sue is just before 37 leave to
       34 and wait for the group of four ghosts to form end come to 46. The
       path of the three ghosts should be 42,57,58,53,50,44,45.46 and the
       path of sue should be 37.38,,45,46 to be a successful
       The top left energizer 1600: catch sue as mentioned before for a
       perfect group of three. When the group passes 46 leave back through
       the tunnel to 41 then to 39.42.60. Now, wait until ghosts about to eat
       you. Then go up to energizer end back to eat the ghost.
       The bottom left energizer 1600: catch sue. Wait for the group of four
       ghosts to pass 46. Go through tunnel end down to intersection 2 by
       passing the energizer.. Go up to 3 and sit. Facing right. When the
       ghosts pass 8 to sit at 4. Wait for ghosts, eat energizer and beck up
       to eat ghosts. The perfect group is all four ghosts on top of each
       The bottom right energizer 1600: catch sue. Wait for ghosts to pass
       46. Go Sit down at 10 until the group reaches 28.
       Move 10,11,14,16,17.18, 21. Wait for the ghost, eat energizer, back up
       to eat ghost. The perfect group is all four ghosts as one.
       The top right energizer 1600: wait for the group to be at 42 at the
       same time sue is at 28. Move 41,34,40 when sue is at 28. Stall about a
       half second(waiting for sue to be a half body length from 36). Move
       40,47,48,54,55,56, wait for all four ghosts end eat them on energizer.
        III. B. 3. Clean up
       To clean the top, wait for the group of three to reach 60. Move
       41,39,42,60,57. Stalling here is important, but not to long, move
       57,58,53 end to whatever top dots you went to get. Repeat until all
       top dots are gone.
       To clean the bottom: the last dots to be eaten should be those in the
       bottom left corner. Wait for the group to reach 60. Move
       41,30,7,8,6,10,11,15,12. Wait for the group to reach 2. Move to 13.
       Wait till ghost are at 2 again. Move 14,16,17,18,19. Wait for red to
       go from 14 toward 13. Move 20,21,22,23,33,34,41 and regroup. When all
       three reach 60 move 41,30,7,8,6,10,27,10 (stall a
       second),10,11,14,16,26,24, 25,32,33,34. Now get the bottom right hand
        III. B. 4. Chase hints
          III. B. 4. a. General Chase hints
       Start these boards by heeding directly to the top right tunnel. Do not
       go around the bottom loop! When cleaning up, don't bite off more then
       you can chew. (several passes are safer).
       If the red ghost has sped up start the moves with pink end green
       together end red about 3 body lengths behind. If a ghost follows you
       through the tunnel, drop down instantly to loose him.
          III. B. 4. b. 22nd and similar boards
       head to top right tunnel and group the ghosts. Wait for second double
       back. Clear bottom except bottom left corner first.
       Try to eat the two dots between 6 end 8 while doing hint 3 eat top
       left energizer by going 41,39,42,6o energizer end then back out the
       same way you entered.
       Get a group and clear top as you did before. Eat top right energizer
       by going 58,53,50,51,49,54,55,56, 47,40,34.41. Eat bottom left last by
       decoying the ghosts to the top right corner and use the tunnel to get
       down to the energizer a long time before them.
      III. C. Peach, Pretzel, Apple Boards
       { Don't get discouraged if the Apple board gives you problems. It is
       my humble opinion that after the boards we call the ninth key boards
       this is the toughest board. }
        III. C. 1. Opening
       Opening of the board: stay clear of the host maybe go to the top right
       hand tunnel at position 1. If red and green are together this is a
       hold position. You can group from this position. We do not group this
       way though, but you can develop techniques like many other people. {
       in later years i used this hold to group for the upper right - don }
        III. C. 2. Grouping
          III. C. 2. a. Bottom
       Use the tunnel efficiently to get the red, green and pink ghosts
       together. A helpful hint for grouping green and red is to sit at 2 or
       3 until greens eyes go up. Then go out the tunnel. If sue follows you
       out left tunnel move up and she will continue straight then down.
       Perfect the trick for green on the peach before attempting to do on
       apple. Use positions 2 and 3 to figure out other grouping moves (watch
       the ghost closely.) Pink is effected by the direction of Ms. Pac-man
       is facing on these boards.
          {III. C. 2. b. Top
       From the top hold it is actually fairly simple to group the ghosts.
       The closer Inky and Blinky are the better. To move a ghost up one
       position, wait for the other ghosts to commit to up around thier
       cycle, move Ms Pac Man to the right only long enough to attract the
       trailing ghost right and commit to the right. When the ghost has
       committed fully to the right, return to the hold. Inky will mimmic
       Pinky in this case, as long as you lead right, if Inky is not close
       enough to Red, you need to guide here right until she will line up
       with red. If you do not guide here she will catch you. }
        III. C. 3. Energizers
       Top right: when you get a group, get it to go 4,5,3 when the group is
       at 3 you should go through the tunnel and take the shortest path to
       8e. Now do not be afraid of sue. When the group is at 10 end sue is at
       7, then go eat the energizer and then the ghost.
       Top left: energizer: mirror the top right energizer. Except you will
       have to hope you will get sue because she is different on this side.
       Bottom energizers: these are basically simple once you have a group.
       We have confidence in you figuring out your own methods.
        III. C. 4. hints
       All you have to do is learn how to group the ghost. As grouped ghost
       are easily led into patterns. After the second double back it is safe
       to follow the ghost.
       If you leave all of the dote along the dashed path until the end you
       won't get a cruise elroy until you eat one of them
       A good pattern for clearing them is to get them into the hold for the
       top right energizer. When the group of 3 reaches 11. Do exactly what
       the arrows show.
      III. 4. The first two boards
       We will leave this as an exercise to learn to group. This will benefit
       you, and show you how wait you understand this paper. Hints to group:
       use the upper tunnels. Stay stationary against the walls here to watch
       ghost (do not fear sue here). (most energizers require that after you
       start all four ghost come together. For the bottom right energizer a
       slight hesitation at the bottom wilt help. There are two holds at the
       top of the board (sitting up against the left walls, this narrow it to
       three). Could make upper right energizer simple to get. Or allow you
       to buy a coke.
       { Ok, I take some of the exercise out of the first board: ( originally
       in Message to Dennis Brown , this is added in after the fact, but the
       italics was a bit much so it is in normal print )
       1) head to upper tunnel, you may eat some dots at bottom, but get to
       upper tunnel prior to the second reversal.
       2) wait in upper tunnel until second reversal.
       3) Now just practice going from one "L" to another, don't let the
       ghost follow you into the tunnel.
       4) The hardest ghost to control here will be inky, try to stay on one
       side long enough for her to rise above you, hopefully withing a half
       body length of red.
       5) Notice if the ghost are traveling above you they will drop on the
       other side of the "L" from you, this is a good time to travel to the
       other side.
       6) The pink ghost should fall in close to the others.
       7) Sue for the most part will not travel into your area of the board,
       though sometimes it will look like it -don't panic. There are a couple
       of situations where she will - usually from above.
       8) once you get the ghost "grouped" - dont worry about sue, but not
       her position. When sue is in the proper position ( you'll see ) and
       the ghost are going left to right, when the drop down on the "L" ( sit
       against the wall ), go through the tunnel and take the path most
       direct to sit above the upper left dot ( without eating it ). Wait for
       the ghost to get real close, then eat the energizer. You should not
       have to chase anyone real far.
       9) Regroup and go for the upper right. When the ghost are moving to
       the left, move to the upper right corner, but don't sit above the dot,
       come to rest just to the left. The three ghost should start cycling in
       the tunnel just to your left. If sue is not moving around the "L" on
       the right, wait till the others are going left, move right and then
       back again, this should change sue's cycle. Now when sue is going down
       and the others up, eat the dot, they will come back at you for another
       easy 3,000.
       10) regroup and now we will go after the dot in sue's coner ( lower
       left ). You will again need to judge a good location for sue to start
       your move thier. When the ghost are traveling right, after they cross
       the middle of the board go straight down the left side. take the
       second path down. move to sit under the dot. Once agian eat them when
       they are close. - If sue is ahead of the others by a 2 or more body
       lengths, move to the right - she will go left - follow her, then eat
       the dot.
       11) the lower right starts in the same fashion as the lower left, just
       travel to the left, when you reach the bottom and then move left and
       wait by the dot until they are close.
       When you understand and master these technigues you should be able to
       score 29400 by the time you finish the strawberry. }
    IV. General and most helpful hints
       1. Learn the ghost's characters and learn to use them to your
       2. Learn to group in you own ways. If you learn your own ways you know
       how to use them.
       3. Develope methods that will aid you once you have a group.
       4. Eat all four ghosts on every energizer. It is hard to clear very
       many mazes past 25.
       5. Don't get a "cruise elroy" until you have eaten all of the
       6. Be real patient. These techniques take a long time.
       7.. Points are hard to come by later in the game. Get all the points
       possible early in the game.
       8. Remember when you make a bad move the situation will probably show
       up again.
       9. Never take your hands off the joystick even in the worst
       situations. You may run through the ghost.