Review by Larcen Tyler

Reviewed: 10/14/02 | Updated: 10/14/02

Pac it in, baby!

In 1982, that yellow, round, hungry guy known as Pac-Man found someone he could call the love of his life: Ms. Pac-Man! Ms. Pac-Man took the world by storm, boasting new mazes, more food prizes to eat, and a new set of cinematic sequences that actually told a story, instead of just simply showing Pac-Man's encounter with a ghost here and there. While it was geared towards a female audience, men, women, and children alike delighted in this continuation of the game that had gotten them into the craze that would come a long way! Atari's even gone as far as to obtain the rights to the game series so that they can be published on their home systems. Wise choice, Atari!

Graphics: 10/10
Simple, yes, but they do the job. Ms. Pac-Man has a dimple on her cheek and a red bow on her head! The four ghosts, each with their own colors, still roam around the maze, their eyes indicating which way they're looking. The fruit prizes still float around the maze just like in the original game, and you'll still see those classic cinematic sequences when you reach certain points in the game!

Sounds: 10/10
That classic jingle you hear when you start your game? It's still there! The classic 'waka-waka-waka' when you eat the dots is still there. It's almost like owning the arcade machine in your own home. OK, back then that pitch might have worked a little better. Still, you can't get a better translation than this.

Controls: 10/10
Well, could it be any simpler? You guide Ms. Pac-Man around the maze with your joystick as she eats up all of those delicious dots, while dodging the ghosts, who are intent to have Ms. Pac-Man for dinner! Of course, Ms. Pac-Man can eat one of the flashing power pellets, which will turn the ghosts blue, giving Ms. Pac-Man the ability to eat the ghosts and earn points. Of course, those ghosts, now being reduced to a pair of floating eyes, will return to their generators to return to their ghost form and re-attack Ms. Pac-Man!

Replay: 10/10
The game gets harder and harder, and there's always the ability to see how high of a score you can get each time you play. You can also play solo, or with a friend. Any classic video game player would be proud to have this game in their collection!

Overall: 10/10
Ms. Pac-Man has to be one of the greatest classic games in history, along with Pac-Man himself. If you own an Atari 7800, then you owe it to yourself to Pac yourself a copy of this game!


Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

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