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Ms. Pac-Man

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Ms. Pac-Man
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
Publisher:
Sega Mega Drive
Tengen (US), Time Warner Interactive (EU),
Sega Master System
Tengen,
Sega Game Gear
Namco, Majesco (2000)
Developer:
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$? 301030-0150
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£19.99More...[3] T-48036-50
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F T-48036-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? T-48036-50
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas T-48036-50



Sega Master System
UK
£29.99More...[4] 301030-0160
Sega Master System
FR
?F 301030-0160
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? 301030-0160
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas 301030-0160
Sega Master System
AU
$? 301030-0160
Sega Master System
BR
R$? ?



Sega Game Gear
US
$? T-14048
Sega Game Gear
US
(Majesco)
$? T-14048




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Ms. Pac-Man is a 1981 arcade game developed by Midway as an unlicensed modification of the original Pac-Man, before being taken by Namco as an official game. Its success caused the game to be ported to a plethora of platforms, including the Sega Mega Drive and Sega Master System in 1991 and the Sega Game Gear in 1993.

The Sega ports of Ms. Pac-Man can be confusing. Tengen originally brought the game to the Mega Drive in North America and the Master System in 1991, but four years later the game was brought to European Mega Drives by the successor to Tengen, Time Warner Interactive (although the ROM still credits Tengen). The Game Gear port was handled in-house by Namco and was released twice - initially in 1993, and then re-released by Majesco in 2000.

Gameplay

Players move through a maze gobbling up Pac-Dots while avoiding ghosts. If a big dot (Power Pellet) is eaten by the player, ghosts become edible and if eaten their eyes depart from the body and flee to the center of the maze, where they can claim a new body. Occasionally fruit and other objects float through the maze and give bonus points if eaten.

On the Mega Drive and Master System versions there are many new extras. There are four types of mazes: Arcade, Strange, Big, and Mini. A Pac Booster ability can be turned on and off, which gives the player a boost when pressing a button. There is also two-player simultaneous feature in which the first player will play Ms. Pac-Man and the second will play the original Pac-Man. This can be done in cooperative or competitive modes. The game also would end at level 32 in which a game ending would be displayed. The "fruit" selection is also expanded and objects such as shoes could be eaten for greater points than fruit in the arcade version.

This game doesn't have good compatibility with the Six Button Control Pad, in this case meaning that Ms. Pac-Man responds badly to direction changes. Hold the Mode button when booting up the system to switch to 3-button mode and fix this issue.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

  • Programmer: Stephane Leblanc
  • Graphics: Mike Bazzell
  • Music/Sounds: Earl Vickers
  • Music Player: Lisa Ching
  • Thanks to: Jeff Yonan, Franz Lanzinger


Magazine articles

Main article: Ms. Pac-Man/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: Ms. Pac-Man/Promotional material.

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
80 More...[6]
60 More...[7]
64 More...[3]
59 More...[8]
66
28 №18, p66
Sega Mega Drive
60
Based on
6 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
MsPacman md us cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, US (alt)

Mega Drive, US (cardboard box)
MsPacMan MD US Box Back Cardboard.jpgNospine.pngMsPacMan MD US Box Front Cardboard.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, EU
MsPacman md eu cover.jpg
Cover
MsPacman md eu cart.jpg
Cart

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
90 №13, p132
57 №2, p47
55
31 More...[9]
78
65 More...[10]
53 №54
45 №24, p138
92 More...[11]
75 More...[4]
72 More...[12]
Sega Master System
65
Based on
11 reviews

Master System, EU
MsPacMan SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
MsPacMan SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Ms. Pac-Man SMS EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, AU
MsPacMan SMS AU Box.jpg
Cover
MsPacMan SMS AU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, BR
MsPacMan SMS BR Box.jpg
Cover
MsPacmanSMSBrCart.jpg
Cart

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
Sega Game Gear
Division by zero.
Based on
0 review

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Game Gear, US
MsPacMan GG US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngMsPacMan GG US Box Front.jpg
Cover
MsPacMan GG US Cart.jpg
Cart
Ms. Pac-Man GG US Manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, US (Majesco)
MsPacMan GG US Box Back Majesco.jpgNospine.pngMsPacMan GG US Box Front Majesco.jpg
Cover
MsPacMan GG US Cart Majesco.jpg
Cart
Ms. Pac-Man GG US Manual (Majesco).pdf
Manual

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 af041be6
MD5 cfe7f3023b21bcf697bcf5e1be461ee7
SHA-1 29fff97e19a00904846ad99baf6b9037b28df15f
128kB 1991-03 Cartridge (US/EU)
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 3CD816C6
MD5 E492A237F62EA6A5B7E71FF1A3FC0F33
SHA-1 4DD7CB303793792EDD9A4C717A727F46DB857DAE
128kB Cartridge (EU)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 5EE88BD5
MD5 D65E3350CBA32A42D54130C356FEB2A8
SHA-1 DBBA762B62E786BE2C1DF30A595CF3BC11B106C5
128kB Cartridge (US)

References


Ms. Pac-Man
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Pac-Man games for Sega systems
Sega Game Gear
Pac-Man (1991) | Ms. Pac-Man (1993) | Pac-Attack (1994)
Sega Master System
Ms. Pac-Man (1991) | Pac-Mania (1991)
Sega Mega Drive
Ms. Pac-Man (1991) | Pac-Mania (1991) | Pac-Attack (1993) | Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures (1994)
Sega Dreamcast
Ms. Pac-Man Maze Madness (2000)