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































Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$? 301030-0150
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£19.99[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
£29.99 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



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 dots while avoiding ghosts. If a big dot (power pellet) is eaten by the player ghosts become eatable 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 compitability with Six Button Control Pad (Mega Drive), in this case meaning that Ms. Pacman responds badly to direction changes. Hold 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

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CVG UK 125.pdfCVG UK 125.pdf

PDF
Master System print advert in
Computer & Video Games (UK) #125: "April 1992" (1992-03-15)
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CVG UK 130.pdfCVG UK 130.pdf

PDF
Master System print advert in
Computer & Video Games (UK) #130: "September 1992" (1992-08-15)
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SegaVisions US 06.pdfSegaVisions US 06.pdf

PDF
Mega Drive print advert in
Sega Visions (US) #6: "Fall 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
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GamePro US 029.pdfGamePro US 029.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
GamePro (US) #29: "December 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #30: "January 1992" (199x-xx-xx)[4]
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SegaVisions US 07.pdfSegaVisions US 07.pdf

PDF
Mega Drive print advert in
Sega Visions (US) #7: "Winter 1991/1992" (1991-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • GamePro (US) 16-bit Video Gaming: "February 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[5]
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EGM US 057.pdf

PDF
Game Gear print advert in
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #57: "April 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #58: "May 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[6]
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #59: "June 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[7]
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ConsolesPlus FR 017.pdfConsolesPlus FR 017.pdf

PDF
Mega Drive print advert in
Consoles + (FR) #17: "Février 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
80 №7, p84/85[9]
60 №26, p118[10]
64 №40, p84[3]
59 №18, p69[11]
66
28 №18, p66
Sega Mega Drive
60
Based on
6 reviews

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

MsPacMan MD US Cart Seal.jpg
Cart
Mspacman md us manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, US (cardboard box)
MsPacMan MD US Box Back Cardboard.jpgNospine.pngMsPacMan MD US Box Front Cardboard.jpg
Cover
MsPacMan MD US Cart Seal.jpg
Cart
Mspacman md us manual.pdf
Manual
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 №15, p60/61[12]
78
65 №23, p117[13]
53 №2/54
45 №24, p138
92 №4, p52-54[14]
75 №27, p49
72 №3, p64[15]
Sega Master System
65
Based on
11 reviews

Master System, EU
MsPacMan SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
MsPacMan SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
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)

References

  1. File:EGM US 024.pdf, page 110
  2. File:GamePro US 023.pdf, page 40
  3. 3.0 3.1 File:MeanMachinesSega40UK.pdf, page 84
  4. File:EGM US 030.pdf, page 24
  5. File:16BitVideoGaming US.pdf, page 46
  6. File:EGM US 058.pdf, page 69
  7. File:EGM US 059.pdf, page 77
  8. File:MegaForce FR 14.pdf, page 2
  9. File:Joypad FR 007.pdf, page 84
  10. File:Joystick FR 026.pdf, page 118
  11. File:PlayerOne FR 018.pdf, page 69
  12. File:MeanMachines UK 15.pdf, page 62
  13. File:Joystick FR 023.pdf, page 117
  14. File:SegaForce UK 04.pdf, page 52
  15. File:SegaPro UK 03.pdf, page 64


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)