The HMS Windbag is a boss in Pac-Man World. He is the first boss in the game, and is found on the last (fourth) level of the Pirate stage. The HMS Windbag is a giant pirate ship, with an angry face on the sail.
There are two sections in the Windbag's battle. In the first part, Pac-Man is stuck on a small, narrow deck, leading to the right. The Windbag is in the background, firing cannon balls at him. Pac-Man has to keep ahead of the shootings, as the cannon balls are destroying pieces of the deck. Pac-Man will also have to jump over barrels, which may slow him down.
Once Pac-Man gets to the other side of the deck, he goes through a small door, and emerges on the other side, where the second part of the battle takes place. In this part, Pac-Man can actually fight back. Here, Pac-Man is closed off to an area on the deck that is limited only to the screen. The HMS Windbag will fire cannon balls as normally, but now, there are switches on the deck that Pac-Man can Butt Bounce on. When pressed, a pirate dummy, (As seen in other levels) pops out of the floor, and can bounce cannon balls back at the HMS Windbag.
Every once in a while, the Windbag will shoot bombs into the air, with the bombs inside small bubbles. He will also shoot one with an Apple in it. Pac-Man must run under the bubble with the Apple to ensure that he won't get hit. (Although there is much time to do this, for the bubbles float down slowly.)
You must get the dummies to deflect the bombs back at HMS Windbag. After done a couple of times, he will break and fall down into the water.
- The HMS Windbag may be the one who dropped the anchor on Pooka in the opening cutscene.
- When HMS Windbag is defeated, a little toon is played at the end as a victory. On some PlayStations, the end of the toon is cut off. It is unknown why.
- If the player in the first part of the battle travels far enought to the right but then travels to the left by bouncing on the poles, a glitch will occur. First, wherever the player runs, new platforms will respawn and second, if the play goes back far enough, the HMS Windbag will dissapear. However, the the player returns to the tower where the levels started, the HMS Windbag will reappear.
- HMS stands for His/Her Majesty's service, a term for british vessels, so his full name is His (Toc-man) Majesty's Service Windbag.
Layout and clues
- U = Door
- S = Switch
- In between is normal deck
- b = occasional barrel, not exact placement