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Ms. Pac-Man: Maze Madness

Mazemadness

Developer: Namco
Publisher: Namco
Series: Pac-Man series
Genres: Platform, Puzzle
Release date(s): 2000, 2004 (GBA)
Number of players 1-4 players
Input methods Playstation controller, Nintendo 64 controller, Dreamcast controller
Platforms Nintendo 64, Playstation, Dreamcast, Gameboy Advance

Ms. Pac-Man Maze Madness (ミズパックマン メイズマッドネス) is a 3-D game released in 2000 for the Nintendo 64, Sony PlayStation, and Sega Dreamcast, and in 2004 for the Gameboy Advance. The game has a number of levels in a number of worlds to go into, and in each level you must collect all of the fruits. This is the second game to feature Ms. Pac-Man as the protagonist, the first being Ms. Pac-Man. The game is also the companion game and spin-off to Pac-Man World.

Story

In Pac-Land, many lands are powered and sustained by the magical Gems of Virtue. The wonders of the last four uncharted lands are legendary, but each area has been forever separated from the rest of Pac-Land by mysterious force fields. Professor Pac has discovered that dark forces are planning on stealing the gems using black magic. They have kidnapped the Princess of Pac-Land, turning her enchanted palace into the Castle of Haunted Halloween. They haven't heard from the Princess since.

Ms. Pac-Man visits Professor Pac at his laboratory, where he introduces his newest invention: the Pactrometer, which allows travel between the four wonders of Pac-Land. Their conversation is interrupted when a shadowy villain appears in a mirror, using magic to capture Professor Pac. Before he is pulled into the mirror, he throws the Pactrometer to Ms. Pac-Man, telling her to find the Gems of Virtue.

The heroine makes her way through Cleopactra and finds the Gem of Generosity. She then travels through the Crystal Caves, finding the Gem of Truth. Her next stop is Pac Ping Harbor, where she discovers the Gem of Wisdom. Finally, she arrives at Haunted Halloween, where she captures the Gem of Courage. Unfortunately, she is then attacked by Mesmerelda, the witch responsible for kidnapping Professor Pac. Ms. Pac-Man fights off Mesmerelda and her henchman Gobblin, and receives Mesmerelda's Witch Keys for her troubles. Ms. Pac-Man travels through the four wonders once again, then returns to Mesmerelda's castle, where she defeats the villain and reclaims the four Gems of Virtue. With the gems placed in the Pactrometer, the Castle of Haunted Halloween is reverted to it's original form, and Mesmerelda is transformed into the Princess of Pac-Land.

A celebration is held and Ms. Pac-Man is deemed a hero by all of Pac-Land.

Worlds

Enemies

Other modes

Multiplayer

Ms. Pac-Man: Maze Madness features several multiplayer modes. Players can choose their character, from Ms. Pac-Man, Pac-Man, Pac-Baby, Professor Pac and Pooka. Dot-Mania has players fighting to be the first to eat 80 dots while encountering power-ups, such as the size-boosting Chocolate Cake, the speed-boosting Sneaker, and the protective Bolt of Lightning. Ghost Tag allows the players to play as the Ghosts, though they are confined to specific players (Blinky is always the first player, Pinky is always the second player, Inky is the third, and Clyde is the fourth). The objective is for the ghosts to eat the Pac-Person player. The ghost who manages to eat that player will then become a Pac-Person, forcing the other players to chase after him or her. Da Bomb is a tag mode. The player must try to give the bomb to another player by touching them, then running from them.

Classic

Ms. Pac-Man: Maze Madness features the original Ms. Pac-Man game.

Trivia

  • This is the first time in videogame history where a Damsel in Distress is rescued by a female protagonist.
  • A sequel to this game was originally going to be released for the PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, and Xbox titled "Ms. Pac-Man Maze Madness 2". It was canceled for unknown reasons.