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Ms. Pac-Man Maze Madness

Mazemadness

Developer: Namco Hometek
Publisher: Namco Hometek, Namco
Game System(s): PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Dreamcast
Series: Pac-Man series
Genres: Maze, Puzzle, Adventure
Release date:

EU September 8, 2000
JP December 28, 2000            NA January 26, 2001                  UK February 16, 2001            AU April 27, 2001

Number of players One player (up to Four players in some bonus modes)

Ms. Pac-Man Maze Madness (ミズパックマン メイズマッドネス Mizu Pakkuman Meizumaddonesu) is a video game released by Namco Hometek in 2000. It is the second game to feature Ms. Pac-Man as the main protagonist, and is also considered the companion game to Pac-Man World.

Gameplay

Quest Mode

The player navigates Ms. Pac-Man through a series of mazes, eating dots and avoiding enemies. Like the original, Ms. Pac-Man cannot jump or attack the enemies, unless she eats a Power Pellet. While not every Pac-Dot in the level has to be eaten, a considerable amount of them are often required to pass areas. The level is completed upon reaching the Star at the end of the stage.

Maze Madness features many puzzle-solving elements, which become more challenging as the game progresses. These include blocks which must be pushed into a specific area, trampolines that need to be jumped on facing a certain direction, and locked doors that require Keys to be opened, to name a few. A holographic Professor Pac-Man helps guide the player through these obstacles in the first level.

Levels & Enemies

Each of the four worlds have detailed environments themed around specific locations. The enemies (including the Ghosts) are themed to their respective areas as well. The levels included in the game are:

Likewise, here is a list of all the game's enemies:

Multiplayer

Several multiplayer modes are included in Maze Madness. 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.

Many of these modes were also included in Pac-Man: Adventures in Time (albeit in a slightly different form), and would later spawn their own spinoff game titled Pac-Man All-Stars.

Classic Mode

The Classic mode is nothing more than a faithful port of the original Ms. Pac-Man (seemingly the same version found in Namco Museum Vol. 3).

Story

Note: some parts of this section may be considered spoilers.

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.

Home Ports

  • Game Boy Advance
  • Nintendo 64
  • PlayStation
  • PlayStation 3
  • PlayStation Portable
  • PlayStation Vita
  • Sega Dreamcast

The PlayStation version was the first to be released, which was shortly proceeded by nearly identical ports for Nintendo 64 and Sega Dreamcast. The Game Boy Advance version has several features removed due to it running on inferior hardware.

Trivia

  • Ms. Pac-Man Maze Madness was a sponsor for the National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations (NABCO), a nonprofit organization for information on breast cancer.
  • 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 going to be released, simply titled Ms. Pac-Man Maze Madness 2, but it was canceled.

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