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.
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:
- Mummy Dearest
- Temple of Dots
- Crystal Caves
- Pacfooticus Stompicus
- Freezer Burn
- Slip Sliding Away (bonus round)
- Pac Ping Harbor
- Year of the Pac
- Pac Crackle Pop
- Pier Pressure (bonus round)
- Haunted Halloween
- Creature Feature
- Watch Your Pac
- Shock Therapy
- Gobblin (boss)
- Sand Witch
- Boulder Over
- Out to Launch
- Bats a Wrap
- Mesmerelda (boss)
Likewise, here is a list of all the game's enemies:
- Baby Dragon
- Bat Dracula
- Chinese Dragon
- Whirl Mummy
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.
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, 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.
- Game Boy Advance
- Nintendo 64
- 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; the soundtrack is also altered.
The PS one Classic release (compatible with PlayStation 3, Portable, and Vita) seems to have only ever been available in Japan and Thailand. A North American release was planned, as evidenced by it receiving an ESRB rating, but seemingly nothing ever came of it.
The Game Boy Advance version was also bundled in a 2-in-1 cartridge with Pac-Man World, simply titled Ms. Pac-Man Maze Madness & Pac-Man World. For unknown reasons, both games suffer from glitches not found in the single-cartridge releases.
- 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.
- A sequel to this game was going to be released, simply titled Ms. Pac-Man Maze Madness 2, but it was canceled.
- ↑ http://www.esrb.org/ratings/Synopsis.aspx?logoonly=1&Certificate=34163&Title=Ms.+Pac-Man%3a+Maze+Madness
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