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Spunky (ミリョクテキ Miryokuteki) is a grey Common ghost in the Pac-Man series. She originated in Pac-Mania, and serves as a counterpart to Funky.

History

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Original Spunky sprite.

Pac-Mania

Main article: Pac-Mania

Spunky first appears in Pac-Mania. In the game, she is able to jump as high as Pac-Man. She is harder to avoid with jumps than Funky, but it is still possible to jump over her without being touched by her.

In-game, Spunky first appears in Jungly Steps. After passing Jungly Steps, the second loop of mazes starts, in which she begins appearing in the other three levels; but she can only jump in Sandbox Land and Jungly Steps.

Pac-Man 256

Main article: Pac-Man 256

Spunky returns in Pac-Man 256, alongside Funky. She sleeps until Pac-Man gets close to her; upon being woken up by him, she will chase Pac-Man mercilessly until she falls back to sleep (or when Pac-Man eats a Power Pellet).

The Sandbox Evolution

Main article: The Sandbox Evolution

In The Sandbox Evolution, Spunky is once again seen sleeping. She will pursue Pac-Man if he wakes her up.

Trivia

  • Her recent "sleepy" portrayals may be based off of the Sleeping Ghosts from Pac-Man Championship Edition DX.
  • She is the only ghost from Pac-Mania who has no official artwork.
  • According to the Pac-Mania NES manual, she is Funky's cousin.[2]
  • In pre-release footage of Pac-Man 256 seen in the game's trailer, Spunky's color is black instead of grey.

References

  1. Namco Museum Vol. 5 and Pac-Man Collection, Pac-Mania "Tips" sections
  2. https://www.gamesdatabase.org/Media/SYSTEM/Nintendo_NES/manual/Formated/Pac-Mania_-_1990_-_Tengen_Ltd..pdf
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