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Ms. Pac-Man

0.37b16 [Dave Widel]

0.01 [Nicola Salmoria, Allard van der Bas]


- Pac-Man (Midway), Ms Pac Man (bootleg), Crush Roller, Pengo and Lady Bug are the first supported games in MAME.

- Sometimes the colours on the first level appear incorrect until you either die or finish the level. The original game does this as well, although it doesn't happen very often. It appears that this is triggered by insert a credit and pressing start at a certain point in the attract mode. Because most people add credits shortly after the game has finished booting up, this feature is more likely to appear in MAME than on an actual arcade machine.

- Your character in the game moves too slow; in the arcade you go much faster. The speed in mame is correct to the original game. However, many of the Ms. Pac-Man machines that are still in arcades have had been modified to speed up the gameplay. You can play this way by enabling cheats in MAME. Note: This is a 'built-in' cheat, and is accessed from the dip switch menu instead of the usual cheat menu. You don't need the cheat.dat file for this.

- In the Ms. Pac-Man intro, when the ghosts appear from right to left below the square, the movement is smooth but there's a little hiccup now and then. Has been verified that a real machine does the exact same thing.

- In the clone Ms. Pac-Man Plus: The prizes go through the walls. The game is a hack -- while the mazes that the characters follow have been changed, the prizes still follow the original mazes.


- mspacmab: On a (real) machine, Ms. Pac usually ends at level 134, occasionally it makes it as far as 141 but I've never seen it myself. In MAME it always ends at 141. I've only tested it on mspacmab, but I'm sure all the games based on mspacman code do it also since it's an unmapped read causing it. pacmanc060gre dwidel


- 0.105u2: David Widel added clone Ms. Pac-Man (bootleg, (encrypted)). The game is encrpyted by a 74298 sitting on top of the rom at 6f. The select line is tied to a2; a0 and a1 of the eprom are are left out of socket and run through the 74298.

- 0.84u6: Aaron Giles added clone Ms. Pac-Man (with speedup hack) and removed existing speedup cheat hack from Pacman/Ms Pac Man as the way it was implemented in MAME is NOT how it was implemented in the arcades. I have added the hacked software ROMs as three separate sets for Puck Man, Pac Man, and Ms. Pac Man. These hacked ROMs do not let you control the speed of the game with a button; the game is always fast, and Pac Man is faster than the ghosts. Also added a fake dipswitch to control the equivalent of the hardware version of the speedup hack. It can be set to "Disabled", "Enabled Always", or "Enabled with Button". Note that this hack speeds up everyone, including the ghosts, as the original hack did.

- 0.55: Added clone Ms. Pacman Champion Edition / Super Zola Pac Gal.

- 0.37b16: Dave Widel decrypted the original Ms. Pac Man. Added Ms. Pac-Man (Midway) and clone Ms. Pac Attack.

- 0.35b11: Victor Trucco added clone Pac-Gal (hack 1981).

- 0.30: Nicola Salmoria and Aaron Giles completely rewritten the Namco waveform audio subsystem. This gets rid of some artefacts in Pac Man (eating a ghost) and Ms Pac Man (eating dots while a fruit is bouncing).

- 0.29: Changed description of clone 'Ms. Pac Man Attacks' to 'Miss Pac Plus'.

- 0.25: Added clone 'Ms. Pac Man Attacks'. Use the 2 player start button to accelerate. This is a feature of the original game. In Miss Pac Plus the bonus fruits move through the maze walls. This is normal, the original does the same.

- 0.18: Sprite placement in Pac Man, Ms Pac Man and Crush Roller should now be arcade perfect. Thanks to Richard Davies who verified it on a real machine.

- 0.15: Hiscore save in Ms. Pac Man.

- 0.01: Nicola Salmoria added Ms. Pac Man (bootleg 1981). Blinky and Pinky seem to be shifted one pixel to the right. This is really annoying, but I can't seem to be able to understand why. Maybe there is an additional "sprite offset" register somewhere? Or did the original just behave this way? Note that we can't fix it by just moving sprites 0 and 1 one pixel to the left, because when Pac Man eats a power pill the sprites order is changed so that Pac Man is drawn over the ghosts. It becomes sprite 0, and Blinky becomes sprite 4.

Other Emulators:

* CottAGE

* HiVE


* JEmu

* JEmu2

* Mimic

* Raine

* Retrocade

* Sparcade

* Tickle


Recommended Games:

Pac-Man / PuckMan

Pac-Man - Namco Classics Collection Vol.2

Pac-Man Plus

Pac & Pal

Super Pac-Man


Hyper Pacman


Jr. Pac-Man

Funny Strip

Puckman Pockimon


Professor PacMan


Puzzle Club

Romset: 35 kb / 13 files / 21.2 zip