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Ms. Pac-Man: Maze Madness Preview

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October 2000

  The original Ms. Pac Man was an enhanced version of the original Pac Man. By enhanced I mean that the game speed was far quicker than Pac Man's slightly lagging pace of movement. Let's skip a whole decade where Pac Man's 20th Anniversary arrives earlier this October of '99. The game had colorful visuals, great control, fun gameplay, new 3D mazes and best of all the original Pac Man included. Well just as it was many many years ago, the Misses has decided to do her own little thing in a game she likes to call Ms. Pac Man Maze Madness (I prefer Maze Craze). When I first saw the game a while back, I was expecting an adventure game and a sort of sequel-based playing game. But when I sat down with the game this week I was in for a big surprise. See what all the hubub is all about with Maze Madness, and check out the new compilation of screens.

   The visuals are clearly running on a slightly modified version of Pac Man 20th Anniv., Ms. Pac Man may be a very simplistic character to design but there are a wholesome amount of textures around her at many times. The visuals are very reminiscent of Pac Man, the colors and surroundings are great, everything is smooth nicely rendered and effort seems to be there. Character detail is nearly identical to Pac Man World's, the only noticeable difference is that Ms. Pac Man is a female. The screens really speak for themselves check them out.

   What shocked me about the game was that it was four players (yay) and that it was strictly a puzzle game. Pac Man World was adventure/puzzle, but Ms. Pac Man is only puzzle. Which one do you think is better, personally I prefer Ms. Pac Man mainly because of the four player gameplay. Each stage has a different theme set, one stage has you in Egypt with Egyptian style music playing in the background ever so gracefully another may send you to a Halloween themed maze area. The gameplay is fun and this "fun" really makes me sound unprofessional but that is the word that can describe Ms. Pac Man Maze Madness. The mazes are nicely built and have that Ms. Pac Man feel to them. Every puzzle fan must consider purchasing Ms. Pac Man later this year when it is released on October. Don't ignore this game for it's somewhat cutesy appeal, because you know deep down inside there is that kid who constantly used to ask his parents for some change so he can play Pac Man or Ms. Pac Man at his arcades. For $30 this game will be a steal.

8/11/2000 SolidSnake

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