Differences Between Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man

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Differences Between Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man


The differences between Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man as outlined on this page come in three categories: differences in the characters, differences in the games and differences in the hardware used to play the games. The games mentioned here are the original arcade Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man; that is, the first game each of the 2 characters was in. There are many other games with these 2 characters, especially Pac-Man; listing all the differences between those games would be an immensely difficult and time-consuming task. While I hope to make this page as complete as possible, due to the many differences between the 2 games I may miss 1 or 2 things.

Differences In the Characters


Pac-Man Ms. Pac-Man
is male1
is female1
no bow on head2
has a bow on her head2
no eye visible
has at least one eye;
it could be argued
that she has 2, one
that you see when
she's going right and
one that you see when
she's going left
doesn't wear lipstick
wears lipstick
has no beauty mark
has a beauty mark

1you'll have to trust me on this since they don't let you look...
2the obvious one

Differences In the Games


Pac-Man Ms. Pac-Man
title of game is "Pac-Man"
title of game is "Ms. Pac-Man"
game first released by Japanese company Namco (originally "Puck-Man" in Japan, changed to "Pac-Man" in U.S. to prevent vandals from changing P to another letter) in 1980
game first released by American company Midway in 1981
the "attract mode" screen consists of a table where each ghost's "character" and "nickname" are listed; Pac-Man being chased by the ghosts, eating a power pellet and ultimately eating the ghosts, showing the point values for the ghosts; a dot and a power pellet with point value for each displayed next to it
the "attract mode" screen consists of words "'Ms Pac-Man'" at the top and words in a box that start with "Ms Pac-Man" followed by "with" then the name of each ghost as he/she arrives on the screen, and ending with "Starring Ms Pac-Man" as you-know-who shows up
title of game appears only after player inserts a quarter (token, 50 cents, whatever) into the machine
title of game appears on "attract mode" screen
after inserting quarter (or whatever) message "Bonus Pac-Man for 10000 pts" is displayed among other things
after inserting quarter (or whatever) message "Additional at 10000 pts" is displayed among other things
Pac-Man intro music
Ms. Pac-Man intro music
has only 1 maze
has 4 mazes, none of which duplicate the one from the original Pac-Man
maze walls are black with blue edges
maze walls have varying colors and have 2 colors each: an edge color and a filled-in color
maze has only 1 tunnel
3 of the 4 mazes have 2 tunnels each, while the other only has 1
maze has 240 dots
mazes have varying numbers of dots
dots and power pellets are a peach color
dots and power pellets are various colors (changes by maze) including white, yellow and red
Sound of Pac-Man eating dots
Sound of Ms. Pac-Man eating dots
player moves Pac-Man around the maze
player moves Ms. Pac-Man around the mazes
Pac-Man starts each level with his mouth closed
Ms. Pac-Man starts each level with her mouth open
Pac-Man's life counters are smaller and less round than he is and they face left
Ms. Pac-Man's life counters look just like her and face right
when Pac-Man dies he gradually disappears from the screen
when Ms. Pac-Man dies she spins in place
Sound of Pac-Man dying
Sound of Ms. Pac-Man dying
4th ghost's is named "Clyde"
4th ghost's is named "Sue"
ghosts' movement is dependent on the player's movement, making patterns useable
ghosts' movement is more random, rendering patterns impossible to use
stationary fruit
moving fruit
fruit value displayed where fruit was after fruit is eaten is written in pink numbers the same size as ghost values, written straight out3
fruit value displayed where fruit was after fruit is eaten is written in smaller, white numbers, written diagonally3
has 8 different fruits seen here:
has 7 different fruits seen here:
fruit values are 100, 3004, 500, 7005, 1000, 2000, 3000 and 5000
fruit values are 100, 2004, 500, 700, 10005, 2000 and 5000
some fruits are things people wouldn't eat
all fruits are food
fruit changes every level up to 3rd level, every other level thereafter until the player reaches key levels
fruit changes every level until the player reaches banana level
once the 1st key level is reached, all fruits are keys
starting on the level after the banana level, all fruit is randomly chosen
intermissions are as follows:

1. Blinky chases Pac-Man from right to left side of screen, then Blinky, now blue, is chased by large Pac-Man (the first appearance of
Super Pac-Man? :^) ) from left to right
2. As Blinky chases Pac-Man from right to left side of screen Blinky catches his ghost suit on a nail, ripping the suit
3. After a patched-up Blinky chases Pac-Man from right to left side of screen, Blinky, now revealed to be a slug-like creature, drags red ghost suit after him

intermissions have titles and are as follows:

Act 1: They Meet- Pac-Man is chased by Inky and Ms. Pac-Man is chased by Pinky until Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man are right next to each other; then, Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man go to the top of the screen as a heart appears above them and Inky and Pinky collide
Act 2: The Chase- Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man chase each other across the screen over and over, gradually getting faster, alternating between Pac-Man chasing Ms. Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man chasing Pac-Man
Act 3: Junior- Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man receive a visit from the stork who drops a baby Pac-person in front of them, then their mouths rapidly open and close

Pac-Man intermission music
Act 1: They Meet music
Act 2: The Chase music
Act 3: Junior music

3Well, I am trying to be thorough...
4Note the differing values for the strawberry
5Note the differing values and order for the apple

Differences In the Machines


Internally, a Ms. Pac-Man machine has a daughtercard connected to the motherboard. This daughtercard changes the program so the machine will run Ms. Pac-Man with the differences described in the above sections.

Externally, the 2 machines have different side art, different marquees, etc.



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