Ms. Pac-Man: Maze Madness - PlayStation

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Ms. Pac-Man: Maze Madness (PlayStation)
Also for: GBA, Dreamcast, N64
Viewed: 3D Top-down, Multi-way scrolling Genre:
Puzzle: Maze
Arcade origin:No
Developer: Namco Soft. Co.: Namco
Publishers: Sony (GB)
Released: 24 Nov 2000 (GB)
Ratings: 3+
Accessories: Analogue JoyPad, Memory Card, Multi Tap, Dual Shock JoyPad
Features: Vibration Compatible


Originally created by Namco in 1980, the Pac-Man series is one of the longest running and most instantly recognised franchises that still makes it onto the high street shelves almost twenty years later. After the success of Pac-Man, it was decided by Namco that he should get himself a sweetheart; namely Ms. Pac-Man. Her success, although essentially identical to her male counterpart, has taken her onto PlayStation with Ms. Pac-Man Maze Madness.

The new Ms. Pac-Man on PlayStation could be argued to be either a retro game or a new game, since Namco have made the popular choice to include the arcade original. Retro fans alike will have a great time with this one. For the new part of the game, Namco have managed to incorporate plenty of new elements of play, but at the same time, managed to keep the game as faithful to the original as possible. The basics of the game are still the same: collect the little yellow dots and avoid the ghosts, but a number of platform-type elements of play have been included, making the level design of the game much more interesting. You can now bounce across platforms and push exploding TNT crates. You must also collect a specific number of yellow dots to progress to the next part of the level. This is the first time that Pac-Man has been given a real sense of true structure and strategy.

Maze Madness is actually quite a lot of fun to play, and will keep you playing for quite some time, especially with the option of a 4-player mode. A typical quality Namco game - an addictive one.