In 1982, a sequel to Pac-Man was introduced in the form of his girlfriend, Ms. Pac-Man. This sequel continued on the "eat the dots/avoid the ghosts" gameplay of the original game, but added new features to keep the title fresh.
Like her boyfriend, Ms. Pac-Man attempts to clear four various and challenging mazes filled with dots and ever-moving bouncing fruit while avoiding Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Sue, each with their own personalities and tactics. One touch from any of these ghosts means a loss of life for Ms. Pac-Man.
Ms. Pac-Man can turn the tables on her pursuers by eating one of the four Energizers located within the maze. During this time, the ghosts turn blue, and Ms. Pac-Man can eat them for bonus points (ranging from 200, 400, 800 and 1600, progressively). The Energizer power only lasts for a limited amount of time, as the ghost's eyes float back to their center box, and regenerate to chase after Ms. Pac-Man again.
Survive a few rounds of gameplay, and the player will be treated to humorous intermissions showing the growing romantic relationship between Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man, leading all the way up to the arrival of "Junior".
Remember how in the 60s there were all sorts of bad horror films where they had the brides of the monsters and the half divorced nearly widowed spouses... Well, it's a recipe they wanted to use with Pac-Man too. One of the first clones of the game Ms. Pac-Man.
The gameplay is very familiar, but there's a story to it. Both Pacs are in the game and they have to meet and have a love story in the end. The way to make it work is to complete the levels. You'll get to watch some animated sequences in between that tell you how the shallow story unfolds.
Unlike Pac-Man the mazes through which you have to navigate change, but that's about it. It's still the same game, just with a few additions.
So if you ever wondered how so many Pac-Games came to be, the answer is simple. Pac-Man and his Ms Pac got really busy after this game and made them all :)
The game is still just as addictive as the original, but because the idea isn't original and there aren't really any improvements the game doesn't deserve more then an average score.
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