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March 26, 2010 9:27 PM   Subscribe

Ms. Pac-Man 2010
posted by Blazecock Pileon (35 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
Okay, so that did nothing in Chrome, then I loaded it in FF and it gave me some warnings, then I got to a start screen that didn't respond to keyboard or mouse input.
posted by middleclasstool at 9:34 PM on March 26, 2010


Man, getting the controls to be that unresponsive must've taken ages.
posted by Pope Guilty at 9:41 PM on March 26, 2010 [7 favorites]


That was awesome. I used to be so good at this. Then again, I also had a joystick, and not just a keyboard.
posted by yeloson at 9:41 PM on March 26, 2010


This is the greatest FPP ever. Just a little more responsiveness, or a plugin joystick and omg.
posted by Big_B at 9:42 PM on March 26, 2010


JINX
posted by Big_B at 9:42 PM on March 26, 2010


Oh. Right. "$TITLE 2010" is no longer the signifier for "near future version."
posted by griphus at 9:42 PM on March 26, 2010 [8 favorites]


It worked for me. Seems like a straightforward pakman port, with nothing particularly innovative or new, beyond higher resolution sprites (Actually, I've never played Ms Pacman before, so I don't know if there are any differences, heh).

Also, the keyboard is kind of unresponsive. If you don't press the arrow key at exactly the right time, you won't turn. It's annoying.


Also, it reminded me of This Pacman based flash game I hadn't played in years.
posted by delmoi at 9:50 PM on March 26, 2010


It's working great in IE 8. I love it! Thanks for posting.
posted by Calzephyr at 9:51 PM on March 26, 2010


I closed the window and it's still playing music. OH NOES MY FILEZ ARE GONE
posted by infinitewindow at 9:52 PM on March 26, 2010


Chrome, Win7... I had no problems with responsiveness.

I didn't play long enough to notice anything that made this worth of the '2010'. Still, it's pretty cool how much I take for granted something that people were willing to pump quarter after quarter into to keep playing.
posted by SAC at 9:54 PM on March 26, 2010


It worked for me. Seems like a straightforward pakman port, with nothing particularly innovative or new, beyond higher resolution sprites (Actually, I've never played Ms Pacman before, so I don't know if there are any differences, heh).

For people familiar with the genre, this is more like a combination of Ms Pac-Man and Championship Pac-Man, in terms of level design.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:54 PM on March 26, 2010


FF and WinXP on my aging laptop. No problems. I beat Blinky's World and am on to Pinky's. :D Great post BP. Thanks!
posted by zarq at 9:55 PM on March 26, 2010


Love it but yep the controls are unresponsive :(
posted by Monkeymoo at 10:00 PM on March 26, 2010


Java? Really? I thought it would be a HTML5 Canvas or something. I wrote a Centipede clone in Java in 1998.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 10:10 PM on March 26, 2010


(emulator .. it was a emulator complete with 6502, in Java, in 1998 .. bizzaches)
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 10:11 PM on March 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


Java doesn't seem to work with Chrome under Mac OS X. For those users, try Safari or Firefox.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 10:11 PM on March 26, 2010


Anyone who likes classic arcade games like this should definitely check out MAME. I must warn you: If you are a child of the days when video arcades were in their heyday, and you have not yet seen this, you WILL be blown away.

My advice, if you're truly new to this and want to look into it more, start at MAMEWORLD.

If anyone finds it enjoyable: Happy retro gaming to you!
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere at 10:25 PM on March 26, 2010 [3 favorites]


I'd rather play K.C. Munchkin.
posted by IndigoRain at 10:29 PM on March 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


Flash is surely doomed!
posted by Artw at 10:31 PM on March 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Since I've got a borrowed laptop that finally has the power to do things like play youtube songs in one tab and play a java game in another (I know, right?), I've been rocking this thread for the full stoner arcade experience.
posted by klangklangston at 10:31 PM on March 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


Is the fun part that bit where it immediately makes FireFox crash when you click LAUNCH GAME?
posted by Sys Rq at 12:01 AM on March 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


Ran great in FFox for me, but really, besides a few minor tweaks, I don't see much diff than just running the same old on MAME.
posted by Null Pointer and the Exceptions at 12:16 AM on March 27, 2010


For people familiar with the genre, this is more like a combination of Ms Pac-Man and Championship Pac-Man, in terms of level design.

In fact this was done, and much better, over fifteen years ago. Look for Tengen's Ms. Pac-Man Maze Madness for the Genesis and SNES. It has a turbo option, it has two-player co-op and competitive modes, and it has an insane number of mazes. It is a greatly underrated game.

Ran great in FFox for me, but really, besides a few minor tweaks, I don't see much diff than just running the same old on MAME.

I might have thought the same thing before reading The Pac-Man Dossier. Now I can point to a half-dozen things the developer didn't think/bother to include:
- Ms. Pac-Man cannot "cut corners," turning early to gain a little speed.
- Monsters emerge from the box slowly in each level, whether from the start of play or after a life is lost, which is far from arcade behavior.
- The Red Energizer, taken from Pac-Mania, doesn't double monster point awards like it did there.
- Extra lives are awarded every 10,000 points, which is rather too much.
- In the Pac-Man homage board, ghosts can go both ways though passages that should be one-way to them. (Pac-Mania gets this right.)
- Monster blue times, instead of decreasing rapidly only to reset every so often, decrease slowly throughout the game.
- At the very least Bashful/Inky's AI is not arcade perfect. Likely Clyde/Sue's isn't either.
posted by JHarris at 2:33 AM on March 27, 2010 [7 favorites]


(Hm, maybe I spoke too rashly on that last point. I might be mistaken on the AI issue.)
posted by JHarris at 2:34 AM on March 27, 2010


Btw, WHY are we still playing these games with our keyboards? It WHY is there no standard for using a gamepad on web games!??!?!?
posted by delmoi at 5:56 AM on March 27, 2010


(Woah, the word 'it' should not be in there.)
posted by delmoi at 5:57 AM on March 27, 2010


Okay, I'm kind of a pacman nut, I will report on the awesomeness or lack thereof later. I'm at work now and it's blocking the link and reporting it as a "time-waster." Wakka-wakka.
posted by ExitPursuedByBear at 6:29 AM on March 27, 2010


try Safari or Firefox.

Safari spit some warning message that an "applet" was trying to access my computer. Whatever that is. No thanks.
posted by cribcage at 6:54 AM on March 27, 2010


Safari gave me messages about applets. Taking BP's word for it, I found a pretty awesome pacman game (though the controls took some getting used to.

Firefox just crashed with no explanation, which is the same thing it now does when I try to play Text Twist.
posted by Navelgazer at 9:34 AM on March 27, 2010


Does anyone recognize the tune used during the "training" break and at the end? I know it's some NES era thing but I can't place it.
posted by chaff at 10:19 AM on March 27, 2010


Am I the only one who clicked expecting a beauty pageant in which the winner was either the most perfectly round contestant or the contestant with the biggest mouth? (Also hairbows?)
posted by straight at 10:47 AM on March 27, 2010


Also, jaundiced.
posted by Sys Rq at 10:50 AM on March 27, 2010


Does anyone recognize the tune used during the "training" break and at the end? I know it's some NES era thing but I can't place it.

It's from NES Punch-Out!! It's kind of jarring to hear it associated with Ms. Pac-Man.
posted by JHarris at 12:43 PM on March 27, 2010


I get this error message, even with the latest Java plugin.
posted by WCityMike at 10:42 PM on March 27, 2010


If you want avoid Java you can play it in Flash:

http://www.pacmanflash.com/full-80-Ms-Pacman.html
posted by juiceCake at 8:51 PM on March 28, 2010


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