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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Guide Ms. Pac-Man through mazes, munching Pac-Dots and Power Pellets to clear each stage. Remains true to the classic arcade version, including ghosts, dot chomping action, and Ms. Pac-Man's original "waka waka" sounds. Full of hilarious antics as you avoid moving fruits and smart monsters through the fun filled mazes. Munch a Power Pellet to momentarily turn ghosts blue. When ghosts are blue, Ms. Pac-Man can eat them for bonus points.. Play all 255 mazes from the original. Free trial demo provides players with the first 2 levels of the game. Gamers can track their high scores on the Ms. Pac-Man leaderboards and strive to garner all 12 Achievements. [Namco Bandai Games] Expand
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  1. For a quick-hit classic gaming experience via XBLA, you really can’t go wrong with Ms. Pac-Man. Sure, the game is way simple, but 1981 was a simple time; maybe not in terms of synth pop, but definitely in terms of video games.
  2. Ms. Pac-Man is still a joy to play. Simplicity itself, elegant, addictive, manic and somehow timeless.
  3. Unline its predecessor Ms. Pac-Man presents a decent challenge, everything plays at a far nippier pace. [Issue 17, p.116]
  4. Simply put, the 360 pad was not designed to handle the tight turns taken by Ms. Pac-Man. It's very easy to zig when you want to zag and barrel straight into a ghost. The analog stick doesn't work much better.
  5. Are you dying to play some more Ms. Pac-Man? If so, then pick this up, but keep in mind that it's a very barebones emulation of the original game.
  6. Surely Namco could've offered a slightly updated approach, rather than the original game set inside a high definition-ready border, with possibly the most boring Pac-Man mural known to man? [Issue 22, p.63]
  7. A miniscule improvement over the original. [Feb 2007, p.100]

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  1. Andyman
    Feb 22, 2007
    First, the good: it's Ms. Pac-Man, and that puts it ahead of every Namco release on Live Arcade except Galaga. Now, the bad: just like every other Namco release on Live Arcade, this one has NOTHING NEW, and just like every other Namco release on Live Arcade so far, this has already been released on countless arcade compilations, most of which you can probably buy for $5 and get 10x the fun of this. Buy only if you're a die-hard fan, all others avoid this. Expand