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Platform: Arcade

Region: NTSC-U

Country: United States of America

Developer(s): Bally Midway Mfg.

Publishers(s): Bally Mfg. Corp. | Midway Manufacturing

ReleaseDate: 1982-03-13

Players: 2

Co-op: No

Pac-Man Plus

Pac-Man Plus is a 1982 arcade maze chase video game developed and released by Bally Midway in the USA on March 13, 1982. Pac-Man Plus is the third game in the Pac-Man series and the second game in the Pac-Man series to be developed without Namco's involvement. The gameplay in Pac-Man Plus is nearly identical to that of the original Pac-Man. The player controls Pac-Man and attempts to score as many points as possible by eating all the Pac-Dots in the maze while avoiding the four ghosts that chase him around the maze and will kill him if they catch him. Eating a Power Pellet will cause the ghosts to turn blue and become vulnerable for a short period of time, allowing Pac-Man to eat them for extra points. Once the maze has been cleared, it will be refilled as the gameplay continues. The most noticeable differences between the original game and Plus are various tweaks to the graphics: the maze is green instead of blue, vulnerable ghosts are shorter and have a stem and leaf sticking out of their heads, the fruits have been replaced by new items (including a can of Coca-Cola) and the ghosts' eyes are now a pixel closer to each other. In addition to these cosmetic changes, Plus also changes the gameplay slightly: eating a bonus item will cause the ghosts to turn both vulnerable and invisible, and doubles their point value while they are vulnerable. Eating a Power Pellet also sometimes has unpredictable results, such as turning the maze invisible or turning only three of the four ghosts blue (the latter of which makes it impossible to clear a round by using a pattern). The ghosts are also faster and more aggressive than they were in the original Pac-Man, which makes the game seem overall faster-paced and more difficult by comparison.

ESRB Rating: E - Everyone

Genre(s): Action

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