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Game: Pac-Man Plus
Developer: Bally Midway
Publisher: Bally Midway
Release Date: 1982
Class: Wide Release
Genre: Maze
Gameplay: Alternating
Simul. Players: 1
Max Players: 2
Monitor: Vertically oriented, 224 x 288, 16 palette colors
Joystick: 4-way joystick
Layout: Bezel, Control Panel, PCB
Cabinet Type(s): Standard upright;
Mini-upright (Cabiret);
Cocktail;
Cabinet Pics: 1
Side Art:  
Boards:  
Arcade CPU: 1x ZiLOG Z80 @ 3.072 MHz
Sound: 1x Namco WSG (3-channel mono) @ 3.072 MHz
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Pac-Man Plus is an arcade game released by Bally Midway in 1982, and it is the 4th title in the Pac-Man series of games. Like Ms. Pac-Man, this update to the original game was created without Namco's authorization.

Pac-Man Plus had the same basic goal of all of the early Pac-Man games: to eat all of the dots and pills before Pac-Man is caught by the monsters. Just like the other early Pac-Man games, energizers (usually called power pills by fans of the games) could be eaten so that the ghosts would become vulnerable and turn blue for a short length of time. Despite advertising stating that Pac-Man Plus was "Exciting!" and "New!", this game is essentially identical to the original Pac-Man, with only minor gameplay tweaks and altered graphics (the maze is light green, compared to the original blue, and the fruits have been replaced by alternative objects, including a can ofCoca-Cola).The most significant change in the gameplay is that eating a bonus"fruit" causes theghosts to become vulnerable and invisible,doubling the score for eating them.

Ports

Because there were so few differences between Pac-Man and Pac-Man Plus and because the game was released right before the video game crash of 1983, Pac-Man Plus was never ported to home video game systems or computers. However, there have been efforts by some homebrew game developers to port Pac-Man Plus to classic game consoles such as the Atari 2600, and more recently the Atari 5200 and the Atari 7800. In addition, Jakks Pacific has released a new Pac-Man TV Games collection that featured Pac-Man, Pac-Man Plus, Super Pac-Man, and Pac & Pal.

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