There isn’t a soul alive who doesn’t know Pac-Man. A yellow dot with a mouth who ate other dots while avoiding colored ghosts, introduced us to his wife (then why is it still Ms. and not Mrs.?), and eventually grew arms and legs. Well Pac-Man, what would you say to a friendly race? The rules are simple: it’s you against the Ms. in an anything-goes contest to see who can accumulate 10,000 points the fastest. On your marks, get set… eat!
And the secret to winning here is pattern manipulation to move the ghosts where the player wants them to be. Clyde seems to be feeling a bit under the weather, but maybe he’s the lucky one. All the other ghosts are getting chomped left and right. And that’s a finish time of 43:88 seconds. The first place in the arcade category, played on Xbox 360, achieves it 40 milliseconds sooner.
So, ghost patterns in Ms. Pac-Man are different, though between both games there are a couple who move semi-randomly anyway. Sue doesn’t manage to get out of the gate any quicker than Clyde but meets the same fate regardless. Ms. Pac-Man’s clear time is 46:35 seconds, not far behind Pac-Man.
As a note, there are tons of choices for how to play the original games, and they all have different times. These two were chosen due to both being on an emulator rather than competing consoles. Across all platforms, Pac-Man’s all-time fastest is 40 seconds while the Ms. dings in at 39, so you can judge for yourself what counts and what doesn’t. Last but not least, Clyde joins the fray at 22 seconds while Sue busts out at around 23.
And now for something completely different… because I can’t think of a way to segue from Pac-Man to Skylanders: Imaginators. But before you go, who’s your favorite Pac-Man ghost? It’s gotta be Sue, right?
Matt Eschbach is a PC, Mac and Android indie game developer and fiction writer. His works have won multiple monetary awards from various contests. Graduating college in 2012 with a major in Game Design, Matt spends his time making stuff up and then building it. His favorite hobby… is sleeping.