Midway set the video game world on fire with their release of this
absolute 'must have' classic. Sadly, I think it was
the beginning of the downfall of pinball as well. Before
Pac-man, arcade walls were lined with pinball machines, an
Asteroids, Space Invaders and maybe a Breakout. But after
Pac-man, the video game boom really took off, and the pins started
losing market share. At least that's the way I remember
I remember seeing
Pac-Man for the first time at a little arcade in Penticton BC, Canada. It had a huge
crowd of people around it. I couldn't even get near it to see what all the hubbub
was about. When I did, I remember two things striking me - the colours and the
feeling that this was something different. What I must have meant by that, was that
it was different from Space Invaders type shoot 'em ups, the Breakout / Pong
style paddle games and the blip cars racing around a track games. This was truly
unique, at least for a little while. But as with all popular games, it was soon
cloned to the max.
How many quarters did I
eventually plug into Pac-Man machines in and around Penticton? I'll never know, but
one thing is for sure... I don't regret one of them!
Thanks Namco! And thanks Midway,
for bringing it to America!
This is what my
machine originally looked like, when it was brand new (long before I
The image above is what
my cabinet looks like, except for the glass art. Mine has a Ms. Pac-man underlay. If
you want to see what my glass underlay looks like, click here to view
my Ms. Pac-man page. The
original Pac-man glass underlay that had come with the machine had been painted over in
black. After unsuccessfully trying to remove the paint, I finally picked up an old
Pac-Man underlay on ebay (note: may the
The first thing I did was perform the 4 game hack
(link has been restored!) on the
PCB. It now plays both Pac-Man and Ms.
Pac-Man, in both regular and
speedy mode. I performed this as carefully as I could so that it is completely
a moments notice. Now I don't feel too bad about the Ms. Pac art, as the machine
actually does play the Ms. anyway.
My CP overlays leave a little to be desired though (see latest news below for
Maybe someday I will be able to afford Two-bit's
price for new ones.
I recently took someone's suggestion and printed some new cp overlays on a colour
laser printer. Then I had them laminated. After replacing the player 2 overlay
with one of them, it looks a million times better. The overlay on the player one
side isn't bad enough to warrant peeling it off. It's good enough for me to want to
preserve the original, at least for now.
As of September 2, 1999 I now own an original
Ms. Pac-Man machine!
As of December 23, 1999, I have sold this machine, but I will continue
to maintain a separate Ms. Pac-Man page.
Because of that I
have split this page and now have a separate Ms.
Be sure and check it out. I have moved most of the Ms. Pac-Man
info that was here to that page. This should have the added
benefit of making this page load faster.
Lawley High Scores
(5 yrs old)
8,050 Jan 17, 1999
(3 yrs old)
Chris (my brother) 182,950
(5 yrs old)
(3 yrs old)
are some great Pac-man links that may or may not already be shown above...