Gameplay for the Ms Pac Man Coleco Tabletop Arcade
(Coleco - 1981)
The game play for this tabletop Ms Pac Man game is fast paced and exciting and very close to the full sized arcade game. The small VFD color screen features the familiar mazes and dots you have come to know from the original.
Just like her namesake, Ms Pac Man is always hungry and must run through the maze eating dots and power pellets along his way. But watch out, the monsters are in the maze too and are out to get you. You must maneuver Ms Pac Man through the maze, avoiding the monsters and getting power ups. Once your Ms PacMan eats a power pellet he can eat the monsters, but like the original game, they respawn to start the chase all over again.
Movement is a little tricky but once you get used to it it is a breeze. You move only one space for each time you move the joystick. So if you want to move to the left two spaces you must push the joystick left twice.
One great thing about this tabletop electronic game is that you can play head to head with a friend. Compete to see who can gobble up the most dots to win!
I played for a couple hours till my fingers started cramping up. If you are not careful you could sink hours into this little game. The fact that they stayed fairly faithful to the original game should be praised. So overall, in my opinion I give this game a 7-10 for playability.