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Pac-Man Plus is an action game that was released for the arcades in 1982 by Midway Games. Like Ms. Pac-Man, it was produced without authorization from Namco, the original developers of Pac-Man. It uses the same hardware as the original game (a Zilog Z80 microprocessor running at 3.072 MHz).
The height of Pac-Man's popularity, had introduced a new wave of arcade bootlegging, where unauthorized copies of the game were manufactured at a tremendous rate to illegally cash in on the fad. While many bootlegs were carbon copies of the original, some bootlegs (such as New Puck-X and Hangly-Man) actually modified the game to introduce some new wrinkles in an effort to make it more interesting and attract expert players of the original game who wanted a new challenge.
While Bally Midway proceeded with the manufacturing of Ms. Pac-Man, against Namco's wishes, they also sought to stem the flow of bootlegs by producing an officially licensed upgrade to Pac-Man, which they named Pac-Man Plus. As far as Namco was concerned, Super Pac-Man was the true sequel to Pac-Man, and this upgrade was also unauthorized. Nevertheless, Midway proceeded to sell Pac-Man Plus to feed the demand in the U.S. for more Pac-Man products, as Super Pac-Man wasn't performing as well as Midway hoped.
The changes to Pac-Man, as seen in Pac-Man Plus, range from drastic to subtle, and are all detailed in this guide. Since Pac-Man Plus was merely seen as a stop-gap solution to the bootleg arcade problem, and Ms. Pac-Man gained popularity by the time Plus was released, it wasn't seriously considered for home conversion. No official conversions were made around that time. More recently, homebrew programmers have released conversions of older Atari games in to Pac-Man Plus. It was also included in Jakks Pacific's 2006 Super Pac-Man TV game, along with Pac-Man, Super Pac-Man, and Pac & Pal.
Table of Contents
2000s: Pac-Man: Adventures in Time · Ms. Pac-Man: Maze Madness · Ms. Pac-Man: Quest for the Golden Maze · Pac-Man All-Stars · Pac-Man Fever · Pac-Man World 2 · Pac-Man Vs. · Pac-Man Pinball Advance · Pac-Man World 3 · Pac'n Roll · Pac-Pix · Pac-Man World Rally · Pac-Man Championship Edition · Pac-Motos · Pac-Man Remix