Baby Pac-Man

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Baby Pac-Man
Baby pac flyer.png
Arcade Flyer
Developer(s) Bally Midway
Publisher(s) Bally Midway
Release date(s) 1982
Genre(s) Maze/Pinball
Mode(s) Up to 2 players, alternating turns
Cabinet Upright
Display Raster, horizontal orientation

Baby Pac-Man is a hybrid arcade/pinball game produced by Bally Midway in 1982.

Description[edit]

The development of Baby Pac-Man was not authorized by Namco, rather, it was designed and released entirely by Bally-Midway, and along with Pac-Man Plus, Jr. Pac-Man, and Professor Pac-Man which eventually led to Namco cancelling their relationship with Bally-Midway.[1] The hybrid cabinet consists of a 13-inch video screen seated above an elevated horizontal pinball game. 10,000 units were produced, making this one of the rarest Pac-Man sequels.[2]

Gameplay[edit]

As a hybrid game, Baby Pac-Man was divided into two distinct modes of play: Video and Pinball.

Video mode[edit]

A image of the Video Mode in Baby Pac-Man.

Play begins on the video screen, where the player controls Baby Pac-Man through a maze. Play mechanics are similar to Pac-Man in that the object is to navigate the maze while gobbling dots and avoiding ghosts. In contrast to earlier games in the series, Baby Pac-Man's maze starts with no energizers. Instead, there are two vertical chutes at the bottom edge of the screen, which suspend video play and transfer the game to the pinball table when the player travels down either of them.

Pinball mode[edit]

The pinball section operates as a traditional pinball game in which the player hits targets with a metal ball using two button-operated flippers. The player may earn energizers, gain new fruit bonuses, and increase tunnel speed, all used in the video mode. If the player fails to keep the ball in play, the game resumes on the video screen, but with the chutes closed. The player must then either gobble all remaining dots or be caught by a ghost in order to reopen the chutes. The game ends when the player runs out of lives.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pac-Man". superpacman.com. Retrieved 2 July 2010. "although Midway continued to release several unauthorized spin-off games later on, such as Pac-Man Plus , Baby Pac-Man and Professor Pac-Man, resulting in Namco cancelling their contract with Midway and ceasing to do business with them" 
  2. ^ "Baby Pac-Man". The Internet Pinball Database Presents Baby Pac-Man. Retrieved 2 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Remember Baby Pac-Man". Skooldays. Skooldays. 

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