Baby Pac-Man

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Baby Pac-Man
Developer(s)Bally Midway
Publisher(s)Bally Midway
ReleaseOctober 11, 1982
Genre(s)Maze, pinball
Mode(s)Up to 2 players, alternating turns

Baby Pac-Man is a hybrid maze and pinball game released in arcades by Bally Midway on October 11, 1982, nine months after the release of Ms. Pac-Man.[1] The cabinet consists of a 13-inch video screen seated above a shortened, horizontal pinball table. The combination fits into roughly the same size space as an upright arcade machine. 7,000 units were produced.[2]


Play begins on the video screen, where the player controls Baby Pac-Man through a maze.[3] 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, which allow Baby Pac-Man to eat the ghosts.[4] 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 located just below the monitor when the player travels down either of them.[5][6]

Pinball mode[edit]

The mechanical pinball section operates as a traditional, though smaller, pinball table. 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 of which are used in the video mode.[7] After losing a ball, the game resumes on the video screen, but with the chutes closed. The player must clear the maze or lose a life to reopen the chutes. The game ends when the player runs out of lives.


  1. ^ "Miss Conception Baby Pac-Man Bally/Midway". Joystik Magazine. April 1983. p. 11. Retrieved December 18, 2022.
  2. ^ "Baby Pac-Man". The Internet Pinball Database Presents Baby Pac-Man. Archived from the original on June 17, 2011. Retrieved July 2, 2010.
  3. ^ Campbell, Stuart (May 2002). "Emulation Zone". PC Zone. No. 115. p. 21. Retrieved December 18, 2022.
  4. ^ Sharpe, Rodger C. (May 1983). "Plain and Fancy Games Vie for Quarters". Electronic Games. pp. 88–89. Retrieved December 18, 2022.
  5. ^ "Bally's Baby Pac-Man". Video Games. Vol. 1, no. 11. August 1983. pp. 34–35. Retrieved December 18, 2022.
  6. ^ Ward, Ed (February 1, 1983). "Baby Pac may bring pinball back". Austin American-Statesman. p. 10. Archived from the original on December 17, 2022. Retrieved December 17, 2022 – via
  7. ^ "Pinball". Computer and Video Games. Vol. 2, no. 5. April 1983. p. 30. Retrieved December 18, 2022.

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