Ms. PAC-MAN

App review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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A classic arcade game, faithfully adapted for mobile play.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

MS. PAC-MAN wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of Play

You have three options for controlling Ms. Pac-Man. The D-Pad (press the direction you want to go) and swipe method (run your finger in the direction you want to travel) both work very well. The tilt method might be fun for novelty value, but it's far too glitchy to use for actually playing the game.

Violence & Scariness

Ms. Pac-Man "eats" the ghosts, meaning they change into pairs of disembodied eyes and float back to the center to reform into full ghosts again. When Ms. Pac-Man gets touched by a ghost, she deflates along with that famous "wah-wah-wah" sound.

Sexy Stuff

Short cut scenes show the courtship between Pac-Man and his Ms., but there's nothing remotely scandalous about it.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a faithful adaptation of the original Ms. Pac-Man arcade game from the 1980s. It is a maze game. For those who grew up playing it, it is just as simple and/or challenging as you remember it, but it will cost you far fewer quarters. Our review is based on the iPhone app; the Android app may have some differences in functionality.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 5, 6, 7, 10, 10, and 17 year old Written byCharlie The Cat December 17, 2011
Teen, 13 years old Written bydr duck August 1, 2010

Expencive but perfect iPhone app.

4.99 is a bit much for an iphone app but ms. pacman is one of the best games in the world so it redems itself
Kid, 8 years old December 30, 2012

great ffor all ages

great for kids of all ages

What's it about?

First, choose from one of three control schemes (tilting the device, using an on-screen joystick, or swiping). Then start moving the little yellow Ms. Pac-Man around the maze, gobbling up dots and fruit and avoiding or eating ghosts and earning points. For all intents and purposes, the game on this app plays the same as the MS. PAC-MAN that many parents will remember from the early days of video games, with a few additional options and no real-life joystick.

Is it any good?

This mobile version of MS PAC-MAN is almost exactly the same as the old-school stand-up version you remember from arcades past. Sure, you don't have that visceral joystick control, but the new touchscreen controls work just great (well, two of the three do). This is the kind of game that feels right at home on a mobile device (as many classic arcade games now do). It's basically the same task over and over, with increasing difficulty each time -- a description which is most definitely not meant as an insult. Kids today will look at Ms. Pac-Man as both a curious artifact from their parents' generation and an entertaining timekiller no different from many of the other app games they're likely to play. Our only gripe: Why does it cost the relatively steep five dollars?

App details

For kids who love arcade games

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