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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2004
4 of the 5 games aren't that bad. Galaga and Mappy are really well done. Pole Position was baffling until we read the instructions, and now it's ok. I don't remember Xevious that well but it's fun to play.

But we bought this for Ms. Pac-Man, and it's the pits. A bunch of people have already pointed out the almost non-functional joystick. Trying to get MPM to go down is like pulling teeth. And there are many bugs in the program:

1) The ghosts don't "chase" you. They just detect your general where-abouts. Try getting them to follow you so you can chomp them up after eating the big dot. It doesn't happen. Say bye-bye to high scores.

2) The Ms. Pac-Man is too slow in relation to the ghosts, so chasing them when they're blue is very hard, even in the first screen when it's supposed to be easy (and fun).

3) The collision detection is pitiful. In the arcade, if you hit a blue ghost halfway, you still get the points. In Jakk's version, you don't. Sometimes, MPM passes completely and directly THROUGH blue ghosts as if there were nothing there!!

4) Going through the tunnel? Good luck. MPM can get stuck in there, ending up in the "wall" between the two left tunnels, and you cannot move her. The ghosts just circle around her, not sure what to make of it! I'm not sure myself!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 2004
this is a great concept toy, takes some of us back a while... i agree with some people that most of the games work great galag no porblem left to right movement, but i find ms. pacman to be extremely frustrating. i contacted manufacturer jakks who confirmed that "We are aware of the fact that the Ms. Pacman joystick behaves in a manner that does not suit the tastes of all consumers" and..."Also, the joystick behavior for Ms. Pacman has caused frustration for some consumers who are not used to the original Ms. Pacman. In both the original version and our version, you can't slide the joystick from the left or right position to the up or down position. You must let the joystick return to the center before it will go up or down. "

well sorry but i wanted a game that took me back for nostalgic reasons but not to drive me nuts, i still have a problem w/ ms. pacman had threee people try and they all complained that even if you let the joystick back to center and then down or up one feels that there is a delay or hesitation ion the game, if the ghosts where slower then the joystick would be fine. basically the joystick should of improved within the last 20 years the game is the classic who cares about the originality of the pain in your wrist(i.e carpeltunnel syndrome...)

by this for fun but with all the other game hardware out there this may "frustrate" some consumers...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2004
I first bought the PacMan one. I loved it's look but hated the way PacMan would run right through ghosts sometimes. And I thought the Galaxian sucked so I returned it. I figured I'd wait for Ms. PacMan which I just bought a couple hours ago. I even read the reviews and I agree: There is a major problem when you try to move up or down on this unit. And sometimes she'd switch directions and run right back in to Speedy the red ghost like he was a magnet. The Galaga worked fine but I did not like the left sided button. I hate to say it , because I loooove Ms PacMan but I will be returning this back to WalMart after playing a few more frustrated hours on it. I am now going to order a "Hot Rod" controller & build a MAME cabinet loaded with every game there is including (MsPacMan,SuperPacMan,DonkeyKong 3,Dragon's Lair,MoonPatrol,Jungle King,Narc,Snow Bros.,Pang,Zaxxon,Tron,Joust, & you name it)

If Jakk's improves this product,Preferably with buttons on both sides of the joystick, I may buy this again because I like the portability aspect of this gizmo but not until they start doing a little product research on this item. I imagine alot of these will be getting returned. I should have trusted the reviews. I heard they're making Frogger next and they better sort it out because that game relies alot on being able to move in all directions as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 31, 2004
I agree with everyone who complains about the joystick problems with Ms. Pac Man. It definately does not work like the original. I suggest we all call them every week (or more often if you like) and ask if they are fixing it. Sooner or later, they will have to fix it. The toll free number is 1-877-875-2557.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 1, 2004
The game I received from amazon.com, the joy stick DOES NOT work right. You can't always go the direction you want to go. You give it input to move, but the game decides which way it wants to go. Makes playing the game very difficult. I hope this is just a fluke of this game, and not other ms. pac man games.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 6, 2004
We had the same problems everyone else mentioned here (confusing pole position controls, inability to control ms. pacman, etc. ). However, we had an additional problem that no one else seems to have mentioned (and it could not just have been a fluke as we bought and returned 2 separate units and experienced the same problem for both).

On Galaga, our fighter gets captured, and an additional fighter does not appear; the game is basically in a holding pattern and you have to restart. Has this happened to anyone else?

Also, on Ms. Pacman, the sound gets screwy and you jump from the first level to like the fifth level for some reason sometimes. Is it just us???
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2005
I was a Ms. Pac-Man fan growing up...spent hours at the arcade playing this game as a kid. So as you can imagine, I was thrilled when the repro was put on the market.

I ran home, inserted my batteries and plugged it into my TV. Voila! I couldn't wait to play.

Unfortunately, the stiff joystick made it difficult to maneuver. At times I had no control over where Ms. Pac Man was going. I'd move her left and she'd run right into a ghost. It was more frustrating than anything.

I gave it 2 stars for nostalgia's sake and the cost. But even at $20, it's not worth the aggravation. Save your money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 5, 2008
First, let me say the $119.99 price tag on this item is TOTALLY outrageous and unbelievable. I purchased this same item about a year ago for $19.99. You can still find it for $19.99 in stores. I'm hoping Amazon's price is a typo.

As for the unit itself, it's very awkward and hard to use. Also, unless I just don't remember correctly, the games are not of the same quality as they were way back when. Additionally, more times than not, the games "freeze", causing you to have to start from scratch.

I downloaded some of these old games to my cellphone, and sadly, the quality is much better.
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on December 3, 2007
Sure, Ms. Pac-Man is just as addictive as it was in the arcade 25 years ago and it's a blast to re-visit the exact same game. BUT unless you have incredibly flexible hands, the design of the actual game box is dreadful. There is no comfortable way to hold it (even if you're ambidextrous). It is not heavy enough to stay put on a table or flat surface on its own. Might Namco consider adding a handle to it, or some other way to keep it stable without cramping your hands? As others have rightly pointed out, the so-called "twist" joystick leaves a lot to be desired -- it simply doesn't respond the way a real joystick does. I've never been able to get beyond the second level because of it (on the arcade game I could play for hours). All of this adds up to a lot of frustration and a product that won't get used very often.
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on July 20, 2004
Yes, the joystick stinks on Ms Pac Man. I also went through the passage to the other side of the screen and the ghosts turned blue, and a power pellet disappeared from the screen, although i was nowhere near it. Galaga works well, as well as Zevious, and Mappy. I love the steering on Pole Position. The first time I played, I went off the course and could not get back on. I thought it was broken, until i read the directions and it said to use the yellow ball at the top of the joystick to steer. Great, idea, the handling on that car is awesome now!
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