I bought this game at an auction in August of 1996. Its pretty beat up, but I got it for fairly cheap as Ms. Pac-Mans (Ms. Pac-Men?) go because a) It looked bad, and b) it didn't work. Being my first game purchase, I was kind of nervous about buying a game that didn't work, but I figured what the heck.... When I got it home, all that turned out to be wrong was one of the daughterboards had been plugged in backwards! Of course this blew all the fuses in the power supply, but nothig else was hurt. Yea!
I'm in the midst of converting this game, so that it plays a multitude of other Pac-Man games. Heres what it can play so far (all are switchable by grounding, or pulling up just a few wires):
And of course, the speed variation for most of them.
Eventually it will also contain (as soon as I aquire the PCBs):
So now that I have all the games switchable, how do I switch them? Well, I've been reverse engineering the Pac-Man motherboard so that I can write my own program that will print up a nice menu and let me select which game I want to play, after which it will switch to the game I selected. Sound cool? Well so far I've been able to write a program that displays text on the screen, take input from the joystick and player buttons, so I'm nearing my goal. Since I wish to share all the information and software I've gathered so far, here it is:
If you find any of this interesting, or if you have any comments, problems, or questions, e-mail me! (email@example.com)
You may be interested in Pac-Man/Ms. Pac-Man emulators. Check out
"The arcade emulation programming repository".
I have recently ported the
found there to Macintosh. It can also be found at
this site, which is part of
John Stiles emulation pages.
If you're interested, I'd like to know about it --
Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org. By the
way, the Test ROM I mentioned above
will work with the Multipac emulator. Make a directory called "test". Copy the
test.bin file 4 times and name them test.6e test.6f, test.6h, and test.6j.
Then copy in the standard pac-man roms .5e and .5f and name them test.5e and
test.5f respectively. If you using multipac for the mac simply run the
"Rom Converter". It might complain, but it will work. If your running
multi-pac on the PC then you have to hack the code so it
doesn't return an error when its reading in the file though (the file is not
padded to the full length of the PROM). So don't bother unless you can
re-compile the emulator (or pad the ROM Image to the correct length).
Also of interest might be Dave Spicers "Sparcade" emulator Page.
For other Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man information check out lawnmowermans page.
I bought this game at the same time I bought Ms. Pac-Man. Its really beat up, and I'm currently looking for new monitor bezels, a new blacklight, and possibly some new sideart. The game works great.
These 2 games share a JAMMA cabinet that also houses my friends "Time Soldiers". I am in the midst of repainting this cabinet so that it looks half-way decent. Mr. Do's monitor orientation is opposite that of the "Sky Shark" and "Time Soldiers", so I just have to install some relays on my monitor or something to switch flip the picture vertically and horizontally. Yuch :-)
These 3 games constitute my horizontal JAMMA games and are housed in a "Black Tiger" converted cabinet. Its a bit dirty at the moment, and there's a BIG spider inside, but other than that it works fine. Some day I'll get around to building a universal JAMMA switcher so I don't have to keep opening up the backs and switching the games in and out. By the way, in case you're thinking, "Ghosts 'n Goblins isn't a JAMMA game!", I'll tell you that it will eventually have JAMMA converter on it, and not a bunch of clip-leads, as it currently does!