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Arcade game:Baby Pac-Man

Bally Midway1982

The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play

Baby Pac-Man is an arcade sequel to Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man. Released in 1982, Baby Pac-Man was designed by Dave Nutting for Midway. The game preserves the Pac-Man identity, but adds a new twist: an attached pinball machine. Play transfers back-and-forth between the video game screen and the pinball machine. Alterations to the original game's play were necessary for the hybrid version to function. One important modification is the location of the energizer pills: they are no longer found in the maze, but in the pinball section instead. These changes to the familiar Pac-Man gameplay did not lead to great success for Baby Pac-Man.
Upon the release of Baby Pac-Man, General Computer Corporation sued Midway over the rights to the Pac-Man family. As the creators of Ms. Pac-Man and the Pac-Man family, General Computer won the case. Although they did not prosper off Baby Pac-Man royalties, they made a significant amount of money from other Pac-Man family merchandise.
Baby Pac-Man is not only a significant addition to the museum's collection of arcade games because of the international fame enjoyed by the original Pac-Man. It is also important due to its combination of traditional video game play and older style pinball machines. It assisted in bridging the gap between early mechanical games and new electronic systems.

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  • Title: Arcade game:Baby Pac-Man
  • Creator: Bally Midway
  • Date Created: 1982, 1982
  • Subject Keywords: video game, electronic game, arcade game, Pac-Man, video game, electronic game, arcade game, Pac-Man
  • Type: Arcade Games, Arcade Games
  • Medium: plastic, metal, glass
  • Object ID: 110.1585, 110.1585

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