The First Lady of Arcade Games Makes Her PC Debut

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 31, 1998 — Shipping today, Microsoft Corp.’s Revenge of Arcade reunites Ms. Pac-Man with a few of her closest friends – Pac-Man, Centipede and Dig Dug – who have recently made the transition from the popular arcade halls to the personal computer. Microsoft® Revenge of Arcade, which includes Ms. Pac-Man, Xevious, Rally-X, Mappy and Motos, offers players the most authentic arcade experience available on the PC. In addition to the release of Revenge of Arcade, Microsoft announced the scheduled November availability of another family entertainment title that delivers the fun and nostalgia of the arcade, Microsoft Pinball Arcade.

“We are building on the success of one of our most popular product lines and continuing to bring players the most realistic and authentic classic arcade games,” said Ed Fries, general manager of the games group at Microsoft.

Ms. Pac-Man Fever

Microsoft Revenge of Arcade combines five classic arcade games – Ms. Pac-Man, Xevious, Rally-X, Mappy and Motos – into one collection that offers a nostalgic trip to the simple yet compelling arcade games of the early 1980s. These games have been exactly replicated from the original coin-operated machines to produce the most realistic arcade experience available for the PC.

“From the start-up screen until the moment you enter your initials into the high score, this is as close as you can get to actually playing the real thing,” said Keith Feinstein, creator of Videotopia ( ), a traveling exhibit that explores the art, science and history of video games in the world. “The Microsoft Arcade series sets the standard for replicating the classics on the PC.”

Microsoft Revenge of Arcade games can be easily and uniquely customized. Players can increase the number of lives for Ms. Pac-Man, pump up the enemy intelligence in Xevious or increase the bonus levels in Rally-X.

You Sure Play a Mean Pinball

Scheduled to be available in early November, Microsoft Pinball Arcade combines seven licensed pinball table games that represent the evolution of pinball around the globe, taking players on a nostalgic trip through the 20th century. The collection brings the history of arcade pinball games to the PC, representing each decade from 1930 to 1990, including Baffle Ball (1932), one of the first pinball prototypes; Humpty Dumpty (1947), the first pinball game with flippers; Haunted House (1982), the first triple-decker table; as well as Knock Out, Slick Chick, Spirit of 76 and Cue Ball Wizard. Pinball Arcade offers players authentic PC pinball game play, including a realistic physics model and superior graphics. All seven pinball table games offer a quick, action-packed break for stress relief or fun.

Microsoft Revenge of Arcade and Microsoft Pinball Arcade build on the success of the Microsoft Arcade line, which includes Microsoft Arcade (Asteroids® , Centipede® , Battlezone

and Missile Command
), the No. 1 arcade PC game title (1993 and 1994), and Microsoft Return of Arcade (Pac-Man, Dig Dug, Galaxian and Pole Position), the No. 1 arcade PC game title (1996 and 1997) and the No. 11 PC game title (1997), according to PC Data.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.


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Ms. Pac-Man, Xevious, Rally-X, Mappy and Motos have been licensed from Namco.

Asteroids and Centipede are registered trademarks and Battlezone, Missile Command and Tempest are trademarks of Atari Corp.

Pac-Man, Dig Dug, Galaxian and Pole Position,
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