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Lady Bug - August 16, '00 by Personan
Game:Lady BugCompany:Universal
Type:PlatformPlayers:1/2

I must confess I was never very good at Pac Man - In fact I didnít really play Pac Man too much, even at the height of the craze where excellence at Pac Man could earn you fame, fortune and beautiful girls. Instead I was getting my maze-type kicks from a little game called Lady Bug. For me Lady Bug was the intellectualís Pac Man, second only to the great Amidar which I could play with my eyes closed. Unfortunately, like many intellectual pursuits, Lady Bug didnít win me fame, fortune and girls and I doubt if it will for you today.
The idea behind Lady Bug is very similar to Pac Man in that you are in a maze, eating dots and avoiding nasties, But in this case there are no vengeful power pills. Instead, a number of skulls are located in the maze and the idea is to coax the enemy into the skull (but not yourself). The maze is full of small gates which only the player (a Ladybug) can rotate, opening and closing routes. Using these gates to gain access to all the dots (whilst stopping the enemy gaining access to you) is the crux of the game. As in Pac Man the enemies (other insect) appear from their home one at a time, and when all four are on the loose, you can nip into their home and raid their prized vegetable, an event which causes them to stop and panic! for a few valuable seconds. You can also pick up coloured letters to spell "EXTRA" and "SPECIAL" providing bonuses and extra ladybugs. However this is quite a challenge in the later stages when the enemies emerge and travel much faster. As in Pac Man, the hook of the game is to get to the next stage and discover what the next fruit (or in this case vegetable) is. Unlike in Pac Man, in this game you also get a new type of enemy insect on each stage.
Graphically Lady Bug is on a par with Pac Man and other games of the era and everything is faithfully reproduced in MAME. For me the sound is slightly more advanced having a nice irritating musical score changing periodically to define different situations in the game. Emulation is perfect as far as I can tell and you wont need NASA spec equipment to run this one. Just remember to use a decent joystick or joypad to avoid those frustrating moments when the Ladybug decides to eat the enemies or skulls. My tip for the day? Donít build a cabinet with a microswitched joystick (like I just did) if you like these sort of games.
Graphics
7
7
Sound
Play Control
8
9
Challenge
Replay Value
7
9
Performance

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