Arena: Maze of Death

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Arena: Maze of Death
Arena: Maze of Death
European cover art
Developer(s) Eden Entertainment Software[1]
Publisher(s) Sega
Programmer(s) Stuart Middleton
Tim Round
Julian Scott
Artist(s) Jason Evans
Robert Dorney
Gordon Theobold
Composer(s) Paul Lathem[2]
Platform(s) Sega Game Gear
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Action
Mode(s) Single-player

Arena/Maze of Death (known in Europe as Arena) is an isometric action video game created by Eden Entertainment Software for the Sega Game Gear. Players have to play the role as a one-person mercenary squad who is trapped in heavily guarded and deadly areas with the primary goal of surviving. This game was released late in the Game Gear's life span.

Setting[edit]

While navigating through a maze, the main character is confronted by two enemies wielding guns.

The setting is a futuristic city in the year 2026.[3]

A television broadcasting company called Astralnet Broadcasting Company (ABC) was created to secretly control the population and keep them brainwashed. A pro-democratic sympathizer, Guy Freelander, is charged with the task of navigating through a warehouse district, an industrial park, and an old abandoned train station in order to enter a high-rise building through a weakly defended "back door" and broadcast proof of an evil corporation's wrongdoings over the television stations. Convinced that if they play the tape through ABC's broadcasting, they can convince the repressed population to rise up against the current regime.[3]

Reception[edit]

The four reviewers of Electronic Gaming Monthly commented on how advanced the game's graphics are, saying that it looks better than even many contemporary Sega Genesis games. Most of them also praised the complexity and fun of the gameplay, and said it was the best Game Gear release to come out in months. They gave it an average score of 8 out of 10.[4]

In a retrospective review for Allgame, Jonathan Sutyak gave Arena: Maze of Death a rating of 4 out of 5 stars. He praised the open exploration of levels, password feature, easy controls, and advanced graphics, and concluded that the game "will appeal to action and adventure fans alike."[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Arena: Maze of Death at GameFAQs
  2. ^ Media/composer information for Arena: Maze of Death at SMS Power
  3. ^ a b Arena: Maze of Death at MobyGames
  4. ^ "Review Crew: Arena". Electronic Gaming Monthly. Ziff Davis (82): 34. May 1996. 
  5. ^ Sutyak, Jonathan. "Arena: Maze of Death - Review". Allgame. Archived from the original on November 14, 2014.