List of maze video games

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Maze game is a video game genre description first used by journalists during the 1980s to describe any game in which the entire playing field was a maze. Quick player action is required to escape monsters, outrace an opponent, or navigate the maze within a time limit.

Top-down maze games[edit]

1973

1976

1977

1978

  • Slot Racers, Atari, Atari 2600
  • Take the Money and Run, Magnavox, Odyssey²

1979

1980

1981

  • The Hand,[2] TIC, Arcade
  • K-Razy Shoot-Out, CBS Electronics, Atari 8-bit, Atari 5200
  • Pulsar, Sega, Arcade
  • Route 16, Tekhan/Sun, Arcade

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

2003

2008

2009

First-person maze games[edit]

Maze chase games[edit]

This genre is exemplified by Namco's Pac-Man (1980),[8] where the goal is to collect dots while avoiding enemies that are chasing the player. Pac-Man spawned many sequels and clones. In Japan, they are often called "dot eat games".

1979

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

1987

1988

  • Knicker-Bockers,[45] StarSoft, Atari 8-bit
  • Mad Mix, Topo Soft, Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum, Atari ST, others
  • Snowplow, ANALOG Computing, Atari 8-bit
  • Yuu Maze, Taito, Famicom Disk System

1989

1990

  • Hacman II, freeware, Atari ST
  • Perplexity, Superior, BBC Micro, Acorn Electron
  • Trog, Midway, Arcade

1991

  • Jungle Jim, Energize, Amiga

1992

  • GobMan,[46] Shareware, MS-DOS

1993

  • CD-Man,[47] Creative Dimensions, MS-DOS
  • Mean Arenas, Nite Time, Amiga
  • Tinkle Pit, Namco, Arcade

1995

  • Go! Go! Mile Smile,[48] Funki, Arcade

1996

1998

2006

  • Pac the Man X,[49] McSebi, OS X

2010

Grid capture games[edit]

In grid capture games, also called line coloring games, the maze consists of lines, and the goal is to capture rectangular areas by traversing their perimeters. The gameplay is not fundamentally different than Pac-Man (players still have to navigate the entire maze to complete a level) but enough games have used the grid motif that it is a distinct style. One unique element is that it is possible to capture multiple rectangles simultaneously, usually for extra points. Amidar established the model for this subgenre.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "The Hand arcade video game by TIC". Gaming History. 
  3. ^ Maze Death Race
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  5. ^ "Bumpomov's Dogs". Atari Mania. 
  6. ^ "Top Ten Commodore Vic-20 Games". Retro Gamer. June 9, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Lady Tut". Gamebase 64. 
  8. ^ a b "ARCADE MIND GAMES", Sinclair User, June 1984 
  9. ^ "Project Future Review", CRASH, Newsfield (14): 44, March 1985. 
  10. ^ "Raiders5 - Videogame by UPL". Killer List of Video Games. 
  11. ^ a b Reed, Matthew. "Deathmaze 5000". TRS-80.org. 
  12. ^ http://www.atarimagazines.com/compute/issue40/caves_of_ice.php
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  14. ^ "3D Glooper". Lemon 64. 
  15. ^ Boyle, L. Curtis. "Cave Hunter". The Tandy Color Computers Game List. 
  16. ^ "Chomper". Atari Mania. 
  17. ^ "Scarfman". TRS-80.org. 
  18. ^ "Changes - Videogame by Orca". KLOV. 
  19. ^ Hockman, Daniel (November 1982). "Micro-Reviews: Crazey Mazey" (PDF). Computer Gaming World. 2 (6): 41. 
  20. ^ "Labyrinth". AtariMania. 
  21. ^ "Pig Pen". The Personal Computer Museum. 
  22. ^ "Streaking". Killer List of Video Games. 
  23. ^ "Track Attack". ROM (1): 23. August 1983. 
  24. ^ "Dot Gobbler". Lemon 64. 
  25. ^ http://www.atariarchives.org/APX/showinfo.php?cat=20195
  26. ^ a b "GHOST GOBBLING", CRASH, April 1984 
  27. ^ "ZX-81 Software Scene", Sinclair User, ECC (17), August 1983. 
  28. ^ Passey, Chris; Uffindell, Matthew (July 1984), "Run It Again - Electro Gobble: Pacman Type Games", CRASH, Newsfield (6). 
  29. ^ "IBM PCjr. Exclusive Games - ScubaVenture & Mouser". Nerdly Pleasures. 
  30. ^ "Munch Man 64". Lemon 64. 
  31. ^ "Pacar". Sega Does. 
  32. ^ "Pacmania". Lemon 64. 
  33. ^ "Plaque Man". Atari Mania. 
  34. ^ "Power Blaster". The Personal Computer Museum. 
  35. ^ "Preppie! II". Atari Mania. 
  36. ^ "Scooby Doo's Maze Chase". Invellision Lives. 
  37. ^ "C64 Review - Trashman". 
  38. ^ "Van-Van Car". Killer List of Video Games. 
  39. ^ Boyle, L. Curtis. "Ms. Maze". The Tandy Color Computers Game List. 
  40. ^ "Munch Mania". Lemon 64. 
  41. ^ Wheatley, Sean (April 2, 2007). "Forgotten Gems of the Maze Chase Genre". The Next Level. 
  42. ^ "Spriteman 64". Lemon 64. 
  43. ^ "Floppy-Eater!". Gamebase 64. 
  44. ^ "Gobbler's Revenge". Gamebase 64. 
  45. ^ "Knicker-Bockers". Atari 8-bit Forever. 
  46. ^ "GobMan". RGB Classic Games. 
  47. ^ Download page for CD-Man, on DOS Games Archive, with screenshots
  48. ^ Thorpe, Nick (September 28, 2015). "Go! Go! Mile Smile". Retro Gamer. 
  49. ^ Cohen, Peter (2006-02-15). "Pac the Man X". Macworld. 
  50. ^ Blader Runner footage at YouTube 
  51. ^ "Pesky Painter". Gamebase 64. 
  52. ^ "Panel Panic". MSX Games World. 

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