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 is a maze. Quick player action is required to escape monsters, outrace an opponent, or navigate the maze within a time limit. After the release of Namco's Pac-Man in 1980, many maze games followed its conventions of completing a level by traversing all paths and a way of temporarily turning the tables on pursuers.

Top down maze games[edit]

In a top down maze game, the player can see more of the maze than can the characters who are in it. In rare cases, the maze is vertically-oriented and viewed from the side rather than the top.

Maze chase games are a specific subset of the top down perspective. They’re listed in a separate section.

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1973

1976

1977

1978

1979

1980

1981

  • The Hand,[5] TIC, Arcade
  • K-Razy Shoot-Out, CBS Electronics, Atari 8-bit, Atari 5200
  • Minotaur, Sirius, Apple II
  • Pulsar, Sega, Arcade
  • Route 16, Tekhan/Sun, Arcade

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

  • A-Maze, K'Soft, ZX Spectrum
  • Gauntlet II, Atari Games, Arcade
  • Merlin's Money Maze, Zilec, Arcade
  • Snail Maze, Sega, Master System

1987

1988

1999

  • Tank Trouble,[17] Browser

2003

2008

2009

First-person maze games[edit]

1974

1978

  • Escape!, Muse, Apple II

1980

1981

  • 3D Maze, IJK, BBC Micro, Acorn Electron
  • 3D Monster Maze,[7] Sinclair ZX81, ZX Spectrum
  • Captivity,[19] PDI, Atari 8-bit
  • Space Maze, Program Power, BBC Micro

1982

  • 3D Labyrinth,[20] Llamasoft, VIC-20
  • Dungeons of Daggorath, Tandy Color Computer
  • Maze, Acornsoft, BBC Micro, Acorn Electron
  • Monster Maze, Epyx, Atari 8-bit
  • Phantom Slayer, Med Systems, Dragon 32, TRS-80
  • Spectre, Datamost, Apple II
  • Supermaze, Timex, Timex Sinclair 1000, Sinclair ZX81
  • Wayout, Sirius, Atari 8-bit, Apple II, C64

1983

1984

1985

  • Gyron, Firebird, ZX Spectrum

1987

1991

Maze chase games[edit]

This subgenre is exemplified by Namco's Pac-Man (1980),[14] 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".

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1980

1981

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1983

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1985

1987

1988

  • Knicker-Bockers,[66] StarSoft, Atari 8-bit
  • Mad Mix, Topo Soft, Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum, Atari ST, others
  • Snowplow,[67] ANALOG Computing, Atari 8-bit
  • Yuu Maze, Taito, Famicom Disk System

1989

  • Maze Mania, Hewson, ZX Spectrum, C64, Amstrad CPC
  • Maze of Flott, Taito, Arcade

1990

  • Hacman II, freeware, Atari ST
  • Marty's Nightmare,[68] CoCoPro, Tandy Color Computer 3
  • Perplexity, Superior, BBC Micro, Acorn Electron
  • Trog, Midway, Arcade

1991

  • Jungle Jim,[69] Energize, Amiga, Atari ST

1992

  • GobMan,[70] Shareware, MS-DOS

1993

  • CD-Man,[71] Creative Dimensions, MS-DOS
  • Mean Arenas, Nite Time, Amiga
  • Tinkle Pit, Namco, Arcade

1995

  • Go! Go! Mile Smile,[72] Funki, Arcade

1996

1998

2006

  • Pac the Man X,[73] 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.

1981

1982

  • Blade Runner,[74] Wizardsoft, C64
  • Demolition Herby, Telesys, Atari 2600
  • Jeepers Creepers, Quality, Atari 8-bit
  • Jolly Jogger, Taito, Arcade
  • Macho Mouse, Techstar, Arcade
  • Radar Zone / Out Line, Century, Arcade
  • Pepper II, Exidy, Arcade
  • Time Runner, Funsoft, TRS-80
  • Triple Punch, KKI, Arcade

1983

1984

1986

  • Gapper, freeware, MS-DOS
  • Panel Panic,[78] Aackosoft, MSX

1999

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