MAZE CRAZE - Volume II
From 1983 to 1986 a friend and I made a series of maze books based on games or movies that caught our fancy at the time.
Book Number 1
1983, ladies and gentlemen!
- Centipede This simple maze's movement mimics the frantic back and forth dashing of the player in the actual game.
- Star Wars - Exhaust Port Not really a maze, this blind multiple choice "puzzle" was inspired by the most stressful single moment for me in the 1983 arcade game.
- Time Pilot This tribute to the 1982 button-masher Time Pilot meandered from the source material by featuring impassable clouds and the goal of fetching the time tape to fix the ripped time barrier (how convenient!).
- Donkey Kong Jr. Volume II started out with a lot of sequels, and this maze is no exception. This maze stayed a little too close to its source material.
- Tomb of the Pharoah One of my few originally-themed mazes, this maze relies on the deception of shaded "illusory" items to present both false leads and escapes. In my mind's eye, it plays out like a side-scrolling platform game.
- The Empire Strikes Back This is the first "multi-maze" I developed, which basically includes many different styles of mazes linked in a path together. At the end, you have to pick which platform is Cloud City, for some reason.
- Ms. Pac-Man This very-cleared-laid-out-with-a-ruler maze strays pretty far from its source material, but what the hey.
- Defender Imagine a side-scrolling prelude to the arcade game, wherein the pilot must race through a compound to his craft, and you have the thrust of this maze. This was really more of a sidescroller in search of an identity.
- Tron 2 Tron, it appears, can also be translated to a side-scrolling "maze" in this sequel (Tron 1 was part of Volume 1). The different zone defenses work much like rock, paper, scissors.
Making Mazes at Childhood's End
You'll hopefully get a look at some of the worthy, surviving remnants of Volume 1 of Maze Craze at some point. My friend and I would "test run" our mazes on each other--build them throughout the week and then referree for each other's attempts to solve them on the weekend.
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- Volume II
- Number One
- Star Wars - Exhaust Port
- Time Pilot
- Donkey Kong Jr.
- Tomb of the Pharoah
- The Empire Strikes Back
- Ms. Pac-Man
- Tron 2
- Number Two
- Number Three: Time Machine Chase
- Number Four
- Number Five
- Number Six: Arcade Multimaze
- Number Seven
- Number Eight: Arcade Multimaze 2
- Number Nine: Battlezone Special
- Number Ten
- Special Editions
- SE One - Maze Craze Volume I
- SE Two - Old/New Mazes
- SE Three - Holiday Edition
- Mini Mazes #1
- Mini Mazes #2
Maze Craze Books