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Net Yaroze Month: Haunted Maze

This entry is part 2 of 35 in the series Net Yaroze Month. You can see all parts of the series listed at the bottom of this post.

In Net Yaroze Month, we are playing every Net Yaroze game featured on the UK Official Playstation Magazine, and ranking them all in the order we liked them. You may have other opinions as to the ranking, which is awesome.

To learn more about Net Yaroze, read our introductory article here.

Game: Haunted Maze
By: Ed Federmeyer
Genre: Maze
Available on Euro Demos: 38, 42, 83, 92
Dev time: 13 days

Haunted Maze is a 3D-maze game, where your hero has to go around a maze avoiding zombie-looking-monsters, and picking up what looks like giant Lucky Charms.

You can control your character using the D-Pad or analogue controls (which makes it a lot easier to control) and use R2/R2 to change the camera angles. The zombies are fairly unintelligent at first and in the most part wander around aimlessly, though their monochrome design and dog-like growls certainly add to the scare factor.

If you manage to avoid the zombies and collect all the charms, the exit opens and you move on to the next level. As you progress, the zombies increase in number and get a little better at honing in on you.

The game is fast, and much of the time is spent trying to shake off the zombies by leading them on a merry dance. Like many Net Yaroze games, Haunted Maze is simple, but it’s also great fun and stands up to repeat play.

Legacy

Federmeyer appears to have updated Haunted Maze for the iPhone in 2017 – the premise is basically the same, but the Lucky Charms have been replaced by pumpkins. Controlling the character is a bit fiddly though.

The game still appears to have many fans, and an unofficial port has recently turned up on itch.io

Net Yaroze Month rankings:

As this is the first game we’ve looked at, this is an easy one. Haunted Maze goes straight into No.1!

  1. Haunted Maze

Still to play:

  • Haunted Maze
  • Blitter Boy
  • Super Bub Contest
  • Katapila
  • Decaying Orbit
  • Bouncer 2
  • Terra Incognita
  • Blockz
  • Psychon
  • Yaroze Rally
  • Tanx
  • Gravitation
  • Roller
  • Robot Ron
  • Adventure Game
  • Between the Eyes
  • INVS
  • Video Arcade Poker
  • Opera of Destruction
  • Sphere
  • Surf Game
  • Rocks n Gems
  • Yarozians
  • PingPing
  • Game Involving Triangles
  • Pssst
  • Squeak
  • Shroud
  • Total Soccer Yaroze
  • Time Slip
  • Sam the Boulderman
  • Technical Demo
  • Pushy IIb
  • Pandora’s Box
  • Down
  • Snowball Fight
  • Arena
  • A Dog Tale
  • Mah Jongg
  • Samsaric Asymptotes
  • Hover Car Racing
  • Clone
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