Mazes are always fun to solve and this game, aptly named AMAZE, features tons of
complicated labyrinths for players to solve. It follows the player, a yellow
pixelated emoji face, navigating wildly confusing mazes to find an exit and move to
the next level. Of course, there are many obstacles on his path, spikes, red-faced
enemies, and many pixelated forms of danger, who interchange their weapon of choice
after every level. It is not enough that mazes are contorted in unrecognizable shapes,
the platforms are also set up in a multi-colored patchwork of a mosaic that is quite
consternating to look at.
With some levels having not so cryptic messages writing in a congregation of colors
and telling players messages like “There is no escape from your own nightmare”, Amaze
is definitely made to confuse its players. Amaze is no doubt a maze and players must
heed that warning before pressing play on this mind-boggling adventure of finding an exit.
Made by New Era Software in 1989 and released on DOS, it was later upgraded with a much
harder version called Insanity. When players begin and the front screen opens up with
“A game to amaze, astound, and drive you completely insane”, it is obvious the new
iteration of AMAZE certainly builds on the oddities of its predecessor and amps up the
obstacles including booting the player after a single death.
Equipped with limited ammunition and dwindling health bars, players of Amaze will certainly
be in for an insane ride into a labyrinth of complexity.
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