Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Midi Maze


Midi Maze hit the shelves in 1987 thanks to Xanth FX and this was an early taste of multiplayer first-person shooting. We're inside a maze of smilies who are hovering about looking for our blood. Ignore their happy exterior because they're anything but nice and out for the win! So shoot them before they shoot you - the last sphere standing wins!

The controls are rather straightforward and easy to learn. Choose either a joystick or mouse and I personally think the joystick is best. Solo mode allows up to 15 computer controlled bots to battle with three levels of AI. The tough nuts are "not so dumb" and I deliberately didn't select those for the animation, above!! Put those midi cables to some use and invite your friends over! Midimaze can run with 2-16 Atari ST computers linked together. Which is staggering!!

The walls might be paper thin and without any texture or ambient lighting, but do remember just how old this game is. Frame-rates are fast with exceptionally smooth movement and I was impressed to see the baddies have shadows, thus adding perspective. Sound effects aren't going to win any awards but they do their job well enough.

There is nothing I enjoy more than a first person shooter and Midi Maze certainly packs its own unique punch. Single player is welcome and works very well but Midi Maze comes into its own when linked with other Atari computers. One of the best games I have featured here on AtariCrypt and Midi Maze is a true Atari ST gaming legend!

LINKS

 - Check out this Midi Maze fanzine (German but Google Translate can help!)
 - Here is a PDF document of the original game manual
 - Atarimania has all three games listed in their Atari ST database.
 - Floppy disk images are available from Old Games Finder.