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Märchen Maze

Märchen Maze Sharp X68000 Loading screen

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4.0
Sharp X68000
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Description

Märchen Maze ("märchen" means fairy tale in German) is an isometric platform/shooter game loosely based on Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland novels.

The game's story begins as Alice is awakened in the middle of the night by a voice from her mirror, it's Tokei Usagi (who is the game's equivalent of the White Rabbit), he needs Alice's help to rescue the world of mirrors from the Dark Queen who has conquered it. Alice must knock enemies over the edge with her bubble blower through nine different worlds, collecting various power-ups, such as rabbit shields and super jump shoes, along the way. Holding down the fire button generates bigger bubbles, resulting in greater knockback strength. However, various enemies are also trying to knock Alice off by firing colored marbles that can push Alice over the edge unless they are avoided or jumped over. There's also a 3 minute time limit for each round and if you run out of time the invincible Jikangire Monster will appear and automatically force Alice off the edge of the platforms if he touches her.

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Märchen Maze Sharp X68000 Stage 1, featuring Mushrooms wearing sunglasses and smoking cigarettes
Märchen Maze Arcade Title Screen.
Märchen Maze Arcade Have a shield.
Märchen Maze Arcade Path is very thin

Alternate Titles

  • "メルヘンメイズ" -- Japanese spelling

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References to the game

Alice appears as a hidden unlockable character in Family Tennis Advance.

Related Web Sites

  • Gaming Hell (Information about Märchen Maze, the context and history behind it, plus an exhaustive play-by-play commentary with helpful hints and tips)
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