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Midi-Maze (Atari ST)

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Midi-Maze, played on Atari STs linked up via MIDI cables, is among the first multiplayer first-person shooter for home micros, and a descendant of the original Maze War from the 1970s.

The game is set in a maze with 90° corners, and all graphics are drawn with filled polygons. Weapon systems are limited to a plain gun with a small reloading interval. All the participants are represented by big, floating smiling faces. Up to sixteen players may compete simultaneously, but those who wish to train before a match can do it alone against drones. It is possible both to play one against all or to team up.


Midi-Maze Atari ST Title screen
Midi-Maze Atari ST Setting up a team match
Midi-Maze Atari ST He hardly seems to be aware of my presence
Midi-Maze Atari ST Looks like my teammate has engaged the enemy

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Happy Computer Nov, 1987 81 out of 100 81
Génération 4 Jan, 1988 80 out of 100 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Feb, 1988 8 out of 10 80
Power Play Dec, 1987 7.5 out of 10 75
The Games Machine (UK) Apr, 1988 62 out of 100 62


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As in the 1980st year no home computer featured real networking support beside serial-cable connections between two computers, Midi Maze is using a trick to connect up to 16 players: as the Atari ST is having Midi-in and Midi-out connectors for keyboards and sound equipment, these were used to build up a ring-network. Computer 1 Midi-Out is connected to Computer 2 Midi-In, Computer 2 Midi-Out is connected to Computer 3 Midi-In and so forth with the last computer connecting again to Computer-1. This builds a very cheap network for more than two Atari ST computers.

"LAN" parties with Midimaze

Being one of the first multiplayer game accessible to private people outside of universities with access to very expensive workstations, this game also established the first "LAN" parties, where several people meet in a location, bringing their computer and play with other people over local - in this case: Midi - network. On demoscene parties or in regions with lot of Atari ST support it was very common to play Midi-Maze with lots of people. Even after 2010, there still are some groups holding regular Midi-Maze tournaments on the Atari ST (although playing Midi-Maze 2 mostly).

Atari 8-bit

MIDI Maze was ported by Michael Park to Atari's 8-bit computers, commissioned by Atari themselves. Even though the port was finished and even the packaging underway, Atari decided to never publish it for the 8-bitters.

More information can be found at Atariprotos.


  • ST Format
    • May 1990 (Issue #10) - Included in the list "ST Format's 30 Kick-Ass Classics"

Игги Друге (46396) added Midi-Maze (Atari ST) on Jan 27, 2008