Märchen Maze (TurboGrafx-16)

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Märchen Maze is a platform/shooter game and conversion of Namco's 1988 arcade game of the same name. The gameplay remains largely the same - the player takes control of Alice who must shoot bubbles at enemies to knock them off platforms. Unlike the arcade original which was in isometric perspective, Märchen Maze on the PC Engine is an overhead game. This version features different stages than the arcade game, and because of the lack of a time limit, many of the stages are much more expansive. The chequered platforms at the end of a level are static rather than moving, hopping on to them automatically takes you to the boss. Also, instead of starting from a checkpoint when you die, your lives are represented by balloons. Should Alice fall, you'll be respawned on the spot.


Märchen Maze TurboGrafx-16 The boss is stage 8 is Big Tortoise - straw hat & sunglasses wearing mustachioed turtle
Märchen Maze TurboGrafx-16 Stage 7 - the Sky Kingdom features many Mad Hatters, and these guys hide under their hats to protect them from Alice's attacks
Märchen Maze TurboGrafx-16 Stage 3 - the Green Kingdom is full of slimes
Märchen Maze TurboGrafx-16 Stage 6 - the Water Kingdom with lots of hopping between oncoming rafts, trying to get to the safe platforms, plus you have to watch out for the cards and dragonflies

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Alternate Titles

  • "メルヘンメイズ" -- Japanese spelling

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Video Game Den Apr 22, 2010 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Play Time May, 1991 80 out of 100 80
1UP! Jul 06, 2007 73 out of 100 73


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Fan translation

Complete English and French translation patches for use with a ROM image of the game were released in October 2012.
Infernos (17321) added Märchen Maze (TurboGrafx-16) on Sep 15, 2014