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Nothing But Mazes

by Greg Boettcher

Science Fiction

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(based on 7 ratings)
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About the Story

In this large game, you play as Gary Randall, a man who had a heart attack in 2026, was frozen in a cryogenic tube, then revived in 2189 by green aliens from Oo. Humanity bombed itself back to the Iron Age in 2068 and aliens rule the planet now. And these aliens insist that you will play their new interactive fiction game, Nothing But Mazes, which is filled with mazes and death traps. Oh, and you'll die in real life if you die in the game. Doesn't that sound like fun?

[This Introcomp 2006 entry was completed in August 2019.]

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: August 1, 2019
Current Version: 2.01
License: Freeware
Development System: TADS 3
Baf's Guide ID: 2918
TUID: ovbxika0f1e03g6i

Makes reference to Xenos, by Robert Arnstein
Makes reference to Strange Odyssey, by Scott Adams
Makes reference to Countdown to Doom, by Peter D. Killworth
Makes reference to Snowball, by Mike Austin, Nick Austin, Pete Austin, and Ian Buxton
Makes reference to Planetfall, by Steve Meretzky
Makes reference to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams and Steve Meretzky
Makes reference to Fish!, by John Molloy, Pete Kemp, Phil South, Rob Steggles
Makes reference to Gateway 2: Homeworld, by Mike Verdu and Glen Dahlgren
Makes reference to Deep Space Drifter, by Michael J. Roberts and Steve McAdams
Makes reference to The Legend Lives!, by David Baggett
Makes reference to Spider and Web, by Andrew Plotkin
Makes reference to Fallacy of Dawn, by Robb Sherwin
Makes reference to Shogun, by James Clavell, Dave Lebling
Makes reference to Zork I, by Marc Blank and Dave Lebling
Makes reference to Wishbringer, by Brian Moriarty


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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
A Sci-Fi Fairy Tale ..., August 11, 2010
by Tristano (Italy)

Nothing But Mazes is a strange piece of IF: there are parts of the story in which the player doesn't really play but reads along, screen after screen. So it's part fiction, part interactive fiction.

Both the game and its language are simple but polished, so it suits also kids. The author has put a great deal of fantasy in the story and I've found it really interesting. As a game, I have to admit that the puzles are quite simple, but I enjoyed them.

The game has sound and hand-drawn graphics (very nice indeed) which add atmosphere to it.

I got to the end of Nothing But Mazes: it's "to be continued". So I hope that Greg Boettcher will bring it to completion because it's worth it.

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