Labyrinth: Maou no Meikyuu

a.k.a. ラビリンス 魔王の迷宮

published by Tokuma Shoten / Activision in 1987-01-07, developed by Atlus, running on Nintendo Entertainment System
type: action/reflex, maze, adventure
genre: Fantasy
series: Labyrinth movie tie-in
perspective: bird's-eye
player options: single player
languages: jpn

Personal reviews (2)

Labyrinth is a game based on Jim Henson's Labrinth movie from 1986. The Famicom version is a totally different game from the Lucasfilm Games/Activision adventure game for home computers. Your goal is to find 12 parts of a key to rescue your little brother from the Goblin king. And true to its name the levels are complicated mazes, complete with secret warps and so on. Having a walkthrough and maps at hand really helps for this game. The game is unspectacular but playable and implemented a few interesting ideas, like a level where the forest trees change location or another level where the directional controls are changing randomly. Collected coins and treasure can be spend to upgrade offensive and defensive capabilities as well as buying more time.

# 2010-12-04 13:44:35
Teenager (jail bait) Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) refuses to grow up and during a childish fit, accidentally gives her little brother to the The Goblin King (David Bowie). Needless to say she wants him back (so she won't get in trouble). The Goblin King agrees she can be let out of the deal and rescue her little brother if she can navigate his labyrinth before his clock, with 13 hours instead of 12, runs out. The biggest obstacles are presented by Sarah's refusal to grow up. She insists on collecting junk like stuffed animals, costume jewelery, books for little girls and other such things that adults don't need. Furthermore, the labyrinth is unfair and the Goblin King cheats, often pushing his clock forward. This time limit and unfairness of the movie is included in this game. Us Americans are too dumb and lazy to play an unfair game, so it was never published outside of Japan.

(Zerothis) - # 2007-01-05 19:40:24

Technical specs

display: raster

Editor note

Activision did plan to publish this game in the USA. But it seems nothing became of this project. Perhaps there is a prototype in existence. Regardless, anyone dedicated enough to track down a prototype of this game may as well buy the Japanese version to play (English translation patch is available).

Once again a Japanese only release of a game based on a North American movie.

# 2013-07-29 20:48:55

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