Märchen Maze [Model NC90008]
The NEC PC-Engine Game by NAMCO, Ltd.
Emulated in MAME !
[CONSOLE] NEC PC-Engine Game
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Märchen Maze is a cute action/platform game by Namco, conversion of their own arcade game. The player guides Alice through Namco's version of Wonderland and each level features traditional themes from the sugary delights of a Candy World to a freezing and slippery Ice World. Alice has only one weapon to choose from and she needs to use it wisely in order to survive the nine long worlds behind the mirror. The harmless looking Bubble Blower is deceivingly lethal and can knock enemies off the platform ledge and down to oblivion. The player can also hold the fire button to charge up even larger and much more effective bubbles. However, it turns out that Alice's enemies use the same trick - they fire colored marbles that can push the little girl towards the ledge of the platform and to her doom... as long as she doesn't run out of balloons, the only way she has to survive the bottomless pits. Thankfully, gift boxes scattered around each level and contain special items such as extra balloons, rabbit shields, super jump shoes and the almighty multi way bubble blower.
HuCARD ID: NC90008
HuCARD Size: 2 Mbits.
Released on December 11, 1990 in Japan for 5500 Yen.
1990 - Consoles + HS N.2 [FR]: 91/100
Märchen Maze was an arcade game originally released by Namco in 1988. The PC Engine port only uses a 'flat 2D background' and the levels layout is slightly different. It is also interesting to notice that some enemies were omitted.
Game's description by Laurent Kermel; http://www.videogameden.com