[CONSOLE] Nintendo Famicom Disk.
遊メイズ © 1988 Taito Corporation.
Yuu Maze is the conversion of Taito's arcade game Raimais which was also released in 1988. It can be quickly described as a sort of Pac Man on wheels. The game takes place in 2088 and the hero's brother has be kidnapped by the evil Dr Morito and he embarks on a journey to rescue him. The player takes control on a fast futuristic car and the goal of the game is to collect all the capsules (colored dots) scattered around each maze. Other cars obviously tries to stop our hero and the game is a constant and intensive race, pushing the player to take sharp curves without colliding with other vehicles. Special icons can be collected to upgrade the vehicle or trigger special actions. This way the car can be protected by a shield or use a laser-gun. Other icons will clean all capsules on screen (only one level though) or create special warp-doors beaming the player to special bonus stages. A two simultaneous player mode is also available, thus a friend can ride his own vehicle and help the player to clean up each stage. Finally, the game progression can be saved onto the DiskCard and an editor allows the player to create, save and play five different mazes.
Yuu Maze was released on October 28, 1988 in Japan.
The title translates from Japanese as Recreation Maze.
The original arcade game, called Raimais, was released by Taito in 1988. However, graphics are better. It also counts many more cut scenes and the main character, a girl, can be clearly seen in the introduction sequence. The layout of the mazes is also very different and, when a maze is completed, the player is given the choice of four exists instead of two. Finally, the arcade game also count insectoid bosses sadly missing from the Famicom game . Curiously, both arcade and Famicom versions feature the weird goblin looking guy giving you some advice every ten stages or so.