Nothing But Mazes

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Science Fiction
Virtual reality
Virtual reality
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IntroComp 2006
Second runner-up
Nothing But Mazes
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Author(s) Greg Boettcher
Publisher(s) {{{publisher}}}
Release date(s) 17-Jul-2006, Aug-2019, Jun-2020
Authoring system TADS 3
Platform(s) TADS 3
Language(s) English
License(s) Freeware
Color effects none
Graphics optional for intro, required for full game
Sound/Music optional music
Cruelty scale Cruelty to be determined

How It Begins

You awaken paralyzed in darkness, and eventually are retrieved by an alien civilization that has awakened you from near-death cryogenic suspension to assist in some project of theirs. The nature of this test, and why you are there, is still unknown...

Notable Features

The game includes a split-screen display with an illustration window and a text window, reminiscent of the Legend Entertainment-era IF.


Release 1: IntroComp Version (.exe version)

The zipfile includes the following relevant files:

  • mazes_intro.exe: The game itself.
  • mazes_intro.3r0: Optional music module.
  • mazes_readme.txt: Notes from the author about the game.

Note that the IntroComp version of the game was released as a Windows executable. Linux users at the time could run it under Wine, a utility that allows the use of Windows executables on Linux. At the time of the comp, only the interpreter in the HTML TADS Player's Kit for Windows was able to play this game successfully, so the author felt it was safer to bundle the game as an executable. See the readme file for more info on the difficulties. Nowadays, Linux users can run the .t3 file in QTads.

The .t3 version of the intro

This is the version of the intro to use if you are using a classic Macintosh (pre-OS X) and the HyperTADS interpreter, Linux and the QTads interpreter, or a modern Mac (OS X) and the QTads or CocoaTADS interpreter. It will also run on Windows machines, of course.

Full release version 2.0x

Version history from author's website.

  • v2.01 released 2020-06. Bug fixes.
  • v2.0 released 2019-08. Full release.
  • v1 released 2016-07: IntroComp version.

See author's website to download the game and watch trailer.

  • Multiplatform .t3
  • Windows .exe


Reviews (for IntroComp version)