3D Monster Maze On A REAL Sinclair ZX81 Retro Computer. Gameplay & Commentary




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Soft Tango: Nice - check out my iOS remake of 3D Monster Maze, recreated for the iPhone and iPad! https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/3d-monster-maze/id998388795?mt=8

Bazza H: shared to the coin ops, consoles and computer games Facebook group on the 35th anniversary of the zx81 release 😄

Josh Makler: its because this is not real 3d. its all 2d surfaces. this technique was used a lot back in the day, and sometimes now for artistic effect. a similar effect became used even on more modern software before full 3d graphics cards came into the world -- called isometric 2d which was just a top down 2d view where the sprites were made to appear 3d.

this is much simpler. how he got the dungeons randomized im not sure. but I can say definitively the graphics are all 2d -- imagine you created the maze in MS paint for example -- you arent looking 'down a corridor' your looking at a flat picture that appears to BE a 2d corridor. very clever for an early game, but not actually 3d. there are no wireframes or models.

since it is loading a succession of 2d images that appear 3d, the t-rex that appears always appears in the center and isnt animated in the moment of appearance -- but that is actually probably system resource problems with the zx.

hopefully what I said was educational to you. this technique was used in virtually all early '3d' games that werent really 2d, from driving to even isometric games like sonic 3d blast on the genesis/saturn

Ricardo Decend: Check out this android app if you like such nostalgic maze in 3d perspective:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.mdliquid.maze3d&hl=de

Gavin Morgan: Loved this game!!

SquareWaveHeaven: First first-person survival horror game ever?

Ian Edmonds: Big Props.
Dad was production manager on the Timex line in Dundee so I was immersed in the Sinclair computers until Amstrad bought them out. I remember the zx81. It was the first programmable computer I was ever exposed to. I remember my dad spending all day typing in code for some computer game and not getting it to work.
It was like wizardry and incantations at the time but it got my attention....
I learnt to program on the spectrum and I loved it. I've made a successful career out of a hobby I had as a child. Someone from Nasa once gave some great advice:
Get a job doing what you love and you'll never have to work a day in your life.
I love writing code for a living.
:-)
Luv and Peace.

Topesio66: This was a great game. I was a kid and I remember playin' this with by best mate in the evenings, We switched off all the lights except a small one, my small 15 inch b/w tv set.... and this was so scaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaary. We were little ones and even if no sound at all the game scared us so much :) Nice vid !! Thanks,

LPCLASSICAL: Pity you didn't find the kaleidoscopic exit - it really is a masterpiece.

Hiro Plays Games: Steve from 5 years in the future just sent me to this video. Good stuff, 2008 Steve!

GB's Random Video Gaming Chop Shop: I thought the Spectrum was just like the next stage up. You know like a 48k to 128k. Ok well I am a bit thick then... *shrugs* lol... I can play 16k games like Cookie/Pssst and so on. I just thought it was same kinda thing. Oh well there you go... Thanks Steve.

GB's Random Video Gaming Chop Shop: Wish I could play 3D Monster Maze on my +2A :-) I have a copy of it but it won't load... lol.......

derekthesec: It is one of the best games I have played on the ZX81.

brunster64: This has brought back so many memories - you're right about the tension in the game, I used to sit on the edge of my seat playing this as a teenager. Many thanks for posting.

myhyay: memories

jon wheaton: I shared a ZX81 with my brother...amazing how much they cost back then in comparison to todays all powerful laptops...And had this game amongst many others,remember buying some magazine and actually typing in basic code to play a game,took ages!!...and you all know how prone the 81 was to crashing if you typed too hard!...I remember that they did bring out one or two hi-res games...Rocket man...and some thing about a chicken? but by then everyone else had progressed onto Speccys.

hattieoenone: I used to love this game, and another one called Mazogs. I had a 32k RAM pack on mine, velcro and all. Bow to me.

OfficialSupremeBeing: This is brilliant!!

mewthemew: i know that it's not one but it looks like one of those downloaded calculater games from texas instruments

Robert Davies: @SteveBenway Quite right - my memory is a bit poor on this! Come to think of it, I was playing them on an Amstrad 6128! I do remember playing 3D defender on the ZX81, though.
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