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a game by Nihon Bussan Co., Ltd
Platform: PC Engine (1990)
Editor Rating: 9/10, based on 1 review, 2 reviews are shown
User Rating: 9.0/10 - 2 votes
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In Cratermaze, you must explore the passageways of 60 different mazes, each filled with scattered treasure as well as nasty creatures up to no good. These characters can be eliminated via a special crater-gun that creates holes which trap the bad guys, and also fill holes to kill them. Other power-up implements, like shoes to move faster and exploding bombs, can be used during each level. If you manage to defeat the mid-game and end-game Bosses, your friends will be freed!

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The enjoyment you get depends on the difficulty. At its easiest, the game is a pushover, appealing only to younger audiences. At the higher levels, swinging doors, and faster bad guys are added to make it almost too difficult. Either way, the game's not much fun and the graphics remain sparse.


Another game oriented to younger players. If you are a Lode Runner fan it could be of interest but the 60 levels offer little variety to hold a person's interest. The difficulty selection either makes the game too easy or impossibly difficult. Graphics aren't exceptional and the game gets boring quickly.


An average maze-type game which seems to be Lode Runner from an overhead perspective. On its easiest levels, Cratermaze will prove to be a walk-through for most players. This one is definitely intended for younger players.


Cratermaze looks bright and flashy, but has next to no game play. Not only are you doing the same thing on level 50 that you did on level 1, the game provides too many power-ups and degenerates into a walkthrough with little appeal. Harder levels add challenge, but are too difficult. Forget it!

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PC Engine

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

You and Your Friends Are On a Friendly Trip Through Time When, Suddenly, You're Attacked By Kublai, the Second in Command to the Evil Zenzombie. Now You'll Have to Bounce Through Different Periods of Time, Digging Craters to Trap Zenzombie's Followers in An Effort to Rescue Your Friends. Crater Maze Has 60 Levels in Each of the Three Difficulty Settings.

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