The Maze

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I made this game in October of '04 for Halloween and sent it to a few of my friends in an email. About 5 months later, someone had sent the same email back to my mother! It had turned into a viral email joke. I was very flattered and figured I should make a website for all the stupid prank games I've made. -Jeremy Winterrowd [1]


The Maze
The Maze.jpg
The third level in The Maze.
Maker: Jeremy Winterrowd
Type: Flash game
Release date: October 2004


The Maze, more commonly known as the Scary Maze Game, is a Flash game created in October 2004. It was made by game developer Jeremy Winterrowd.

This Flash prank disguises itself as a simple maze game in which the player has to utilize their mouse cursor in order to move a blue little dot through the maze. At the start screen, there is a note informing the player that the objective of the game is to pass through all 4 levels, and the player cannot touch the walls; however, there are actually only three levels in the game. The game also explains that it is best with the volume on, but, there is no sound in any part of the game except for the very secret level 4!

Gameplay

The first two levels are easy to complete. But as the third level is reached, the walls begin to shrink and have sharp turns, making it difficult to avoid touching them. This usually makes the player concentrate on the screen. Then, near the first curve to the left of the maze sharp part, a picture of Regan MacNeil from the 1973's classic horror movie The ExorcistWikipedia's W.svg pops up along with two loud screams, scaring the user.

The game was uploaded in 2005 on Jeremy's website, Winterrowd.com. The original version of the game had some slight differences in color, where orange/yellow with alternative text was used instead of turquoise. There an alternative version of the game used in America's Funniest Home VideosWikipedia's W.svg, where the face is replaced with the one from What's Wrong?,[2] due to copyright laws. It includes a scream from What's Wrong?[citation needed]


Reactions

Justice playing The Maze.

Many people have posted videos of other people reacting to the game. The first reaction video on YouTube was uploaded by the user CantWeAllJusGetAlong, on May 20, 2006. In the video, a young kid, Justice, is playing the maze. Then, he gets surprised by the screamer. Shocked, he starts screaming and repeatedly hitting the computer screen. He then runs to his stepdad, Chad, and starts crying. As of October 2017, the video has over 27 million views.

The most viewed Maze Game video was uploaded by YouTube user nalts and has accumulated over 43 million views as of October 2017.

Level 4

One of the supposed "Level 4"s

Even though only three levels exist in the game code, some videos circulated about a secret fourth level. On YouTube, there are some fake videos of people supposedly successfully going through the 3rd level and finally entering the 4th level. The earliest "tutorial" on how to get to the 4th level was uploaded by the YouTube user SoccerMomDebbie on October 19, 2008.

Other videos of the mysterious level continued to circulate. This video, which has more than 1.25 million views as of 2019 showed the cursor make a shortcut (which in practice would have killed the player) in level 3 which unlocks a trigger to level 4 (pictured); once finishing the level, the game goes back to the main screen; text asks the viewer, "care to try a little bit faster this time?"

Outside of YouTube, users on Answers.com also about how to access the level; in response, users either replied a fake way to or told the asker that level 4 does not exist.[3]

The fake level 4 was confirmed that this level was actually made in Photoshop and played using Microsoft Paint Eraser.

Parodies

The Maze has been parodied on Saturday Night Live. There is also a game called Save Justin Bieber, created by Jeremy Winterrowd himself, which replaces some parts of the game with a picture of Justin Bieber and the maze color is light purple instead of cyan blue.

In The Simpsons episode "Flanders' Ladder", the opening segment has Bart Simpson prank his sister Lisa by having her play a game called "Genius Maze", which is a direct spoof of The Maze, however in this spoof, the jumpscare happened very early on in the 2nd level, and has a popup of a zombie, instead of Regan.[4]

Gallery

References

  1. Winterrowd responding to a question on Yahoo Answers https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080810043147AA2Ssol
  2. youtu.be/qNW7Zzgapsg?t=30
  3. https://www.answers.com/Q/How_do_you_get_to_level_4_in_the_scary_maze_game
  4. www.youtube.com/watch?v=502ZX1fAKzk

Links

NOTE: The following games contain screamers!

  • Unofficial HTML5 version: playscarymazegame.net/play-scary-maze-game/
  • Original version, Deleted: winterrowd.com/maze
    • web.archive.org/web/20100820075301/www.winterrowd.com/maze/scary-maze-game.swf
  • Orange version: web.archive.org/web/20051223121743/winterrowd.com/maze1.swf
  • Save Justin Bieber version, Deleted: winterrowd.com/savebieber/
    • web.archive.org/web/20191030110327/www.winterrowd.com/savebieber/save-justin-bieber.swf
  • America's Funniest Home Videos version, Deleted: winterrowd.com/afvmaze
    • web.archive.org/web/20190923130311/www.winterrowd.com/afvmaze/the-maze-afv.swf

Showcase video

  • youtube.com/watch?v=0WjDrQ0IhBw


Comments



Lawiki1534

13 months ago
Score 4++
I remember when I was shown this back in '07; totally scared me.

ScreamerWiki123

9 months ago
Score 2++
Me too, i remembered when i got scared back in 2010s.

SwiftMantis

5 months ago
Score 1++
Let’s face it it scared everyone. I remember hearing about it all the time and actually having a phobia of playing it.

SwiftMantis

5 months ago
Score 1++
We’re gonna remake this.

Anonymous user #1

2 months ago
Score 1++
I cried when i played this for hours

Anonymous user #2

2 months ago
Score 1++
My mom showed me this and i just cried for hours and hours

Anonymous user #3

2 months ago
Score 1++
They should've called scary maze game The Heart Attack Challenge,

Anonymous user #22

5 days ago
Score 0++

Ah yes, my favorite screamer.

"The Heart Attack Challenge"

Anonymous user #4

2 months ago
Score 1++
i did not jump

Anonymous user #20

one month ago
Score 0++
Me neither!

Anonymous user #1

2 months ago
Score 1++
I always disliked the fact that the exorcist girl was in this. it didn't fit.

Anonymous user #5

2 months ago
Score 1++
the maze itself seems scarier

Anonymous user #6

2 months ago
Score 1++
i miss winterrowd

Anonymous user #7

2 months ago
Score 0++
RIP Winterrowd

Anonymous user #9

2 months ago
Score 0++
Did he die?

Anonymous user #8

2 months ago
Score 1++
This is why you never trust mazes.

Anonymous user #7

2 months ago
Score -4++
The worst game that needs to be illegal

SkyBlueCat

20 days ago
Score 1++
there is no illegal about this game.

Anonymous user #21

7 days ago
Score -1++
im suing the creator of this game, because the scary girl stole my milk😡😡😡😡 and he killed my uncle ben

Anonymous user #10

one month ago
Score 0++
shit my pants

Anonymous user #11

one month ago
Score 2++
I just love this game as a kid

Anonymous user #12

one month ago
Score 1++
The maze actually looks scarier itself O_O

Anonymous user #13

one month ago
Score 1++
Let's talk about the facts about this game here.

Anonymous user #14

one month ago
Score 0++
Does anyone know the car location? i hope its france.

Anonymous user #14

one month ago
Score 0++
Oh wait sorry wrong page HHEHE

Anonymous user #14

one month ago
Score 1++
Anyways, i dont know, it seems like an easy flash game to me.... ^^

Anonymous user #15

one month ago
Score 1++
I know how to remake the same scary maze game in flash. just simple coding

Anonymous user #16

one month ago
Score 0++
i think it might have been made in 1999 or late 2000s. Correct me if i'm wrong

Anonymous user #17

one month ago
Score 0++
It was made in flash i think

Anonymous user #18

one month ago
Score 0++
well.... it was made by wintterowd and he did make it famous

Anonymous user #19

one month ago
Score 2++
It's a very easy flash game to remake, they should make a remastered one for the xbox one

DickCheese44

one month ago
Score 0++
Im trying to find a simple code for the game

Anonymous user #20

27 days ago
Score 1++
How is the HTML5 version unofficial?

SkyBlueCat

one day 20 hours 30 minutes ago
Score 0++
because the Version is not the same

DevinMillar

22 days ago
Score 1++
This was hilarious to me. But I was a little afraid of playing it for a while though... Lol
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