3D Monster Maze is 1982 maze game, by Malcolm Evans. It's regarded as one of the pioneers of the survival-horror genre.
The story is just a pretext for the gameplay. The protagonist is at a carnival. There, a circus clown welcomes him to a new and mysterious attraction, the "mists of time" pass over the protagonist, who then, wakes up in a maze.
The game is in first-person, players must find the exit of the maze they're in and avoid the Tyrannosaurus rex lurking around the corners. The text placed at the bottom of the screen indicate the position and level a awareness of the Dinosaur.
If the player is eaten by him, he is offered the chance to play again or quit.
- The bottom text warnings, were originally made with the intention of preventing peoples with nervous disposition from sudden shock: "I didn't realise how realistic it was going to be. (...) I was testing the game before adding text when suddently I jumped out of my skin, and I thought if someone had a heart attack would I be responsible for it ?" - Electronic Dreams: How 1980s Britain Learned to Love the Computer
And it's also reminded in the intro text: "If you dare to enter his lair, you do so at your own risk. The management accept no responsibility for the health and safety of the adventurer who enters his realm. The management advise that this is not a game for those of a nervous disposition."
- Malcolm Evans also made a "remake", called Escape. This version is in a top-down perspective, with more monsters as well as objects to find, in order to finish the level.
- Closer to the original game Corridors of Genon, also made by Malcolm Evans, is set in a cylindrical maze where monsters are lurking around.
- There is a game, simply called Monster Maze, which was released in 1980 for the Commodore VIC-20 (it was also accompanied by another game, Math Hurdler). Beside the name and a similar goal, escaping a maze, with monsters in it, there is relation with 3D Monster Maze.