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Irritating Maze Irritating Maze - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Irritating Maze - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Maneuver yourself through colorful and difficult mazes within a time limit. Do not touch the walls!

Irritating Maze was produced by SNK/Saurus in 1997.

SNK/Saurus released only 1 machine in our database under this trade name. SNK/Saurus was based in United States.

Other machines made by SNK/Saurus during the time period Irritating Maze was produced include:


Name Irritating Maze
Developer SNK/Saurus (United States)
Year 1997
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8209
Class Wide Release
Genre Labyrinth/Maze
Conversion Class Neo Geo MVS
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 1
Game Play Single
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Roller: Optical (left, right only)
  • Buttons: 1 - View
  • Pedals: 1
Sound Amplified Stereo (two channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Play

The idea is simple: move through the mazes before time runs out. This is not as easy as it sounds, though. Except for Practice Mode, you cannot touch the walls. The maze is not stationary and moving obstacles such as windmills, moving walls, and even a railcar will try to block your every move. The maze is made even more Irritating by the air jets that will blast the player when they fail.

Irritating Maze KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 4.60 (2 votes)

Fun Factor: 4.70

Overall Like 5.00
Fun (Social) 4.00
Fun (Solo) 5.00
Collector Desire 4.50

Technical Rating: 4.50

Gameplay 4.50
Graphics 4.50
Originality 5.00
Sound/Music 4.00

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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This is the first Neo Geo game that requires a trackball for player input. The game was based on a popular Japanese game show, called "Dengeki Iraira Bou", or "Electric Irritating Stick," where the point was to move a metal rod through a moving electrified maze for cash prizes. The MVS dedicated cabs added the addition of air jets that punished the player for their errors.

Cabinet Information

The original dedicated cabinets for this game were quite elaborate


The game runs on typical Neo Geo hardware, but cannot be converted to other Neo Geo games because of the special BIOS used for the trackball rod.


The game features the general advisory (not the parental advisory) warning that appears in all Gigapower Neo Geo games set in USA mode. People that have epileptic disorders and women that are pregnant are warned not to play this game during the intro (the air jets that follow player-errors are very startling).

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Irritating Maze Census

There are 14,908 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,530 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,161 machines (6,929 unique titles).

Common - There are 29 known instances of this machine owned by Irritating Maze collectors who are active members. Of these, 11 of them are original dedicated machines. One is a conversion in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 17 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 2 active VAPS members with a Irritating Maze machines for sale. There are 2 active VAPS members with a Irritating Maze circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - There are 3 active VAPS members currently looking for Irritating Maze. There is one active VAPS member looking for a Irritating Maze circuit board set.

This game ranks a 9 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 7 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



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