The search is over: After a year-long search, Konami has announced the grand prize winner of an open competition for independent developers to revive old series from the company’s back catalog. At the Tokyo Game Show, we learned that Takumi Naramura, the director of La Mulana and La Mulana 2, will take first place as he plans to remake Konami’s The Maze of Galious.
Originally released as a sequel to Knightmare for the MSX computer platform in Japan in 1987, Konami brought The Maze of Galious to the Famicom later that year. In a side-scrolling platform RPG, two heroes with unique skills, Popolon and Aphrodite, are trying to fight their way out of a castle filled with monsters.
Galius’ Labyrinth can be described in modern terms as Metroidvania, as the player explores a series of interconnected rooms, earns experience points for defeating enemies, and searches for various power-ups and clues. The MSX version made it to Europe, but the Famicom version was never localized for the NES.
In a press release announcing the winners, the competition jury wrote that they “can feel a great deal of passion for The Maze of Galious” in Naramura’s original proposal, as he outlined the strengths of the original game and the challenges of bringing it up to date. audience. The release also included a comment by Naramura in which he stated that had he not won the contest, “I probably would have just kept quiet and made the game anyway.” Years before this contest took place, Naramura was open about his love for Galius’ Labyrinth, citing it as a major influence on La Mulana.
Naramura attended the Tokyo Game Show and talked about what his version of The Maze of Galious might look like:
I was watching last year’s TGS when this contest was announced, and I thought, “Galius’ Labyrinth can’t be on the list.” But it was not there! I hastily contacted my team to see what we should do.
While Naramura’s work took first place, four other developers were also awarded prizes for their ideas. Second place went to the new versions of Star Soldier, Parodius, Twinbee and Pooyan.