We'll be the first to admit that we're not as coordinated with our hands and controllers as some other gamers out there, but that isn't always what keeps us from completing missions and levels. No, we are frequently trapped in video games due to their perplexing puzzles. And sometimes, game designers go so far as to make the puzzle a maze or labyrinth, knowing that we can't help but explore the mystery that may lie within. In honor of the mazes we've spent countless hours trying to solve, here are the five best video game labyrinths of all time.
In video games, labyrinths and mazes can take many different forms. They can be a dungeon crawling with secret tunnels, a jungle forest leading you astray at every turn, or a massive stone maze filled with threats and booby traps. Nonetheless, they all try to pique our interest enough to pursue their never-ending paths. So, if you want to stretch your brain muscles or even get completely perplexed, dive into the five best video game labyrinths of all time.
5. Elden Ring – Dungeon Labyrinths
Random and mysterious lurking dungeons are a common feature of FromSoftware's souls-like games. Usually carrying some mysterious but valuable items, as well as a mini-boss fight to contend with. Finding your way to both of those, on the other hand, isn't exactly straightforward. There is usually a lever, a hidden jump, a wall or stone, or simply an overwhelming number of paths to take. And each of the dungeons in Elden Ring, which are numerous, comes with its very own unique labyrinth.
If you've played any of FromSoftware's souls-like games, notably Elden Ring, you'll understand how challenging these dungeon labyrinths can be. Most of the time, to the point where you need to look up answers or return with fresh eyes. And as a labyrinth should, these dungeon ones are crawling with booby traps and ambushes waiting to take advantage of your ambiguity. They can be exhausting at times, but they are also highly rewarding when solved. That's why the dungeon labyrinths in Elden Ring and other FromSoftware souls games make for some of the best video game labyrinths of all time.
4. Zelda – The Lost Woods
What makes the Zelda series so great is that it is a never-ending journey full of mysteries and new adventures at every turn. And the Lost Woods is one location that has appeared in several games and has always piqued our interest. We can't help but want to satisfy our curiosity and dive right in. Despite the fact that the moment you see the Lost Woods, you know you're in for a puzzling time. One that you may have difficulty escaping.
Whatever version of The Lost Woods from one of the Zelda games comes to mind, you can probably relate it to that premise. But it's the mysteries and treasures hidden within that make it a rewarding adventure every time. You can't help but dive in headfirst because you know you're about to embark on an exciting and rewarding adventure. And because of that, the Lost Woods easily makes for one of the best video game labyrinths of all time.
3. Kingdom Hearts 3 – Arendelle Labyrinth
The Kingdom Hearts series, created in collaboration with Disney, has provided us with a fun action role-playing game featuring a cast full of our favorite Disney characters. Furthermore, a number of locations inspired by these characters' films have been incorporated into the Kingdom Hearts series. In Kingdom Hearts 3, one quest set's you to explore Elsa's Castle of Ice from Frozen. It has, however, been transformed into a complete ice labyrinth.
This isn't a simple labyrinth either; it's filled with multiple pathways, hidden items, enemies, and a slew of other mysteries. That's why you want to explore every nook and cranny of its labyrinth in order to discover all of its secrets. It's just one aspect of the game that keeps you invested in the adventure to reach Elsa's Ice Castle. Although it may not be the most notable, this labyrinth made for one of the most intriguing locations in Kingdom Hearts 3.
2. Destiny 2 – Expunge: Labyrinth
Destiny 2's sci-fi shooter is constantly updated with new content, missions, and quests. And one of our all-time favorites has to be Expunge: Labyrinth. Despite being a relatively simple mission, it creates a spectacle of what can only be described as a corrupted Labyrinth that is very exciting to explore. You have to jump, fly, and basically parkour your way through its massive maze to stumble in the right direction. However, there never appears to be a distinct path. That's why if you don't speed run it, it makes for a pretty exciting level with some sweet combat gameplay.
Expunge: Labyrinth in Destiny 2 may not be the most challenging maze on this list, but it is without a doubt one of the most visually appealing. It's just one of those levels that draw you back again and again to experience its unique conception. That's why even if the rewards aren't all that great, the experience is. Expunge: Labyrinth, is easily one of the most inventive on this list, and as a result, is a strong contender for one of the best video game labyrinths.
1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Lomei Labyrinth
Lomei Labyrinth in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is without a doubt the best video game labyrinth of all time. It's equally inviting as it is overwhelming. Surrounded by massively high walls and filled with dangerous enemies, and, of course, valuable treasures. And you can sneak your way through or engage in action at every turn. You can even scale the walls for a better view, but watch out for the flying guardians.
Lomei Labyrinth is an unforgettable experience. From the atmosphere to the gameplay and everything in between, it's the pinnacle of what a great labyrinth should be. And it's even better for the fact that this labyrinth is from a Zelda game, as the entire series is built around mysterious adventure. And Lomei Labyrinth is a perfect example of what that should entail. That's why we can't think of a game and its labyrinth that's a better fit for this spot. As far as the best video game labyrinths of all time goes, Lomei Labyrinth is easily deserving of the number one spot.