They call you the Minotaur.
For decades, they fed you...
...with sacrifices.
But now, they have stopped.
It is time for you to...

Escape From Cnossus is a coffeebreak roguelike. Navigate 20 mazelike levels, making your way around monsters, or even over them as you gather more supplies and gear. The game can be completed in about 40 minutes once you figure out how, but it will require many attempts, and no two games are quite the same.

This edition is a Linux / Windows port of the original 8-bit game, with updated (but still retro) visuals, and a few sound effects to spice things up. Gameplay has been kept the same on purpose.



To play, just unpack and run. Be sure to skim the read-me file first.

System requirements

For Windows: any PC capable of running XP.

For Linux: any distribution from 2013 or so onward, with the SDL 1.2 libraries installed, including SDL_net (the game doesn't actually connect to the Internet).

The game runs in a fixed 1024x768 window and uses 13M of RAM.

Some sounds effects may not play correctly on Windows.

Controls are keyboard-only.

Credits and license

Escape From Cnossus HD is available under the MIT License (see included file).

Game made with sdlBasic. The runtime itself is free software under the Lesser General Public License (LGPL).

Music and sounds from the Superpowers Asset Pack (public domain). Font: Cinzel Bold, courtesy of the Open Font Library (SIL Open Font License).


As of 16 June 2019, Escape From Cnossus HD can be played in full screen by pressing F11 before starting a new game.