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3D Maze

The classic 3D maze screensaver that shipped with Windows '95 and '98. It randomly moves through a maze with red brick walls, running into various obstacles, each with its own effect on the route, as it searches for the exit. If this screensaver does not render properly, try disabling full-screen mode via the settings menu, then set the Size slider to "Max".

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Custom image18 months ago
how do I customize this?19 months ago
how do i put the screensaver into the screensaver selection?19 months ago
where do I change images on 3d maze screensaver11 year ago
Textures don't work31 year ago
It's not letting me use custom textures51 year ago
help11 year ago
Is there any way to give custom textures to the other things such as the rats, globe painting, etc.?11 year ago
I can't set a custom texture21 year ago
Custom texture not working11 year ago
3D Maze on dual monitors12 years ago
i cant change the textures12 years ago
How to get 3d maze on muliple monitors?13 years ago
3d maze not showing up correctly23 years ago
Slight glitch with classic 3D Maze screensaver.43 years ago
how do i activate the screensaver?14 years ago
Classic 3D Maze windows 10 not working34 years ago
Windows Maze Screensaver wall textures24 years ago
I downloaded the 3D maze and can open it but not sure how to make it run as my choice of screensaver. Still getting the other default screensaver opt16 years ago
Cant play microsoft maze because screen is to small or big how do i fix?36 years ago

Installation instructions

Microsoft Windows

  1. Open the 3D_Maze.zip archive file and extract the 3D Maze screensaver file to your Windows folder.
  2. To make sure Windows will recognize it, locate the screensaver file in the Windows folder, then right-click it and select "Install".
  3. Open the Screen Saver Settings panel. "3D Maze" should now be visible in the list of screensavers.

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User reviews (122)

Its great but how do change the textures?

by Firepixel on June 10, 2024


by Kiwi! on June 1, 2024

Best thing invented

by Rocks D, Xebec on May 20, 2024


by Vincent C on May 19, 2024


by maria lujan on May 11, 2024

the screensaver works but its got too many dead ends witch makes the camera turn alot, but it works :D

by funi_kat123 on April 18, 2024

Definitely nostalgic. Moves through the maze faster than I remember. No speed setting for it.

by Cig on April 10, 2024

People are complaining on the changing textures ain't working. I'm complaining on how to change the textures!

by Buckets on April 8, 2024

I converted the image to 128x128 bmp but still says invalid... other than that reminds me of a simpler time when the monitors were curved and i wasn't alive tell me how to fix?

by super tired person on April 6, 2024

Mine comes only a notepad.

by Mert_Acartabak on February 23, 2024

when i try to change da textures it says invalid!!!!

by Rab on February 15, 2024

alr pretty cool for someone that likes 80s and 90s stuff a good find

by zactheblaze on January 21, 2024

The texture fix works. Thank you!
The screensaver runs way too fast on modern PCs though.

by ruta on January 16, 2024

The screensaver is cool

by My mother is stupid on January 16, 2024

The textures do not work, when i downloaded it. Every single texture is the ceiling texture. 2/5 only because of this bug

by Paul on January 1, 2024


by the gnarp on December 26, 2023

fun fact: the path choosing is not random, it stays on the left wall at all times unless it cannot do so, then it goes right. when the screen flips it always stays right unless it cannot.

by thatoneguywhoisgointoratethiss on December 18, 2023

you saved the internet from dying

by cool guy on December 17, 2023

wont work

by JosephMTZ on December 9, 2023


by Harry on November 30, 2023


by app on November 30, 2023

very nice screensaver and pretty cool customization settings

by asunnydayforus on November 9, 2023

It’s 😊

by Oddity on November 1, 2023

iz nice :3 i like da screensaver

by anonymous on October 24, 2023

My nostalgia!

by Abran on October 24, 2023

I have downloaded this screensaver and it works perfectly. But mind you, if you want to change the walls or any texture it haves, you must follow these steps (you must find the screensaver settings menu and click on "Configuration", then you will see the maze settings).

1. Convert (either with Paint or an online converter) the desired image into a bitmap (.bmp). Directly changing the file extension will not make it work (the second step explains why) (I have seen that it also supports gif-like images, but I am not sure how they were implemented. If I or someone else finds how, I kindly ask you to leave a comment explaining how it is achieved. Thank you!)

2. Make sure the dimensions of the bitmap are 128x128. Otherwise if it is too small or too big the settings will show you an error message saying you need to use another bitmap.

3. Click on the circle that says "User" then on the "Choose" button. It will show you your files and will ask for a .bmp (bitmap) file

4. After having succesfully selected one. Inside the previous menu, click on "OK"

5. If everything worked out well, you will see how the texture has changed on the maze settings menu

Note: In order to make a bitmap, you can use Paint or Paint3D (it does not matter as long as the resulting file is saved as a bitmap and has the .bmp extension)

PS: In newer versions of Windows you may not have a System32 folder (maybe its named as System64), in that case, you must save the .scr file in System64 (if it still doesnt appear in the screensaver selection menu, place it on more System named folders inside the "C: \Windows" folder until the "3D Maze (OpenGL)" option appears)

Hope this comment reached and guided you through the customizations of 3D Maze, since I never saw another guide fully detailing how to change these settings. And after spending too much time trying to figure out how it worked I decided to comment here the solution so the next person that installs it does not have to go through all of the issues I faced.

Have a nice day/evening/night!

by Anonymous on October 15, 2023

GREAT SCREENSAVER it always keeps me entertained while my badnicks destroy Sonic

by Eggman on October 2, 2023


by payton on October 1, 2023

Its awsome

by Zaden on September 24, 2023

this like old game but still cool

by Max on September 21, 2023


by goofy ahh on September 16, 2023

Is there a way to add custom images?

by carson on September 15, 2023

MEMORIES!!!!!! amazing, not gonna use as default as it changes my resolution and if it turns off pc automatically for inactivity it keeps the screensaver resolution, but i recommend it

by Friday on September 14, 2023

its cool!

by jordan on September 11, 2023


by Damien on September 8, 2023

Cool. Looks like a game that would go on the N64.

by Ezra on September 6, 2023

to good

by grace M capati on September 3, 2023


by CHARLIe on August 29, 2023

why does it say its invalid when i try to change the texures

by oakboi on August 8, 2023

Its really cool, but every time i try to change the texture, it says its not valid, i know it needs to be in a bmp file, but what size does it need to be set to?

by Eye on August 3, 2023

Gave me nostalgia

by carter28 on August 1, 2023


by finn on July 8, 2023

failed. Win 7, not loading, not in folder, not working, slowing down system, cant leave google page, waited 2 days still broken

by failed on June 30, 2023


by 0000 on June 30, 2023

its a cool screensaver

by Robben Dabank on May 15, 2023

Cannot change speed and aspect ratio but i still loev it

by ehow on April 10, 2023

i love tis i love da silly liittle rats :D

by aiden on March 19, 2023

This screen saver is so cool, I rate it 10 brick walls / 10 rocks that flip you upside down

by Laken on March 15, 2023

i like this

by someone on March 15, 2023

rat is da best

by on March 10, 2023

is there a reson that there is no control of what your doing i wish i could control the screen but its the best

by ewan on March 5, 2023

To be honest this is cool but i dont know how to change it

by Hasta on March 1, 2023


by daniel on March 1, 2023

It doesn't work, I have Windows 11.

by Anonymous on February 28, 2023

i can now make a bingus maze screen saver

by bingus on February 28, 2023

i love it

by something on February 27, 2023

if it's glitchy, its because you are moving your mouse, how this works that. screensavers are things that happen when you are away from your computer, it plays it if you are inactive, so to make this work, start it up, and dont move your mouse, move your mouse if you want to stop the screensaver.

by engineer on February 27, 2023

its glitchy and won't work

by frederick on February 26, 2023


by The silly on February 26, 2023


by julian on February 13, 2023


by someone on January 3, 2023

Infancia, no sabia que existiria el internet.

by G. Bam on November 29, 2022

Its good but it keeps crashing after 2 minutes

by Å̶͇͚̝͉̙͠l̶͋̿̓̆͝ on November 8, 2022

just "wow".

by Arslan on April 24, 2022

Exact screensaver from windows 95 which is perfect, but on modern systems its way too fast... a setting to change the speed would be nice

by Someone on April 23, 2022

when i open it closed by itself

by areyougood on April 1, 2022

A Classic, 999/10

by Ing Chen Andy on March 25, 2022

Big classic. I'm Glad it's around like many others but don't touch my computer.

by Jeff on February 27, 2022

Thank you for the screensavers, the lattice and 3d maze works good in windows 10 more than likely because of opengl that is how i found the web site. Opengl works better for windows 10 as far as i can see.

by Martie on February 13, 2022


by Anna Ziyayeva on November 11, 2021

A good screensaver! I have installed on Windows 10 Professional (64-bit version). The screensaver works well!

by Aleksey Ivanov on August 5, 2021

There is a version that does work properly on Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10. It is the version that shipped with Windows NT 4.0. I believe Windows 95 version 2 had that same version? But for whatever reason, the ones from 98, 2000, and Millennium do not load the textures properly. I posted a link to it on this video. To this day I still use this screensaver. It's my favorite.


by JUSXTREME96 on April 9, 2021

Very cool! Takes me back to my first computer back in the 90s. Acer 56kb RAM and 4 mb hard drive running Windows 95. Dial up modem. I can almost still hear the screeching sound when it was connecting! I quickly taught myself to bypass the Acer browser and functions and use Windows directly. I played with screen savers all the time. Back then they were needed to "save your screen" life. I wish I could find the old Budweiser Frogs screensaver again- that was my favorite, but trademark laws have made it unavailable.

by Woods on April 8, 2021

I love it! Thank you!!!!

by Russ on March 13, 2021

Honestly, great screensaver, reminds me of my childhood, before I personally scrapped our old Windows, er, was it 97 or 98, I can't remember, but either way I personally scrapped it when we got our Windows XP, so, yay! Only one problem persists, the wall texture is constantly swapped in and out with the roof texture, so much so that the roof texture is more common on the walls than the actual wall texture. Oh well, still fun, and hoping for an update that will fix that little glitch. Anyways, gotta go, Rockatoa, Brickticks out!

by Brickticks on March 1, 2021

Still works as intended! Even 16:9 support, I never expected that. Only issue is that the wall texture kind of blends in with the ceiling, but that can be fixed by setting the roof texture to the wall texture.

by Poochy on February 28, 2021

That Still works! It changes the wall texture somehow.

by Abran DRozario on February 26, 2021

I have fond memories of making custom skins as a kid, thinking I was a hacker :)

by Ben on January 31, 2021


by jrpgfan63 on January 24, 2021


by kirk on January 10, 2021

I totally love Rainbows!!
Thank you

by Stevenalex on October 6, 2020

The brick texture isn't loading in.

by The brick texture on August 9, 2020

I Finally caught it! I FINALLY GOT HIM!

by Abran DRozario on July 16, 2020

hahahahah it's very funny

by Bruno on May 24, 2020

Reminds me of the good old days, but the textures are wonky.

by Elizabeth on February 15, 2020

I noticed that the Screensaver is powered by OpenGL, not Direct3D, as the original one was, back in Windows 95/98. Still great Nostalgia, tho.

by Claire Azincourt on January 8, 2020

Its main failure is no speed control.
The faster your computer the faster it runs.
Never has had a speed control.

by Sharky on November 11, 2019


by Kishore on June 28, 2019

? does it work like the original maze? i remember being able to actually play it like it was literally a game

by skyeler on May 11, 2019


by screenrater360 on February 7, 2019

I tried it from Windows 3.11 to Windows 10. All worked (except versions prior to Windows 95). It worked for my native OS too (Windows 7 nightly build). Other versions are tested in VMWare and Virtualbox. Woot!

UPDATE:The SCR is hard to install if you don't know. Step 1: Extract the file from the zip Step 2: Right click and press install. DONE.

by Mr. Test on January 21, 2019

This is great. My grandparents had a Windows 98, and it had this on it. My windows 7 Starter has a really bad selection of screen savers.

by Felix on January 12, 2019

It is great, great memories :)

To install this just put it in C:\Windows\System32
not a subfolder, just put it into System32

this works for all .scr scrennsavers

bless you

by Windows on October 19, 2018

Its too fast!

by TooFast on September 21, 2018

YEEEEEESSSSSSSSSS!!!!! How I missed this... trippy version, of course!
Thank you! Working nicely on Windows 10. Just really wish I could slooow it doooown. Even too fast, it's a pleasure to have back. <3

by Becky Byrd on September 14, 2018

Is it bad that I'm way too amused by this really old screen saver.

by Kor'vas on August 23, 2018

I think it is great, but is there a way to slow down the speed?

by Esteban on July 24, 2018

It worked. Copy and paste only in C: \ Windows \ system32

by SkyBot on May 27, 2018

Working on windows 8.1 thx

by Kacper on March 12, 2018

Windows 10: didn't work.

by Preston on March 3, 2018

This is awesome! it was super easy to install.

by Doll on February 17, 2018

How to install in win7 ?

by Marc Dacascos on November 3, 2017

thank :)

by w.a. on October 23, 2017

Very nice. Can the speed be changed?

by Steve on September 15, 2017

I used to play around with this and the other old school screen savers back in first grade with my friends and we thought we were so cool, this is awesome!

by Delan on August 12, 2017

I get the brown rat too, Cooliokid, don't worry.

by Person on July 23, 2017

Every time I see the brown rat, I shake up. Is the brown rat a glitch or is it supposed to be there?

by Cooliokid 956 on May 6, 2017

This was one of my faves from old school Windows, long before High Definition meant anything.

by Amyrakunejo on April 16, 2017

completely beautiful and fully functional. would recommend any of the screensavers on this site as theyre virus-free and functional

by Giu on March 19, 2017

I'm still having the texture glitch problem even after disabling Fullscreen. I'm on Windows 10 with two monitors. I also thought I remembered there being a speed setting on the original screensaver. It moves very fast and it would be nice if I could slow it down a bit.

by Cori on February 9, 2017


by joseph on December 12, 2016

The best Windows maze for survive! Maze Win98!😃

by Alex F. on December 4, 2016

Brick texture hadn't loaded so it was just the stone texture with sometimes brick

by ravendawn on November 17, 2016

the windows screen saver is very good .

by Ivan1234 on August 10, 2016

Sometimes the walls will glitch up and fuse with the ceiling unless changed to one of those color-changing fractal patterns. Also, if the brown rat is near one of those floating OpenGL logos, the logo itself can glitch and turn into a larger version of the brown rat for a brief period (less than a second) before turning back into its true form. Even with all of these glitches, it sure brings back memories!

by Gii on July 2, 2016

I'm using windows 10, and I don't understand the Instructions

by Christopher Sneider on May 27, 2016

Didn't render properly at first but started working well after following the instructions!

by emedi on May 20, 2016

Great screensaver!
Some issues with the maze settings.

by unknown on March 20, 2016

It's pretty great, though there are some graphical glitches at least for Windows 7 - some textures for the start, special walls and objects, and the walls will glitch out in random ways. The most common one is the ceiling texture overlapping the wall textures, though you can bypass that with any of the animated psychedelic textures used for the ceiling. Regardless, it runs fine and provides a hefty amount of nostalgia for me along with the other classics. I love it.

by Daniel Flores on March 5, 2016

It´s VERY buggy walls have same texture as roof

Screensavers Planet: Try disabling full-screen mode via the Settings panel, then slide the "Size" setting to "Max", as noted in the screensaver description above.

by Slimik on February 4, 2016

I remember this from the first computer I ever owned and loved following it. I think it's a great screen saver. I will rate this based on previous usage.

by Patricia Parker on September 10, 2015

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