Dark Maze is a huge mouse maze in which you take control of a ball of light in its quest to light up a castle whose greatest light source recently extinguished.
As your goal is to light the castle, the entire maze is set in the dark. You must use your powers of light-bringing to see your way around and ultimately reach the 100th room.
You have a maximum of 10 pulses as indicated by the rays around yourself, these are replenished at checkpoints (+1 pulse), bright flames (+all pulses) and green flames (purchase pulses).
At the end of each level you gain points, with bonuses for A) not dying, B) beating the level quickly, and C) playing on higher difficulties. These points can be spent at green flames to acquire powerups, shortcuts, pulses and waypoints.
The powerups available are: red flame (long lasting pulse), blue flame (ever lasting pulse), white flame (very bright player + when used lights a specific area), and cyan flame (waterproof player)
Purchasing shortcuts will grant you an easy way of getting to the exit in a particular level, however this item is very expensive.
Waypoints allow you to teleport to between levels, this is useful as the maze takes on a non-linear progression with plenty of alternate paths and you may find yourself wanting to revisit an area for crystals.