The Adventures of the Halstead Fam!

RIP Garmin VirtuaMaze

A little known treasure of our old Garmin eTrex Vista HCx GPS was VirtuaMaze, the amazing game that turned you into the game piece in a virtual maze.


Using the GPS, you’d have to move yourself through the walls on the screen. It was best played in a field, because you needed a lot of open space to navigate all the virtual obstacles.The game was timed to collect all the flags in the maze.

Just as fun as actually being the one to hold the GPS and play the game was watching someone else do so. Imagine a friend staring at their hand, running (because it was timed), then stopping abruptly (for a virtual wall), turning and running again in the middle of a big open field. This is the best way to look ridiculous.

Unfortunately, the game didn’t reappear when we bought our modern Garmin eTrex 30 a few years ago. Every once in a while, I still find the desire to play. Preferably with no one watching.