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1%% Image selected per Image Pickin' thread:²%% Please do not change or remove without starting a new thread.²%%²[[quoteright:320:[[VideoGame/{{Doom}}]]]]²[[caption-width-right:320:You'll never guess what the stage's\²[[Website/OldManMurray Start-to-Crate Rating]] was.]]²²Our heroes find themselves at the docks. The baddie or monster is lurking somewhere nearby; unfortunately, there's a whole mess of shipping containers piled up everywhere, forming an environment like a maze. The containers all look similar, so searching for the target is confusing for both the heroes and the audience. There could be anything lurking around any corner, or in any of the containers...²²Any environment with a large quantity of similar-looking stackable items is a great candidate for one of these, e.g. packing {{crate|Expectations}}s in a warehouse, or cardboard boxes in a storeroom.²²Not to be confused with a maze that's meant to contain something (Labyrinth of Crete).²²----²!!Examples²²[[AC:{{Advertising}}]]²* One of the BMW Films The Hire short films features a brief car chase in one of these. The hero tries first to hide in between the containers by turning off his engine and lights (presumably to demonstrate how easy it is to [[MerchandiseDriven turn on and off the headlights]]), only for the bad guys to spot them and a chase to re-ensue.²²[[AC:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]²* Occurs in the ''Anime/SailorMoon'' episode where Sailor Venus is unveiled. The Sailor Warriors and Tuxedo Mask have to navigate the stacks of massive crates and shipping containers at Tokyo Harbor to reach the location of the tied-up fake Sailor Moon (who is really Zoisite in disguise, but the heroes don't know that and think that they are rescuing an innocent civilian). After Zoisite has revealed himself, he chases an injured Tuxedo Mask through the stacks of crates inside a warehouse.²²[[AC:{{Film}}]]²* ''Film/FutureWar'' features this with cardboard boxes. Subverted when [[spoiler:one character just smashes through the wall of empty boxes]].²* ''Film/BatmanBegins'', when Batman is hunting mobsters by the docks.²* Area 51 in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' has a looser version of this.²* ''Film/{{Hanna}}'' has a chase scene in this kind of setting.²* ''Film/TheATeam'' climax occurs a dock loaded with containers, as part of an elaborate ShellGame.²* ''Film/ThisIslandEarth'' isn't an example, but the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' crew treat it like it is:²--> '''Tom Servo:''' Joe, I'm in one of these boxes. Find me!²* ''Film/{{Welcome to the Punch}}'' (2013). A clue written on the hand of a murdered witness is Punch 119, [[spoiler:the number of a shipping container in a massive container yard where the final denouement/shootout takes place.]]²* In the Brazilian film ''Film/TheEliteSquad'', a container maze is used to train candidates for operations in the narrow streets of Rio's slums. ²²[[AC:{{Literature}}]]²* In ''[[Literature/ThePendragonAdventure The Quillan Games]]'' Bobby is attacked by quigs and chased by Dados through one of these.²* Done intentionally in ''Literature/TheZombieSurvivalGuide''. A zombie attack takes place on a crowded dock. The workers make a maze of packing containers to stop (or squash) the zombies.²²[[AC:LiveActionTV]]²* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E3PlanetOfTheOod Planet of the Ood]]", the Doctor and Donna wind up pursued in a warehouse full of shipping containers. Donna gets caught, but then the Doctor ends up in a chase after the sadistic head of the guards decides he's always wanted to try using the large grappling crane against a person...²* ''Series/{{Primeval}}'' episode 4.2, involving an extended face-off with a prehistoric crocodile.²* The cargo hold of ''Series/RedDwarf'' is portrayed as such.²* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' once had to find an incapacitated Gwen in one of these.²²[[AC:VideoGames]]²* The second level of episode two of ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'', "Containment Area", has a rather famous crate maze filled with imps.²** Map 11 of ''TNT: Evilution'' is largely one big crate maze.²** Doom does it for performance reasons, and other games probably do too. The main area of Containment Area is one of the biggest in the game, but the floor-to-ceiling crates keep the draw distances from getting higher than the engine can handle — not to mention keeping all the enemies from swarming you at once.²* Lots of the levels in ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'' (and its expansions) are this trope. Warehouses full of crates, yards full of shipping containers... ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' has at least one.²* At the end of ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'', the Origami Killer can chase Madison through one of these.²* ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'', there's also the giant cranes and forklifts to contend with, making it somewhat mobile in spots.²* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' the fight versus Raven, you have to hide between the crates that all look alike and take him down by firing at his back.²* One of the later levels on ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' is like this.²* A number of ship and warehouse maps in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes''. Also shows up in Independence Port.²* In ''VideoGame/InFamous'' the Dust Men have basically constructed a fortress out of shipping containers in the Warren, with the flat sided sides preventing Cole from being able to [[WallCrawl clamber up them as he can with regular buildings]], forcing him to fight his way through the maze until he can reach a ladder up on top of the crates which he then has to navigate without falling.²* A big part of ''VideoGame/TotalOverdose''.²* The second ''[[Franchise/EvilDead Army of Darkness]]'' tie in games. Those damned mouth-portals...²* In one mission of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCityStories'', you have to remove explosive crates from a [[IncendiaryExponent burning]] warehouse maze, with [[MobileMaze paths becoming blocked]] as the fire rages.²* Parts of the Factory and Control Center in ''VideoGame/WinBack'', also occasionally using MobileMaze elements.²* ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'' contains a BossBattle in a location like this.²* Two secret levels from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'' involve helping a Gearmo burn crates in order to obtain a Power Star.²* ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'' features a locking dock chock full of shipping containers. Oh, and a dozen or so raptor-like necromorphs.²* ''VideoGame/GoldenEye1997'' has a few levels like this, notably "Depot" and "Train".²* ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'' has "Area 51: Rescue" as well as a multiplayer level based on the same ("Warehouse").²* Driftveil City's Cold Storage in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite''. Made extremely frustrating by all the FrictionlessIce you have to navigate to get through it. And on top of that, you have to navigate it twice. Once during the game, and again post game because one of the Seven Sages is hiding there.²* The ''VideoGame/SoldierOfFortune'' series has these in New York (first game), Prague, and Hong Kong (both second game).²* ''VideoGame/JurassicParkTheGame'' sees Gerry having to run around and jump across the top of one of these in order to dodge a ''TyrannosaurusRex''.²* The ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' GameMod ''VideoGame/BuildCraft''. You can't walk through pipes, and they ''will'' get in your way.²* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}}'' video game for the UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis, [[MisterBig Mr. Big's]] stage takes place in a warehouse filled with crates, which are scattered out like a maze. Mr. Big has hidden [[TimedMission a bomb set to explode in the warehouse]], and in order to defuse it, Bonkers must find the pieces of Fall-Apart Rabbit in various crates and put them together so Fall-Apart can defuse the bomb. As the levels progress, Mr. Big's mouse henchmen will navigate the warehouse to try to get Bonkers, so Bonkers must take them out by pushing crates at them.²* ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' has a small one on the Elizabeth Dane GhostShip. It's a StealthBasedMission: the challenge is to investigate a suspicious shipment without being spotted by police officers, which would threaten the {{Masquerade}}. [[spoiler:You can easily bypass the whole thing by sneaking to the ship's bridge and looking through the CCTV instead.]]²²[[AC:WesternAnimation]]²* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' has one and a half in "You Scratch My Back".²* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' had one where The Penguin takes control of Manbat. ²* ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' in his fight against Cane.²²----


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