Developer: iBright Studios
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.1

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★½☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★☆☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★☆☆
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★½☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

This might firmly place me in the strange category, but I liked TightWire more than just about anyone out there. Something about walking that huge balloon of a man across that tiny little wire, way high above the ground, made me really happy. The concept was really funny, the controls were surprisingly functional, and I was pretty darn good at it (always a good quality for a game to have).

iBright Studios, makers of the aforementioned app great, have now come out with a new app called Mazonaut. Like TightWire, the concept is a bit silly, but this time I’m not sure if it works. Mazonaut is a fairly simple maze game that has you controlling an astronaut looking guy in a maze in space. The controls are all accelerometer based, so maneuvering around the endless walls is fairly challenging, and to make things worse, pieces of the ground break off randomly, falling into the big black hole below. Don’t get too upset if you fall though, because there is no end to the maze… just a high score to be obtained after a tedious trip through the neon walled halls of space.

At the end of the day, Mazonaut is a forgettable experience that isn’t nearly as good or creative as TightWire. The accelerometer mechanics in maze finding are inexact at best, often seeming horribly tedious. For a dollar it’s hard to criticize a simple high score game too much, but with the multitude of amazing time wasters out there, there’s really no reason to run out to get Mazonaut unless you are a real maze superfan. Even still, I’d probably play something a bit more polished like Labrynth instead.

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