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Our Review by Jeff Scott on February 28th, 2009
Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: RECOMMENDED
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Theseus is a logic maze game with over 90 different levels of play. If you are into logic puzzles, this game is worth a look -- especially so at it's current sale price of $0.99.

Developer: Jason Feldman
Price: $3.99 ( on sale as of 2/28 for $0.99 )
Version Reviewed: 2.1.1

Graphics / Sound [rating:3/5]
Game Controls [rating:4/5]
Gameplay [rating:4/5]
Re-use / Replay Value [rating:4/5]

Overall Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar

Theseus is a logic puzzle game set in a maze. You are Theseus and are trying to escape the Minotaur by making it to the exit first. The problem is that the Minotaur is twice as fast as you (moves 2 spaces to your 1). But, you are smarter, or so the developer thinks.

The Minotaur moves under a very specific set of rules -- this is the key to beating a maze. These rules are all explained in the excellent tutorial that accompanies the first four levels. This tutorial guides you through the game, it's controls, and the rules of play very well. Your basic method to win each puzzle is to find ways to trap the Minotaur or get far enough away that you can make it to the exit in half the moves it takes the Minotaur. Sometimes this is easy -- but the game progresses quickly and the levels start getting more and more difficult. The game does include good undo and reset controls to allow you to go back and erase the mistakes you may have made.

The controls work well and you have your choice of how you wish to control your player. You can swipe, touch, or use the onscreen control. While the graphics are rather simplistic in most places, they are quite functional and ok for a logic game such as this.

The game offers over 90 different puzzle levels. Each level requiring anywhere from 10 to 100+ moves to complete.

There are things missing from this game -- there's no community aspect and many levels don't seem to have hints available. Leaderboards would make a fairly logical addition to this game. And a way to create your own levels and share them would be fantastic.

Here's a tutorial that gives you more information on the game and gives you a good idea of the gameplay.

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If you like logic puzzles, or have ever played maze logic games such as this, then this is a game worth further investigation. There's a lite version available that allows to try 17 levels of the game, a very generous demo version indeed. Currently, the app is on sale for only $1 and I consider that a great deal for 90+ levels of logic puzzles and in a game as well developed as this.

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iPhone Screenshots

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