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Rocket Warrior Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By David Rabinowitz on January 9th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: RIDE THE ROCKET
Rocket Warrior is a vertically scrolling action and arcade game that has players try to fly through challenging levels and avoid dangerous obstacles.
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ma3e Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jordan Minor on December 21st, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: HOUSE OF ESCHER
Ma3e offers a potentially infinite number of 3D mazes in the coldest, most sterile way possible.
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From Cheese Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on December 3rd, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CHEESY GOODNESS
Help guide the cheese smell to a hungry mouse in this maze puzzler that’s both challenging and entertaining.
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Kings Can Fly Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on November 29th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: LIVE LIKE A KING
Kings Can Fly is a beautiful indie puzzler where gamers help a bored king navigate airships through a maze-like kingdom.
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Trauma Ted Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Angela LaFollette on November 5th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: QUIRKY CHARM
Help the little teddy cat collect his migraine pills in this challenging maze puzzler so that he can finally find relief.
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Shardlands Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on October 31st, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SLIDE HOME
Create pathways, redirect hazardous lasers, avoid hungry monsters and more in a series of alien mazes filled with all manner of puzzles.
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Chillingo Has Put a Man in a Maze, Now You Have to Get Him Out

Posted by Rob Rich on October 15th, 2012

Imagine a twisted game show in which contestants have to navigate their way through a maze full of hazards in order to earn some potential big bucks. Possibly even their freedom. Okay, not that game. What I’m talking about is Chillingo’s Man in a Maze. It’s a bit less bleak.

For starters, the Man (pictured) is always grinning like a goof. That’s pretty much the tone to expect from Man in a Maze: goofy and lighthearted. In between levels players can potentially spin a large, Price is Right-style wheel for bonuses or even use gems nabbed within a stage to purchase upgrades. Of course the stages themselves can be a bit more punishing than the bright and colorful themes might make them appear.

In my brief time spent with the game I saw a number of variations to the maps, which required completely different strategies. At it’s core, Man in a Maze functions much like a fairly typical maze chase game. Players guide the hapless grinning fool around with a finger drag and attempt to snag gems, avoid enemies, and possibly nail them with a fancy ball or two.

All the family friendly (and universal!) game show of death shenanigans will be coming to the App Store this winter.

Find the Way Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Dale Culp on September 28th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: GETS A BIT LOST
Find the Way is a short maze game that pits players against a clock as they race to find a way out.
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Min - A Space Adventure

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jordan Minor on September 20th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SPACE MOUNTAIN
Navigate treacherous asteroids in this exciting, sci-fi adventure.
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Critter Escape! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on August 17th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SCIENTIFIC PROGRESS GOES *POOF*
It's madness, mayhem, and lots of hats in this wacky maze chase.
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MazzyBoyHD Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Angela LaFollette on August 10th, 2012
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: STICKY SITUATION
Navigate the stickman through a variety of complex 3D labyrinths, but be warned that the controls may disrupt the gameplay.
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Electric City: The Revolt Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on July 24th, 2012
Our rating: starstarblankstarblankstarblankstar :: DULL
The game of the web animation phenomenon. Pity it's not very good.
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Enjoy A Calming Puzzle With Dédale

Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 10th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

New to the App Store comes Dédale, a puzzle game all about mazes.

The name stems from the French word for maze and it's that attention to detail that is evident throughout Dédale.

The aim of the game is to guide a butterfly around the maze without stepping on a space more than once. 100 handcrafted levels are included so there's a steady learning curve ensuring that things become gradually more difficult rather than overwhelmingly so. Alongside that is a calming soundtrack that enhances the tranquil feeling of the game.

It all fits the meditative focus perfectly and creates a game that lends itself to relaxing gaming sessions perfectly. There's no sign of leaderboards or stars to represent success, it's just about enjoying the experience.

While some might crave a bit more action to their puzzle games, those after a serene experience will no doubt adore Dédale.

It's out now, priced at $0.99 and is an Universal app.

Critter Escape! to Overrun the App Store Soon

Posted by Rob Rich on June 29th, 2012

Scientists seem to love locking up tiny animals and experimenting on them. At least in video game fiction. The fortunate thing about this is that it makes for plenty of opportunities to create a game based around escaping the evil scientific facility. In this particular instance it’s the driving factor behind Chillingo and Kiz Studios’ new maze chase iOS title, Critter Escape!.

As is to be expected, players will have to guide a “so ugly it’s cute” critter through level after level of increasingly perplexing mazes full of enemies, obstacles, power-ups, and challenges. Simply completing a stage should be simple enough no matter the player’s gaming prowess, but getting the coveted three star rating will require some fairly significant skills. Especially in the latter half of the game’s 120 levels. This requires not only making it to the exit, but also grabbing the crystal hidden somewhere in the maze, as well as completing a specific challenge such as finishing without being seen or under a certain time limit.

Critter Escape! isn’t just “another” maze chase game, however. While it defaults to a line-drawing control scheme (other options are available, including a virtual stick), it’s a very smart line-drawing controls scheme that automatically finds its way around obstacles. It also features a wealth of customization options that can be cosmetic (i.e. a funny hat) or both cosmetic and game-changing (i.e. a ninja suit that makes it easier to avoid guards). There’s also plenty of hidden content (bonus levels, etc) to encourage repeat play.

Keep an eye out for on-the-lamb potato monsters at the end of the summer, when Critter Escape! will be available to the masses for $0.99.

Cosmica Review

Posted by Sinan Kubba on June 25th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Developer: Tazoo Company
Price: Free (first 5 levels then $0.99 to unlock full game)
Version: 1.0
App Reviewed on: new iPad

Graphics / Sound Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Gameplay Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar

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Firstly, a clarification. This review is of the iPad version of Cosmica, a scrolling maze game which can boast freshness, fun, and challenge as parts of its quality. The denoted score is not for the iPhone version. While it boasts the same qualities, those qualities are heavily negated by that version being presently borderline unplayable.

More on that later.

Before all that, let's celebrate the derserving iPad version. It's a simple enough idea, a top-down scrolling maze game. In Cosmica, however, I have to keep my finger held on the screen at all times, dodging and weaving my way as I automatically move up through the labyrinth. It's much like how I'd hold down a pen to draw a line through a maze on paper, and it's that parallel that gives Cosmica an instant click. And yet conversely as an iOS game it feels strangely fresh (or maybe even freshly strange).

There are also little spins on traditional obstacles, things like walls that move from side to side, one-way gates, and some very knotty revolving doors. These spins, alongside the sweeping speed at which the maze scrolls down the screen, force me to stay on my toes (or in this case on my fingernail), especially given how I'm only allowed to make three errors per run. This turns Cosmica into a kind of memory game in which the maze's specific twists and turns have to be memorized, especially when there are flocks of one-way gates to be negotiated, set out in deliberately confusing, dexterity-heavy ways. It reminds me of Bit.Trip Beat, except it's not as tricky as that particular gem.

Except, however, on iPhone... and here's where I lay my beef with that version. The smaller screen means that I need to be far more careful with how steady I keep my finger. That would be OK in and of itself, I don't mind an especially difficult game that's still doable, but when you couple it with frequent and often ill-timed stutter and slowdown, it makes for the kind of experience that leads to a smashed up iPhone/wall/fist. Way too infuriating. Maybe some laxity in the form of extra lives would help. Certainly far less pushing of the device's graphical power - even though it's top down Cosmica's pause menu reveals that it's running in a 3D engine - would do wonders for the iPhone version.

So while I can't recommend it for iPhones as it is, I definitely recommend checking it out on iPad. If you liked Bit.Trip Beat but wished there were more mazes (and less beats) in it, Cosmica is the game for you.