The Minotaur is out to get you in Theseus

Posted: April 26, 2009 in Puzzle, Strategy

Don’t let the name Theseus turn you off. The game itself is one of the few games that offers both unique gameplay and challenge where logic and strategy goes hand in hand, way beyond your typical labyrinth or marble maze game. As you travel through the different mazes, you have to outmaneuver the Minotaur who is twice as fast as you. Of course, the Minotaur has his own set of challenges and limitations which you can use to your advantage.

Theseus uses touch controls which you can use to move throughout the game. Visually, the gameplay field looks like a chess board and in many ways, it is a game of chess if you’re to outfox the Minotaur. One that is peculiar is the inclusion of a d-pad at the bottom of the screen since you can use swipe motions rather easily. While the d-pad takes up a minimal amount of space, the extra real estate could have also been used to increase the size of the board. Theseus has 85 levels and includes a nice “Smart Hint” button that offers help for next moves. What you’ll find is that the first 10-15 levels are easy to moderate, but after that, Theseus can become rather challenging. But, don’t forget to use the rules of the Minotaur to your advantage.

On that note, I particularly like the playing field and the interface…it’s simplistic yet elegant…probably not a phrase you hear often when describing a video game. Another feature is the scorecard, if you will, that keeps track of your progress as you go through the levels. It’s a nice touch along with the undo/reset buttons. Theseus can be frustrating, but all you have to do is hit the reset button to start over which I’ve done many times. As you play this game, you’ll find that nooks and crannies are your best friends which you can use to trap the Minotaur.

Theseus provides tons of replayability through the seemingly infinite and challenging number of levels. You may want to check out the lite version to get a taste, and if you’re like me, you’ll wind up with the full version.


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