Double Maze may have you see double soon enough…in a good way

Posted: July 29, 2009 in Puzzle

Remember when you were first learning to ride a bicycle and no matter how many times you fell off or scraped knees, you kept trying? That’s the masochistic addiction you get with Double Maze, a tricky puzzler that will have you smiling with satisfaction one minute, and completely ticked off the next. A test of logic and patience, Double Maze is one of complexity hidden behind the illusion of simplicity.

Solving a puzzle can be both enjoyable and irritating, and Double Maze gives you a double dose since the objective involves getting two balls to their destinations at the same time or in a single stroke. That objective alone sounds irritating to me, but I soon found that the game or at least the attempt offers a good degree of mental stimulation, or at the least made me mental.

Double Maze offers 40 unlocked stages meaning you can play whatever level suits your brain. The game offers really good visuals and an equally inspiring soundtrack. Honestly, I would’ve have preferred if stages were unlocked only when completing the previous puzzle to create added incentive and even replay value.

In terms of controls, the game offers two options: tilt and swipe. Personally, I prefer the swipe control set-up because I found the delicate nature of navigating balls through tight spots requires a certain accuracy and personal touch. The tilt function works perfectly fine, but you’ll find in some levels, you may want more a more hands-on approach.

The gameplay itself is fun if you enjoy puzzles that work your brain cells. Moving balls around is not a big deal, but using what is available to you is. Obstacles such as walls can be invaluable resources in positioning one ball while preventing another from moving. And of course, you need to watch the sides where balls can fall off, no one wants that. As you progress, the stages become more complex where a straight line isn’t usually the best strategy and bottomless pits become nuisances. In fact, the frustration and even borderline insanity will come from not being to get your balls to do what you want…it’s as bad as it sounds.

While it can get repetitive, the game does not have a timer so you can proceed at your own pace. One possibility to add some variety to the game in the future may be to add a campaign mode with different puzzle layouts for those with more of a competitive streak and a need for even more satisfaction.

Double Maze is challenging game that will keep you thinking for quite a while. Trust me, you won’t be able to zip through the levels, and that’s a good thing. Why not take the time to actually enjoy the experience.

Albie Meter: 4 Stars (recommended for puzzlers and those looking for a new type of challenge; the lack of a timer make this ideal for the casual gamer)


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