Based on a bestselling children’s book series, Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective is an adventure/puzzle game where you play as the title character, Pierre, and his search for the elusive Mr. X. A terrible crime has been committed at the Opera City Museum and the magical Maze Stone has been stolen. The Maze Stone has the power to turn anything into a labyrinth, hence the name of the game. Pierre must undertake a new adventure that will lead him from the museum, to the city streets, to a castle in the sky, a haunted mansion and much more.
Let’s start with the obvious. The art in Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective is absolutely amazing. The hand-drawn art is incredibly detailed, very colorful, and always full of life. While the background itself might be static, there’s always some kind of movement going on, whether it be from objects, NPCs, or just foreground stuff like flying balloons, birds, or wind. Something’s always going on and it gives the appearance of living art.
Building off the art style is the audio. There some pretty good music in the game that adds to the overall look of the game. There’s also full voice overs during the cut-scenes which is a nice surprise.
Now comes the gameplay. This is where the name of the title gives it away. Each level basically is one giant maze where you must find a way from Point A to Point B. Point B usually is where Mr. X is at the time. The game itself isn’t difficult and moving through the maze isn’t as confusing as you’d think it would be. It’s pretty straightforward actually and the way the story progresses, it sort of leads you through the maze and the correct path to take. However, you’ll want to diverge from the path a little and explore. That’s because the maze is filled with hidden secrets, minigames, and fun interactions with citizens in the maze.
While the gameplay maybe a tad bit easy for us adults, the game ultimately is made really for children who enjoy the series of books. Also, the slightly simpler gameplay does move the story along, and ultimately, this is really more of a story-heavy game. This is not a bad thing at all and will keep kids interested until the end. I would think of Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective as more of a highly interactive storybook.
So, is Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective worth a purchase? If you have kids, I’d say yes. This is a great family friendly game that I think your kids would enjoy. Not only is the story well suited for them, but being able to explore such fantastically detailed locations is an experience worth the play through. The art is some of the most amazing art I’ve seen and there’s always something fun hidden away to discover. With that said, I give Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective my seal of approval.
Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective is available now on the Nintendo eShop.
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