Maze Cat is an easy-to-learn, addictive maze collection that's fun and colorful. Developed by Super Box, Maze Cat is a great example of taking a simple idea and executing it well. Maze Cat's a must-play for fans of brain ticklers and puzzles, with an obvious penchant for labyrinths. With a good amount of player choice and game style customization, Maze Cat is a great way to spend a few minutes, or perhaps a few hours.
Like I said before, Maze Cat wears its simplicity on its sleeve. You play as Rookie, a cute and cuddly kitten who finds himself stuck in a maze. Controls are simple; you swipe the screen in the desired direction of movement, and solve a maze. The game is broken up into four worlds, all with 100 levels a piece. There's an additional fantasy world that can be purchased for $0.99, but the amount of free content is enough to keep any maze fanatic busy.
Although the game starts off remarkable simple, there's a good difficulty curve for those who stick with it. I found myself easily completing mazes without second guessing, well into level 40 of the first world. Looking for a challenge, I tried out the mode variants that Maze Cat offers. Unlike most mobile games, Maze Cat doesn't lock you into one form of play. In fact, it encourages you to tweak and customize the game to your liking.
At the forefront of this customization is the three main modes of play. There's the aforementioned “normal” mode, which doesn't provide much difficulty. However, it's a great introduction to maze newcomers or children interested in touching the screen. Further worlds amp up the complexity of the mazes, but it's not my default choice. Instead, I recommend the third option, “time” mode. There's nothing majorly different about the levels themselves, but rather the restrictions placed on the player. Normal mode is just that; normal. Time mode has you racing against the clock, giving you a certain amount of time in which to complete the puzzle. Some might enjoy the “dark” mode, but I found it the least compelling of the three. Dark mode puts you quite literally, in the dark. You're able to see the full maze for a few moments, but it fades into darkness, leaving you with guesswork. Out of the three, time mode is the best bet for balanced play, but all three have their own strengths.
The customization digs further than mode selection, thanks to the inclusion of some appreciated options. As Rookie moves through the maze, he leaves behind paw prints to mark his way. Having trouble seeing them? You can easily switch to a clear white tracking line in the options. You can also toggle music and audio on and off, and change the controls to a more tactile option. For a game that's focused on solving mazes, these options weren't required or necessary. The fact that Super Box included them shows a smart move towards accessibility.
Besides the $0.99 charge for the extra world, you can purchase an ad-free version of Maze Cat. This removes the pesky pop-up ads that fill your screen every few mazes. While they are pretty obnoxious, the ads are forgivable. There's not much in the way of micro transactions, just a simple “pay some cash for hints” system. The game gives you a fish-shaped treat early on, and using it directs Rookie to the next correct step. I wish you could earn these via in-game play, but from what I've seen, they're only available through purchase.
Generally speaking, Maze Cat is a great collection of mazes for players of any skill level. The cute and cuddly mascot make it easy to adore, and the attention to detail and user experience is commendable. The pop-up ads might be a bit excessive, and you may be left scratching your head with the lack of hints, but these issues are minimal. Whether you're a maze junkie or a puzzle newcomer, you should give Maze Cat a go. It's truly an entertaining and adorable experience.
Reviewed by Matt
Watch Maze Cat - Rookie Trailer