Without sounding corny, let me start off by saying this game was a-Maize-ing.
This game has you from the beginning. Personally, I was immersed from the first minute. It throws you straight into a labyrinth/maze environment that is within a maize field; hence the name of this perfectly titled game. There is really nothing more than some on-screen words that pop up to give you some controller directions for the first few minutes. Eventually you come across some a farmhouse and objects you can interact with, with funny and sarcastic descriptions that actually identify their actual use. Needless to say, it sucks you in and keeps you saying “What did I just see?” from the very start.
Now, the story is really crazy and it is really difficult not to tell all right here. You start off with no identity, you don’t know who or what you are. You follow a path in the maze labyrinth with absolutely no idea what happens next, but you push on, discovering items that help your progress in the game. Without giving too much away, eventually you interact with 3 Corn Stalks that are alive… Yes…. Alive. There are 3 of the Corn Stalks you encounter and their names are Jim, Bill and Fred. Immediately you pick up the humour put into the game with their quirky personalities. Eventually you make it into a laboratory and that should explain the talking Corn. The interactive side to this game was crazy fun, you need items to use items to use other items!
When it came to the graphics and the visual side, I was blown away. The facial animation on the corn but pure beauty, they nailed it! Standing and being forced to watch 3 hilarious Corn Stalks discuss talking a nap is a lot less boring than it sounds when it looks like they mean what they say.
I have only two issues with this game. Firstly, it was too short and it left me wanting more but not in a good way, more like a “Uh that’s it?” kind of way. Secondly, you get a sidekick who is a Russian Bear (No, not the vodka) names Vladdy. He is a very pessimistic bear with serious issues, a bad attitude and the worst Russian accent since any James Bond villain. The issue I had with this was he became almost overbearing and you are forced to listen to him complain in every cut scene you are both involved in. This isn’t the end of the world and doesn’t ruin the game but eventually you’ll be telling him to shut up like I was.
Conclusion, GREAT GAME! Worth the R319 (R239.25 if on PS Plus)? If you are into finishing games 100%, playing it over and over and over again then sure. If you are like me and finish it in 3 hours, miss 1 trophy and probably will never play it again, then you should buy it anyway, because as I said; THIS GAME IS A-MAIZE-ING.
Reviewed on: Sony Playstation 4
Available on: PS4, XBOX ONE, PC
Genre: Adventure, Mystery
Age Rating: Teen (Violence)
Publisher/Developer: Finish Line Games
Estimated RRP: R 319
Release Date: 12 September 2017 (Console)
- Brilliant Story
- Fun and Interactive
- Story too short
- Can not skip cut scenes