It’s been some time since a game like this has been featured on MrDavePizza. Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective absolutely belongs. As a game that originated in a book series, the game takes many cues from the visual classics of growing up for me. Incidentally, I was a big fan of books like Where’s Waldo? and Eye Spy, which are similar in scope and content as Pierre the Maze Detective–perhaps you remember too.
So, let’s get into this, what is Labyrinth City? It’s a top-down puzzle game with hand-drawn characters in a visual feast of eccentric characters and scenes. You must navigate through a maze of people to track down the devious “Mr. X.” I spent some time playing it so you can know what to expect from this delightful indie with a charming and surprising origin to a perfectly playable game form. Okay, let’s have a look.
Having a Look Around Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective
So, before I give the breakdown of Labyrinth City, please note that I received a free copy of this as a showcase opportunity to my friends at The Indie Game Collective and Darjeeling’s publisher Pixmain. Thanks, guys!
Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective starts off with a cinematic introduction Mr. X, the story’s villain, and Pierre, the maze detective. Mr. X has stolen a magic stone from the museum that is leading to all sorts of chaos. Get your feet wet and navigate through large crowds, who usually obstruct any obvious paths, to track down the location of Mr. X.
Once found, the chase continues onto the next individual location where the process starts over.
Achivements and Features
Each level is taken from pages of the original illustrations book and animated to provide over 500 interactions. You could certainly speed run through each level at an average of 10 minutes per area like I did, or you can take your time to savor the many sites and sounds of the game.
There are prompts next to several characters and objects throughout each scene. This can provide story depth and entertainment as well as completable achievements. Examples include a mail carrier with a letter, lockboxes spread through the maze, or up to three collectible stars which you’ll need to search to find. There are many many ways to interact with fully animated locations.
These achievements aren’t necessary but add an enjoyable boost of gameplay to solve. If you are either still trying to find Mr. X or want to enjoy the content throughout the game at your own pace, these are a satisfying way to enjoy Labyrinth City. Many puzzle games grab players with a hook of being able to provide lots of content to tease your mind and test your reasoning skills; this is one of those games.
More Info & Where To Get It
If you’re interested in finding out more about the game Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective, check out the Steam store page or look for it on Nintendo Switch.
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