LabyMania, developed by Amygdala Studios, is a new labyrinth-styled puzzle game that challenges both your logical and creative side and – is also a whole lot of fun. As with most puzzlers of this type, you maneuver your way through the mazes to earn treasures. What’s work without reward – right? But it’s not that straightforward – each move you make resets the overall design of the maze requiring you to think about your moves carefully.
Getting started with LabyMania allows you to select any one of five different themes that customizes both the sounds and visuals of the game. You can send bugs through a garden maze or a sailing ship through the ocean. The game board always begins with a labyrinth with missing connections though – and it is up to you to select the correct connection in order to move your game piece. Sounds easy, right? Well, it is – and it isn’t. The challenges get progressively more difficult and you also need to get progressively more creative. There may be a multitude of solutions, but each game is programmed to be solved in a set number of moves. If you make the wrong choice, the maze may still be solvable – but not in the prescribed number of steps.
To get you started, LabyMania comes with an excellent tutorial to show you the ropes. Only certain pieces can be moved into rows and columns and you can flip some pieces to make them fit. There are also three different difficulty levels – easy, intermediate and hard. Even at the easy level you’ll find challenges – so start there and work your way up. You can move back and forth within the levels by clicking the yellow bars in the bottom left corner.
LabyMania can be played in the solo mode, with up to three friends or against the pre-programmed artificial intelligence of the “LabyManic”. For those people who like to publicize their gaming prowess – you can even share your successes through Facebook. The only suggestion I would make is that it would be great if there were an “undo” button. Sometimes you see the right move just after you make a (wrong) choice. Obviously not an option if you are playing with others, but it would be a nice addition for when you’re playing alone.
Labymania is a great puzzle game for people who don’t mind a mental workout. Like in chess, success in LabyMania requires that you plan not only your current move – but also the next and the next. You’ll enjoy hours of game playing with this fun, and addictive, game. Click on the following YouTube video if you’d like to see LabyMania in action.
LabyMania is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch and requires iPhone OS 2.2.1 or later.