Maze and puzzle games tend to be my favorites in the category of iPhone games, particularly when they are well thought out and unique. What PoiPoi in Maze, an app designed by John Choi, seems to offer is dozens of mazes that are all quite similar, with the challenge being that the player can’t actually see all of the maze around them.
In other words, the maze is set up exactly like the type of maze you used a pencil to figure out on the back of your kiddie menu while Mom and Dad ordered. But you’re zoomed in, and therefore can’t strategize. You have to pick a direction and make guesses, then retrace your steps when you’ve finally moved around the maze enough to see the goal and the path you need to take to get there. For what it’s worth, I can see some players enjoying this type of challenge. For me, it was a little irritating – I just wanted to see the whole maze.
PoiPoi in Maze does offer a lot of extras for a game of this price. 42 stages, each with three levels (and every one of those available open or with a time limit) is impressive. The first of the three levels simply puts your character in a maze, and you must touch a PoiPoi leaf to win. The second has a friend you must first find, then lead to the leaf. The third adds a villain that chases you during your efforts, but he (rather amusingly) falls asleep every so often. There are also items you can pick up to make you invincible, faster, or to trap the villain.
The entire screen is the portion of the maze you are viewing, where you can see your character. In the bottom left is a large version of your character, which you touch and move up, down, left and right to control the character in the maze.
For $0.99, there’s quite a lot of hours worth of game play in this one. The limited view of the maze was an issue for me, but may not be for everyone, so this game may be worth checking out.
PoiPoi in Maze (iTunes Link) requires iPhone OS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.