Winding down with a good casual game once in a while is a great way to relax so let's visit Pierre the Maze Detective in Labyrinth City.
Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective tells the story of Mr. X who devilishly steals a treasure that transforms its surroundings into mazes. So, it's up to Pierre to return this artifact to the museum where it belongs before Mr. X continues his world-altering hijinks.
If this story sounds funny to you then you'll be correct because the whimsical world of Labyrinth City is a downright delight to take in. Not only are the graphics incredibly detailed and beautifully colourful, every area is chock-full of visual treats that range from silly animations to funny background scenarios and of course, people and objects that you can interact with in order to watch something goofy happen. For example, if you see a garbage can just sitting there, why not open it? Perhaps a rat will scurry away or maybe someone's hiding in there; who knows? It's witnessing these little discoveries unfold that makes playing Pierre the Maze Detective a joy.
I may be getting a bit ahead of myself because I haven't even talked about its gameplay yet. You essentially control Pierre while trying to get from point A to point B. However, you often can't just run straight there because remember; everything's a maze! So, you'll have to work out how to reach your objectives through trial and error and a little bit of light puzzle-solving from time to time. Along the way, you can also discover collectibles such as stars, pages, and treasures so keeping a keen eye out for alternate paths and stand-out objects will regularly pay off. Plus, these add a good amount of replay value if you want to try and find everything in the entire campaign.
On top of the lovely graphics, you're treated to a jaunty soundtrack with music that always fits the current scenario. I absolutely love it and to elevate the audio to sweeter heights, there are spot-on effects and atmospheric noises such as crowd chatter that make the world come to life. It's amazing that the sound design stands out in such a way and my hat is off to whoever worked on the audio.
Finally, I'll discuss the downsides although I kind of don't want to because Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective is a special experience but this is a game review so here we go! Although the gameplay is relaxing, I would have liked to be challenged at least once in a while yet everything is rather self-explanatory throughout. Similarly, the gameplay itself is quite one-note so it's not the sort of game that you'll play in long sessions because it'll get fairly tedious. Speaking of long, the campaign can be completed in just a few hours so unless you're a completionist, you will likely be done with it in 1 or 2 gaming sessions. To collect everything; you could double that time.
For a laidback casual gaming experience, few games offer as much delightful sights and silly shenanigans as Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective so if you want a simple game to chill with after a long day, I recommend giving it a go.
- + Lovely artwork with plenty of cute and humorous animations
- + Excellent music and sound design
- + Relaxing no-pressure gameplay
- - Doesn't present much of a challenge
- - Not all that long at only a few hours
- - Gameplay gets quite tedious after a while