Hello October. The month for Fall, Halloween and corn mazes. But what if you enter the corn maze and things get so strange, but yet so comical that everything else you knew is thrown out? This is how I felt when I played Maize by Finish Line Games. And sometimes being part of something strange equals something good.
Maize is a first-person adventure game about what happens when two scientists misinterpret a memo from the U.S. Government and create sentient corn. Yes corn and the corn can talk. And there is something about adding comedy to a game as strange as this that it just makes playing games in general fun.
Remember going through those big corn mazes from the time of being a kid to being where you are now? Well that is where Maize starts and I appreciate some of the earlier family memories I had when we would go through mazes in October, but it was nothing like this. As you move the tutorial is pretty much straight forward letting you know what you would need to press in order to help you along your puzzle like way.
I will say this now. I love it when a game has a certain art style to it and Maize adds a style that is welcomed to an almost like Bob Ross type of manor.
The music almost matched the art style with this sane yet inspiring yet sci-fi-ish type sound to it. The more I listened, the more I enjoyed. The simple sounds of being in the maze with the gentle like way the wind would move the trees and grass, really shows how the simple things can complete the picture it is trying to paint.
Now this is a puzzle game and if you like puzzles then please continue to get more strange. If you don’t like puzzles…well give it a chance because puzzle can make you think and just take you out of your element enough to show you something special. Puzzles do not hit you in the face like some games, but smartly enough…introduced in a way to keep you intrigued as it makes more fun at puzzles than anything else. And that is what gaming should be about…having fun.
I don’t want to spoil to the story nor the puzzles as this is where you need to see the strangeness for yourself. If you just step outside of your normality and go in with an open mind, you might just get lost in this Maize.
In case you missed the trailer, please enjoy. Until next time, I’m going back in to the Maize.