Dédale review (iOS / Universal)

September 4, 2012

“But to you in your little dream world
You’re still the queen of the butterfly collectors”

10 word description: Maze colouring puzzler. 100 levels plus infinite random challenges. Game Center.

10 word review: Progressive challenge with subtle, devious maze elements. Relaxing puzzle fun.

You will like this if you enjoy: Logical pen-and-paper maze puzzles, the ones where you have to travel across every tile in sequence but not retrace your steps. Yeah, you know the ones that I’m talking about.

The good news: For this kind of simple route planning maze game, the graphics, effects and sounds are surprisingly good. The concept feels traditional and familiar with a great translation to the touch screen. Difficulty increases gradually – success is always satisfying. The GC achievements are numerous and quite interesting.

The bad news: (If you swipe around the maze you will not notice this bug). If the last tile that you tap is in the same place as the retry button (the one that always appears at the end of a maze, not the one at the top corner of the screen) the game will interpret that final tap as a press of the retry button and take you straight back into the maze that you just completed. I completed maze 1:5 a few times, wondering why the mazes looked so similar, before realising what was happening. This is probably very easy to fix and, as I said, won’t happen if you swipe from one tile to the next.

Arcadelife verdict: Dédale takes a very simple concept and turns it into an effective and rather cool iOS puzzle game. The hand-crafted levels gradually progress in difficulty, requiring a fair amount of thought once additional elements are introduced, such as the long tiles and the ones that need to be touched/painted twice. The random nature of the procedurally generated levels adds some unpredictable fun to the proceedings and also provides a bit of a break if you get (temporarily) stuck on one of the standard levels.

If you’re looking for a fairly polished (fix that bug!) puzzle game that isn’t just another ‘cute animal flicking physics star collector’ then I don’t have any problem recommending this.

Arcadelife rating

Visuals – 8/10
Audio – 7.5/10
Controls – 9/10
Content – 9/10
Fun – 8/10
Final rating – 83/100

Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is n.n
iTunes link

Dedale website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
iPad (iOS 5.1.1)

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