Maze of Pipo is a game released on 28th June 2013 by Alvaro Mazón Elizalde and created on ActionScript3, and it is still available for download in the Play store for free.
After going through the motions of trying out the game, we are here to share our thoughts on this game with you.
Pipo is our main character, a dog, but you can choose between him and 3 others to fulfill the task assigned to you: Greeky a cat, Dingo a bird, and Suso a rabbit.
This is a puzzle game and the objective is to take your character through a maze collecting all of the objects so that the exit of the maze can become available. Maze of Pipo has nine available levels, in which you will be rated between 1 and 3 stars in accordance to your penalties and time taken.
The game is pretty simple to understand, although you will find some problems completing the levels. The lack of space to control your character and time given to finish each level plus the 2 seconds penalty every time you touch a wall will make your life a living hell. To be honest after level three we found ourselves so frustrated with the game that we just stopped playing it.
Since Maze of Pipo is only available in Spanish, brace yourself as you will have to learn a new language if you want to play it through.
The controls are very simple; you only have to select the level and the character you want to play and just drag your finger through the screen to move your character on the maze.
On the bottom of your screen you’ll see the menu, pause and restart buttons. Every time you press pause a big button appears on the center of the screen, just press it and you’ll be back on the game.
Well with only 9 levels you can’t expect to play it forever, unless you can’t pass a level, in that case good luck.
Don’t expect to control the volume of your game while playing because you can’t. Anyway the game only makes some noises when you select your character or bump into walls, and it has an annoying background “static” noise.
Even taking into account that this is a game meant for children, some details could have done with more attention. For example, in order to play the game on a tablet, as I first tried, I am obliged to play it in portrait mode, and the screen isn’t completely occupied. Well, since I have the possibility to play on a tablet, I would have enjoyed the capability of playing in landscape mode.
Also there are times where it doesn’t seems like your touching the borders with your character but the games throws a penalty nonetheless, which is pretty bad if a toddler is playing, you will find your smartphone/tablet on the ground often enough if you let you child play this.
It seems to us that this was a great attempt at a first puzzle game, and with some improvements it may become an enjoyable puzzle game.
If you take away the lack of precision when controlling your character through the maze and the lack of attention to detail given in parts of the graphics it still is a fun game to share with your children.
Here’s our advice to the developers: since it is a game meant for children, make it easier for them, if it is hard for a grown adult to make it through the maze in the specified time, it surely is almost impossible for a child to do so and it will become frustrating pretty early on.
Our advice to gamers: don’t download this app unless you’re curious or have a huge patient, as there are loads of other puzzle games out there that are better than this one, at least until we see an update that solves the previous issues we mentioned.
Review by: Android Emotions Team