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Theseus 3D


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Just a Minotaur

Product: Theseus 3D | Developer: Jason Fieldman | Publisher: Jason Fieldman | Format: iPad | Genre: Puzzle | Players: 1 | Version: Europe
 
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When Theseus entered the labyrinth of the Minotaur, he followed strict instructions to go forwards and down, but never left or right.

Despite the evident thematic link, following such advice in Theseus 3D will quickly get you squished.

You have to be a bit smarter in these mazes.

Mazing grace


This is a simple but well executed spatial puzzler where you must navigate around a series of cube-shaped mazes, avoiding a larger red cube (the Minotaur), and attempting to reach the exit.

Our blocky Theseus can move one square at a time by swiping in the appropriate direction. The trouble is, the Minotaur can move two squares at time, and will home in on your position accordingly.

This simple strategic disadvantage turns Theseus 3D into a turn-based cat and mouse affair, where you need to use your environment to your advantage.

Simple way out

The Minotaur may be physically superior, but it's a bit dim. It''ll head straight for you regardless of what lies in between, and has no advanced path-finding abilities.

This means that your best bet is often to lead it away from the exit point and snag it up against a piece of wall.

Another common tactic is to navigate around to the opposite side of the cube, where the Minotaur can't see you.

It's fun figuring out these simple puzzles, but there's little variation beyond an increase in the size of the mazes as things get more difficult. It can all get a little repetitive, with the basic tactics remaining the same throughout.

The controls are also a little sticky, with your movement and the act of rotating and spinning the levels frequently clashing.

Theseus 3D probably won't find its way into your most played list, we suspect, but it can guide you to a few minutes of gently taxing fun here and there.
 
Theseus 3D
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Jon Mundy | 10 November 2014
A decent 3D spatial puzzler with some clever mechanics, but one that's perhaps a little light on variety
 
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