Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective from Pixmain and Darjeeling is a charming puzzle adventure game on Nintendo Switch. Check our Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective review!
Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective from Pixmain and Darjeeling is a charming puzzle adventure game on Nintendo Switch in which you’ll take control of the titular character as he sets out to solve a new mystery! Mr. X has stolen the magical Maze Stone from Opera City’s museum, so it’s up to Detective Pierre to chase after him to recover the Maze Stone before it’s too late! It’s a relaxing journey that will take you through Opera City after it has been turned into a maze after Mr. X uses the powers of the Maze Stone.
The game is based on the book Pierre the Maze Detective – The Search for the Stolen Maze Stone by Japanese artist Hirofumi Kamigaki and illustration studio IC4DESIGN. Every area you explore in Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective will be based on the hand-drawn art of Hirofumi Kamigaki and studio IC4DESIGN, carefully animated by studio Darjeeling. If you’re a fan of the books, this game will certainly be a treat. And if this is your first time experiencing this world, you’ll probably end your adventure as a fan.
You’ll be taking on a hidden objects type of game as you explore the very detailed areas of Opera City. The game can be played either with the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con, the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller or by using the console’s touchscreen when playing in Portable or Tabletop Mode or if playing Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective on a Nintendo Switch Lite. You can walk around with the left analog stick, the right analog stick, or the D-Pad, interacting with objects or other characters with the A button. If you need a reminder of your next objective, you can press the Y button, and Pierre will get all serious and will bring out a magnifying glass as the game points you in the right direction.
After a narrated intro by Carmen – Pierre’s friend – that is presented in a comic book style – you’re off to Opera City’s museum to search for any clues left behind by the evil Mr. X. Each area you visit will be very busy, with hundreds of animated characters that will certainly draw your attention. A man fighting against a large dinosaur? Check! A ninja trying to climb a wall? Yes! A polar bear carrying around a miniature building? Sure, why not? There’s a lot to see in this very charming adventure.
For every stage that you explore, you’ll have to get from point A to point B. The game simplifies this by having carefully traced paths you can take so that you don’t get lost or end up stuck between objects or other characters, as could be the case if the game allowed for full movement in a 3D space. You’ll have to keep your eyes wide open since you’ll also have to collect three stars, as well as solve some puzzles along the way!
Take, for example, the first puzzle you find during the first level in the game – which I’ll discuss now, as to not spoil things too far into this journey. Remember the polar bear I mentioned before that is carrying a miniature building? If you talk to it, the bear will ask if you can please fix the crooked pictures to make things right. By pressing the A button, you can interact with each framed image, but if you interact with one of them, others might move as well! Because of this, you must find the right combination to straighten up all images.
You can take many paths in each of the game’s many areas, and some of them might be blocked by police officers, a tree that has fallen over, a giant statue, or people just standing around, not noticing that they’re in your way. If you want to get all stars, complete all puzzles, and find all hidden treasure, you’re going to have to take every single path so that you can find everything that each level is hiding. Sure, this might sometimes lead you down a dead-end, but you’ll usually at least end up finding something – or someone – to interact with. You’ll also find some pages from Mr. X’s notebook, which will help you better understand how to solve the game’s puzzles.
Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective is a charming, fun, and relaxing puzzle adventure that will keep you busy for a handful of hours. It features a gorgeous art style, easy-to-understand gameplay mechanics, solid voice acting, and lots of collectibles to find between stars, the missing pages from Mr. X’s notebook, the hidden treasure chests, not to mention the puzzles to solve. Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective is out on Nintendo Switch with an $11.99 asking price, and it’s one you don’t want to miss!
This Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Pixmain.