Mind Maze from Sometimes You is a challenging puzzle experience that pays homage to a classic childhood experience. Check our Mind Maze review!
The goal in Mind Maze from Sometimes You is to capture more cells than your opponent. Surrounding a cell with walls will allow you to capture it, but you must be careful because your opponent can use the walls you set to its advantage. The good news is that if you pay attention, you can also do this. You probably played something like this many years ago as a kid on a notebook, as you took turns drawing wall after wall to then mark the squares you got. In the end, whoever had more squares with their mark would win.
You’ll control a bar around the playing area, either with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, as you press the X button to set up a wall. If when you do this, you manage to capture a square, then you get a chance to make another move. Because of this, you’ll always have to be one step ahead of your opponent so that you can perhaps sacrifice a square or two in order to set up a big combo of captured squares that will secure your victory.
Mind Maze has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy, but it’s not going to be an easy one to work your way through. It’s a short list split into one Bronze trophy, four Silver trophies, and ten Gold trophies. There’s a trophy for getting your first win, for getting five wins in a row, for beating five, ten, and fifteen levels in the main campaign, for completing the basic campaign, for capturing 35 cells in a row, for capturing 150 cells in a single level, for getting 10,000 and 50,000 points, for capturing 2,500 cells in total, and for placing 5,000 walls, for beating one AI on Hard, for beating two AI on Normal, and for beating two AI on Hard.
Mind Maze takes a classic puzzle game that a lot of us got to enjoy during our childhood in a pen and paper setting and brings it to Sony’s portable at a low price. There’s also a Platinum trophy for trophy hunters to try and add to their collection, as long as they have the patience for taking on the three levels of AI. Mind Maze is out on PlayStation Vita with a $4.99 asking price.
This Mind Maze review is based on a PlayStation Vita copy provided by Sometimes You.