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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Astraware Mummy Maze 2.3

License: Free
Price: Free

Having played the Java version of Mummy Maze more times than I wish to acknowledge, I was very excited to see a port of it available for the Palm and Pocket PC PDAs by Astraware. The premise of the game is very simple: guide your explorer to the exit before the mummy can reach you. The challenge lies in the fact that your character can move only one space a turn, but the mummy can move two. This means in most cases a dash for the exit is not the best solution.

In order to escape from the maze, you must use one flaw that the Mummy has. The Mummy always tries to get closer to you horizontally first, vertically second. Using this nature against him and tricking him into the traps created by the walls in the maze is the only way for you to survive and get out the maze alive. Mummy Maze offers 3 levels of difficulty, and 15 chambers in each level. The difficulty setting affects the size and complexity of the maze, but does not make the mummy itself any more or less powerful. You can control the game either using the hardware buttons or stylus.

The graphics in Mummy Maze are about what we’ve come to expect from Astraware. Everything from the menus to the characters is clean and well designed. The levels themselves are displayed from a top-down viewpoint with strong 3D textures. The cartoon pictures used in the opening and game over screens don’t really fit the rest of the graphics, but it doesn’t detract from the game in any way, and is easily overlooked.

The sound effects are very simple, which fits the gameplay. You will hear the footsteps when you move and miserable body slamming sound when Mummy crushes you. I wouldn’t mind a mummy groaning noise or my explorer screaming like a little girl when he gets captured, but perhaps that’s just my sadistic side. Music is a fast pace adventure music style. Both sound FX and Music volumes can be adjusted or turned off completely.

Overall the game is solid, well designed, and more addictive than I would like to admit. Once you get the hang of it, you will want to keep coming back to stare at the maze that's challenging you. If you are the type of a person who wants to get a solution right away, you will either get very good at this game or you will give up early on at the game. The only other issue I had was that the info icon on the alert box was discolored for some reason, but all in all, this is a very well done title.