Maize is a first-person point and click adventure title developed and published by the dudes (and dudettes?) at Finish Line Games. It tells the story of an unnamed silent protagonist as he wakes in the middle of a cornfield, unaware of where he is or how he even go there. Exploring the nearby farm reveals that it is not as abandoned as it seems and there is this strange door that seems to go nowhere. You soon learn that two scientists misread a letter from the United States Government and created sentient corn (I kid you not!). This sends you on an adventure though a so-called abandoned underground laboratory to uncover the mystery of why you awoke here. There are weird things going on around here and the talking corn is just part of it.
The first-person perspective does bring the farm to life and I did feel immersed into the game, but the visuals did have some flaws. The graphics seemed to stutter every once in a while, especially in sections that required constant movement. There are a few maze sections in the game that require you to move fast and the motion blur while taking corners could be a bit much. However, it did not take away my enjoyment from exploring every nook and cranny for collectibles and other useful items. While the visuals are pretty to look at and some of the vistas can be breathtaking, they are nothing compared to the soundtrack and dialogue of this wacky title.
When I received my copy of Maize, my expectation were rather low. I didn’t expect much out of this game and the premise just seemed so absurd. I was expecting the game to be so off the wall and trying to make the game just seem like a joke. However, while I feel the title is still absurd, it was definitely worth my time and I am extremely happy that I was allowed to review the game. The game was one of the funniest games that I have played lately. Maize, as expected, didn’t take it games serious at all, but it was not too much. The humor level was right on point and didn’t become too corny. The thing that threw me off about the game the most was the length. I was able to complete the game in a little bit under two hours, but I did rush a bit. I didn’t explore every single room to its fullest potential, but I did do everything else. You may be able to get around three hours out of Maize, but that is stretching it. Much longer than that and the game would have just been dragging on. The game is really short, but I felt that it was the perfect length to tell its story.
Overall, Maize was a super funny and enjoyable point and click adventure title mixed with a walking simulator. I would recommend this game to anyone out there interested in getting some comedy in their life. However, I would advise to waiting for a price drop, unless you really are ripping and tearing to play this game. It wasn’t the most a-maize-ing game in the world, but it did a pretty damn good job at entertaining me.
*Note: A copy of this game was provided for the purpose of the review
Final Score: 9/10
+Russian Teddy Bear Sidekick
-High Price Point