Percentile Rank

Maize is ranked in the 25th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 45 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

65

Top Critic Average

31%

Critics Recommend

Based on 45 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Handsome Phantom
Yes
Yes
Sep 14, 2017

Growing up on films like Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Signs has left me with a deep distrust for farms and cornfields.

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Superlevel
Yes
Yes
Feb 2, 2017

Maize is inventive, original and - pardon me - amaizeingly corny.

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ACG
Wait for Sale
ACG

Top Critic

Wait for Sale
Dec 1, 2016
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Games Xtreme
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
Sep 15, 2017

Sometimes pulled in two directions by its attempt to balance serious tension with comedy relief, Maize ends up relying heavily on the idea that you'll buy into both sides of the equation. For some, this will be a blessing, but for others it will be a curse that weakens the rest of the package.

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Killa Penguin
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 14, 2017

Maize is a weird little game that blends a bunch of genres together while defying their individual norms. It’s an adventure game, but it either hints at or blatantly tells you what items will later be used for. It’s a walking simulator, but you actually do stuff other than walking (including a bizarre dancing minigame at one point). It’s a comedy game, but there’s also an underlying sense of mystery in the early parts of the game. It’s character-driven, but you never actually meet several of the more important characters beyond reading their passive-aggressive post-it exchanges littered throughout levels. Really, it’s all of these things and none of them.

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Scored Reviews

CGMagazine
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 1, 2016

I mean, once you spoof the recognition software for a door using a coat rack, a jumpsuit, a sweaty headband, and an Etch-a-Sketch depiction Bob’s face, you can start to appreciate the game for what it is: honest, silly storytelling

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GameGrin
9 / 10.0
GameGrin
TheSphericalCat

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Dec 19, 2016

A comedic and utterly bizarre adventure game backed with passion and love for the genre and the craft, with some important options missing letting down a near perfect game.

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Cerealkillerz
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 13, 2016

Maize falls a bit short and doesn't really offer that much of a challenge but it's still one of the funniest Adventures I've ever played.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Dec 1, 2016

Even though the game basically pulls you from one remarkable situation to the next, that is kind of the point, and I really enjoyed my time with Maize. It has that self-aware LucasArts ridiculousness that is wonderfully endearing, and seeing as we’re currently lacking in adventure games, Maize is a welcome breath of fresh air.

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TheXboxHub
Sep 24, 2017

I really enjoyed Maize, perhaps more than I should have. I was expecting the game to be absurd to the point where it made no sense, but in reality I found the story cohesive. Completely out there with a Russian teddy bear and walking, talking corn stalks, but still cohesive.

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Gamerheadquarters
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 1, 2016

Maize is a few hour journey depending on your ability to move through the environment and a great time.

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PS4Blog.net
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 28, 2017

Maize is certainly a weird first-person exploration game – a walking simulator is what some would call it – but a fun one with a dry sense of humor and visuals that get the job done (if you play on a PS4 Pro you'll notice some extra bells and whistles here and there. What really shines during your playthrough is the great voice acting in the game which elevates the overall experience. If you're looking for a walking simulator with a bizarre premise, then you should give Maize a try.

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Pixelophobia
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Oct 11, 2017

Maize is quite a funny puzzle game. It tells a story of rebellion and highly advanced experiments. A story of governments and its mistakes. Corn and teddies. It's absurd, but what is weird, it makes sense in the end.

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KeenGamer
7.5 / 10.0
KeenGamer
Alex J. Jones

Top Critic

7.5 / 10.0
Nov 30, 2016

I have to say I really didn't know what to expect from this game when I first came into it, but I ended up enjoying it massively. Once you get into the swing of it and just accept Maize for the odd little story that it is, you'll find yourself being happy for spending the time in it that you did. The characters throughout are all wonderful in their own special little ways (even the ones you don't actually meet), the story is great at keeping you guessing right until the last moment and the whole thing has been very well put together.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 25, 2017

While certainly not the best adventure game I’ve played, there’s no doubting that Maize is filled with heart. The love that went into development shows throughout, and it’s why I found myself constantly laughing at all of the game’s silly jokes throughout. If you’re looking for three or four hours of laughs, and don’t mind some standard puzzle design, then you’ll find a lot to enjoy here.

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ThisGenGaming
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 16, 2017

I see most gamers enjoying Maize, but very few returning to the cornfield for another trip around the farm.

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Entertainment Buddha
75 / 100
75 / 100
Dec 1, 2016

Maize does plenty of things right. The puzzles in the game will have you scratching your head on where to go next, leaving you to decipher what your items are for. Great graphics hold this game up while dull back tracking and hit or miss humor keep it just below a higher threshold.

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PushStartPlay
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jan 6, 2017

There's more to Maize than it's concept initially suggests. A funny game that manages to balance silly humour with a genuine sense of mystery and some worthwhile gameplay. Unfortunately let down by some technical issues, but ultimately a well crafted parody.

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Nerdburglars
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 22, 2018

Maize is not without its flaws, but it more than makes up for them with a unique and humorous story. By no means is it the best puzzle game I have ever played, but it is still a good one. This game stands out from other similar games by being funny and so distinctly strange. For the price, it is a game that is well worth picking up if you fancy a quick puzzle game and a few laughs.

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VideoTime
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Dec 20, 2016

Maize is a first-person game based on what would happen if two scientists misinterpreted a memo of the United States government, resulting in the creation of sensitive maize with little brain.

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GameZone
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Dec 3, 2016

Its oddball humor won’t work for everyone and its technical issues still need to be ironed out, but as a first-person adventure, it hits a lot of the right buttons.

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COGconnected
72 / 100
72 / 100
Dec 1, 2016

If you love puzzles, and are looking for a visually-stunning indie game (or you just love corn), take a bite out of Maize.

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PlayStation Universe
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 20, 2017

Maize is an 80's Spielberg movie on crack. That is all.

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NEOsite
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 16, 2017

Don't look for any challenge here, it's not that type of adventure game. It's a couple hours long experience with bizarre and silly, but great Tim Schafer-like humor.

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GameSpew
7 / 10
7 / 10
Dec 5, 2016

Even with certain problems, some that stand out more than others, there is some semblance of greatness in Maize – particularly in the writing and humour that shines through the absurdity.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 23, 2017

Maize is a pretty rare kind of game. It is very unlikely it will reach cult status the way Deadly Premonition has, but this really is every bit as good and original.

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The PlayStation Brahs
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 6, 2017

If you don’t mind thinking outside your own box, then Maize is worth a try. The game’s unique flavor and style might push away some gamers, that’s ok though! They’ll be the ones missing out on this short, enjoyable treat. The game isn’t going to blow you away with its puzzle gameplay or linearity , but the enjoyment you’ll receive from the game’s craziness will reward you with some zany moments to remember

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Sirus Gaming
6.8 / 10.0
Sirus Gaming
Joecel Cruz
6.8 / 10.0
Dec 9, 2016

Overall, Maize was a satisfying showcase of cheesy corny goodness, but it’s a ride best experienced only once. For now, it’s best to wait for a Steam sale to pick up on this game. And please, just stop pressing Q.

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Spaziogames
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Dec 6, 2016

Maize is a first person adventure, full of humor and nonsense, with talking corn and Russian Teddy Bear. However, the puzzles are very easy to solve and the journey is short and linear.

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Geeks Under Grace
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Nov 7, 2017

Maize could have been quite a pleasant surprise with its clever writing and memorable characters. Unfortunately, it ends up failing both technically and interactively with a few instances of game-breaking bugs and poor optimization for consoles. The story is worth seeing through to the end, but everything around it ends up dragging Maize down.

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God is a Geek
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Sep 17, 2017

Maize is an amusing title, it's puzzles don't really require any critical thinking and it is overly linear but it kind of works as a curio with some genuinely funny jokes dotted throughout.

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Generación Xbox
6.3 / 10.0
Generación Xbox
Manuel Rodriguez

Top Critic

6.3 / 10.0
Sep 18, 2017

Maize is a different experience with an unique style that has small problems to connect and put players into an enjoyable experience. In Maize everything is spinning around a wacky story that for some people may be hard to take. And on the top of that, you got a gameplay that sometimes feels kind of unappealing and disorientating.

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Cubed3
6 / 10
6 / 10
Dec 1, 2016

Maize is an example of the age-old debate in gaming around gameplay versus story. In this case, it is so hard to discount the gameplay aspect. The great implementation of the plot and the unique story, on top of the brilliant portrayal of the cast and the general charming vibe, is sure to please young and old. What lets it down is that all this is balanced against a rather high cost considering the very modest length of the adventure, which doesn't offer any real replayability. Additionally, the lack of challenge means things feel extremely linear and the length is even further eroded. Maize is a definite pick up… when it is on sale, that is.

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FingerGuns
6 / 10
6 / 10
Sep 22, 2017

As of now, it feels like a single idea with a strong story connecting it all together. It doesn't live up to that brilliant trailer but if you're after a game to give you a good chuckle, you can't really go wrong here. Just be ready to walk around a hell of a lot to get to the punchline.

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Azralynn
60 / 100
60 / 100
Dec 2, 2016
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IGN Spain
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Oct 10, 2017

Surprisingly original but deeply unsatisfying due its difficulty and graphical issues.

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VGN
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2017

Despite a good sense of humour, Maize failed to convince either as a walking simulator and a graphic adventure. Its progression is based on a linear and recurring process which require to find new objects to solve basic puzzles that feel too much similar to each other.

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Gaming Tree House
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2017

Maize has a great idea behind the game, but it failed to actually fulfill the idea behind it. For the first hour, I wandered around aimlessly suffering massive frame-rate drops on the Xbox One with no real guide telling me what I needed to do or any story actually telling me why I was there.

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Destructoid
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Dec 1, 2016

There's not much going on in Maize. As a video game it fails on both the technical and interactive fronts. The gameplay is so simplistic that it may as well not even exist. Breaking the fourth-wall is cute, but never really amounts to anything other than a cheap laugh. The story is a decent experience thanks to its humor, but everything surrounding it drags it down.

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GameSkinny
Feb 4, 2017

While the ideas presented here were creative, the presentation was corny and the execution left grit in my teeth...

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Respawning
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
Sep 22, 2017

In the end Maize turned out to be kind of a boring mess. I’m pretty sure there will be people out there that absolutely adore this game and it’s comedy and puzzle solving and all that but it just wasn’t for me. I do enjoy games of this genre but this just wasn’t a well executed game. To quote my friend who was playing this with me, “I would rather be doing SAT Math.”

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Push Square
3 / 10
3 / 10
Sep 20, 2017

We wish we had more positive things to say about Maize, but unfortunately, it just doesn't have much going for it. The story and writing are atrocious, the characters are forgettable, and the puzzles themselves are too easy. The game is honestly quite boring, despite its bizarre premise, and the attempts at humour are ham-fisted at best and excruciating at worst. If you're after something different, Maize is certainly that, but be warned that it may leave a bad taste in your mouth.

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TheSixthAxis
2 / 10
2 / 10
Oct 11, 2017

I wanted to like Maize, I really did. The initial trailers promised precise puzzle solving and surreal Pythonesque humour, yet there is very little here for me to be able to recommend and I find myself being very s-corn-ful. The dull and tedious gameplay and misjudged humour making the limited run time a dreary drudge to the finish line. It simply shucks.

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Pure Playstation
2 / 10.0
2 / 10.0
Sep 22, 2017

I've said enough about this in the body of the review. There's nothing I can put here you haven't already read. I'm already wasting my time writing this. It's a bad game.

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Thumb Culture
1 / 10.0
1 / 10.0
Oct 10, 2017

I like to say i'm a straight talking reviewer. I will censor myself here to save Maize any more embarrassment and give it an award of Thumb Culture Trash Award

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