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