Review: Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective Is a Whimsical Book Come to Life

Screenshot: Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective I’ve always been a fan of hidden object games, including the Where’s Waldo books and even hidden word puzzles. These simple games are great time wasters, and something I’ve enjoyed since childhood. There are some pretty entertaining hidden object games out there, but Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective does things a little differently. Surprise: it involves mazes. Based on the wonderful children’s book full of colorful mazes and delightful art, the detailed scenes are now brought to life as a video game. Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective is a hidden object adventure game. In it, you play as Pierre, who is trying to catch the nefarious Mr. X and recover the Maze Stone. Conveniently for him, the Maze Stone creates labyrinths throughout Opera City, which is unlucky for Pierre who must navigate them. These mazes are pretty fun, but not exactly a ‘maze’ as you might imagine it, instead made from the environment. Some mazes consist of crowds of people that have to be navigated around, while others require Pierre to make his way through traffic, up and down ladders, etc. Surprisingly, it’s pretty fun exploring and interacting with each of the detailed locations, and persistent explorers can even find secrets and collectibles. Screenshot: Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective It’s an absolute joy to explore each of the detailed maps, each of which have a different take on the maze concept. Each map is brightly illustrated, and packed full of activity. Unlike most hidden object games, Labyrinth City requires you to find a route to the areas you want to explore, instead of just clicking on anything that might look interesting. Some of the interactions are just lovely, and are amusing to adult me—so I can imagine it could be a fun activity for a child to participate in. While gameplay works a bit like an adventure game, there aren’t any enemies to defeat, nor can Pierre take damage or die—it’s completely non-violent. It’s hard to think that I would recommend a game like Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective so readily. It’s a pleasant game that invokes a childhood whimsy, like I was trying to find Waldo, but in an animated book. Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective is a lovely game with beautiful art—and if you’re already a fan of the book, each level is based on the double page illustrations from the book. Screenshot: Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective Labryinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective is available now for iOS and Android, on Windows via Steam and for Nintendo Switch.       If you like the video game, tabletop, or other technology content that Third Coast Review has to offer, consider donating to our Patreon. We are the only publication in Chicago that regularly reviews video games, and we cover lots of local Chicago-based events and more. If you want to contribute to our coverage of Chicago’s video game scene (and more) please consider becoming a patron. Your support enables us to continue to provide this type of content and more. You can also catch us streaming games we’re reviewing and staff favorites on our Twitch channel.
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Antal Bokor

Antal is video game advocate, retro game collector, and video game historian. He is also a small streamer, occasional podcast guest, and writer.