Lost Maze is a puzzle game set on a cylinder like world. You begin as a young girl in a red cloak, of which I imagine is a reference to Little Riding Hood as you’re trying to make it home when the world turns gray and a portal emerges. The goal is to make it home and restore the land through a series of levels. As cosmic as this sounds, it’s fairly simple and the narrative it’s trying to present is only there to guide players along for its challenges.
The main thing you need to know is that this is a puzzle game wherein you’re guiding the playing along a set path. She’ll walk across a dotted line that until something gets in her way. If that happens and you don’t manipulate the game in any form she’ll just walk around in an infinite loop. As the player you can spin certain areas of the world in order to manage her. For example, if a block is on the path, if you swipe it away and there are no other objects to impede, then she’ll stroll to the finish line.
You can tap on the bottom of the screen, freezing gameplay as well in order to figure out the best strategy. It begins simply by trying to figure out the correct path, but then it adds enemies and other obstacles that complicate matters. Lost Maze is a brain tease and actually pretty fun plus it’s gorgeous to boot. However, this is one of the worst free to play game I’ve ever played in terms of ad dumps, which detracted from my experience.
Every few levels an ad will pop up. Not a static picture you can cross out of, but an actual video. You can’t even backtrack to the main screen, or swap between menus without them showing up. Thankfully if you want to pay, there is a way to disable ads, but at that point, why even offer the entire thing as free anyway? Plus it uses energy, of which you have very little, in order to progress through the game.
Lost Maze is a fun, beautiful puzzle game with a unique twist. Unfortunately the free to play implementations will make you scream in frustration. Because of this, as cool as the game is, it’s hard to recommend unless you’re very patient and or are willing to fork over some cash.