Let’s get one thing out of the way: Aztec Quest is not a Civilization-style strategy game where the goal is to play as invading Spaniards and brutally conquer a continent. Instead, Aztec Quest is an entertaining puzzle game where you have to lead a ball through chutes, springs, and teleporters. As the game challenges you to solve increasingly difficult puzzles with more elaborate mazes, it’ll help keep your mind feeling sharp.
Aztec Quest reminds us a lot of the classic board game Mouse Trap. Using a limited number of puzzle pieces, you have to build a contraption to move your ball from one location to another.
Mouse Trap on steroids.
You are presented with a grid, and each piece takes up a certain number of squares. Pieces are dragged from the menu onto the grid using touch controls that for the most part are smooth and responsive.
All five worlds are available from the beginning, so you play for points rather than progression. If levels ever become too demanding, you can choose to have part of the solution created for you in exchange for points.
The difficulty curve is perfect, slowly introducing new ideas before blowing your mind with more complex puzzles 50 levels later. But throughout that lengthy campaign, you only use about five different puzzle pieces.
Sure, there are slight variations like catapults with adjustable strength, but despite how cute its music and graphics are, Aztec Quest might begin to feel repetitive after extended sessions. It’s a game built for short, casual bursts. However, by forcing you to master a select group of items instead of constantly adding new ones, the game also better prepares you for its later stages.
This ride starts with a dragon.
If you ever start to tire of the game’s levels, you can just create your own using a complete level editor. You can then share these levels with other players online. The system is seamless, and even allows you to rate creations based on their difficulty to serve as a warning to other potential players.
For the fun, fresh, and satisfying puzzle gameplay it offers, Aztec Quest is easily worth $0.99. Play it and discover how you can get a ball to roll out of a purple dragon’s mouth and into a floating, glowing diamond, using two chutes and a catapult.