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Review: Maggie the Magnet

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Physics-based puzzles normally make me scream! They are infuriating, hard work, and make you look a right fool. As such, I tend to give them a wide berth. However, Maggie the Magnet tickled my fancy because of its theme and its ridiculously simple approach. Yet, no matter how much I enjoyed it, its challenging ways pushed my buttons and made me bite my lip with rage.

Developed by Khud0 and Eastasiasoft Limited and published by the latter, this is a colourful physics-based puzzle title. It comprises many stages and plenty of obstacles to avoid. What’s more, death and failure are guaranteed and your resolve, patience, and anger levels will be pushed to their limits.

Bounce and collect each of the gears.
Bounce, bounce, bounce.

Maggie the Magnet takes science to the next level. 

The simple but brilliant theme is fun, testing, and enjoyable throughout. With 150 challenging levels to complete and gravity-defying puzzles to overcome, you’ll need a deft touch and a calm mind. What was particularly impressive was the gentle learning curve of the 15 worlds. With new mechanics added regularly, the gameplay could have been messy and overwhelming. Instead, it was tough but comfortable as you tackled each problem.

You have been asked to observe the outlandish experiments in a high-tech laboratory. However, instead of your bulk standard and run-of-the-mill endeavours, you observe a magnet called Maggie. This horseshoe creation must traverse each fixed-screen stage while collecting gears and avoiding obstacles. As a magnet, she uses her power of magnetism and moves by attracting herself to a special central magnet. By doing this, she can fling herself around, collect every object and make it to the exit.

I loved the random stage names.
It is swinging time.

Maggie needs to toughen up. 

I may be wrong, but I thought magnets are pretty hardy. However, Maggie falls apart easily and needs to toughen up. Spikes kill her, propellers smash her to pieces, and don’t get me started on the laser beams. Yet, her piss-poor armour adds a layer of difficulty that improves Maggie the Magnet, to no end. Consequently, this tough element makes the action moreish and demands you to keep going.

During every stage, you must hunt for 3 gears. These can be hidden behind walls, hovering above spikes, or hanging just above moving blades. Where ever they are, you’ll need to grab them and stay alive. However, this is easier said than done as the central magnet moves. Consequently, this makes navigating tight spaces particularly tough. As such, you must find a rhythm and understand when to use your magnetic powers. If you mistimed your approach, you’ll lose all momentum, or die horribly. Either way, it isn’t great, and failure and frustration will follow. 

Maggie the Magnet is simple but striking. 

Thanks to the fixed-screen perspective and ever-changing colour palette, Maggie the Magnet looks unusual. The developers, for reasons unknown, change the aesthetics at random. One moment it is burnt orange, and then it is dusky blue or vivid green. To say this was strange is an understatement. Yet, I kinda liked the randomness, as it made it oddly alluring and somewhat striking to look at. What I also enjoyed was the wacky stage design. Each level has a unique look that’ll alter your approach and the difficulty of the challenge ahead. 

The hardcore nature of the gameplay didn’t match the audio. No, instead, you are treated to a lighthearted and frolicsome affair. The fun music and cheery sound effects juxtapose the ensuing madness. Furthermore, it alleviates a layer of the inevitable stress that the tough and meticulous gameplay delivers.

Maggie the Magnet has a small list of hidden levels.
Complete this odd hidden level.

One button but so much hate!

I applaud the developer’s simple control system. 1 button is all you need to complete this game. Maggie the Magnet focuses solely on magnetism and the associated forces. As such, you must fling yourself around by controlling your magnetic powers. It is wonderfully straightforward but difficult to master. Accordingly, when you get it right, the outcome is undeniably rewarding. 

150 levels are usually enough for anyone. However, the developers have hidden secrets in each world. These zany stages are tough, nauseating, and enjoyable at the same time. What’s more, the game demands you return as you’ll want to perfect every stage. However, this isn’t easy and is a task that’ll push many beyond their limits.

Maggie the Magnet sounded awful, but it turned out to be a triumph. 

I try not to judge a book by its cover, but Maggie the Magnet sounded and looked awful at first glance. Yet, I’m glad I gave it a chance, as every element surprised me. I adored its challenging ways, its tough but fair learning curve, and its bizarre aesthetics. Accordingly, it is one of those hidden gems that’ll be ignored by many gamers, and this is a tragedy. I loved it and I recommend you to buy it here! Can you help complete every experiment? Avoid the obstacles, collect the gears, and master your magnetic powers. 

SUMMARY

Maggie the Magnet is a fun but challenging physics-based puzzle game. Swing, leap, and fall as you collect every gear and find the secrets. To complete this, you'll need patience and luck. It's a great indie title that can be played casually.


+ Nice colourful graphics.
+ Interesting stage design.
+ Lighthearted audio.
+ A simple control setup.
+ 150 challenging levels.

- The physics-based approach will annoy some gamers.

(Rating: PEGI 3 Release date: 14/09/2022 Price: £4.19)


(Reviewed on the Xbox Series X. Also available on Xbox One, PC (Steam), Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5)


Daniel Waite
Daniel Waite
My gaming career started on an Amiga and spans many consoles! Currently, I game using an MSI laptop and Xbox Series X. A fan of every genre, I love to give anything a go. Former editor and reviewer for www.bonusstage.co.uk, I'm loving my new home here at Movies Games and Tech. I can be contacted for gaming reviews on the following email: Daniel@moviesgamesandtech.com

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Review: Maggie the Magnet<p class="has-text-align-justify" style="font-size:14px"><em>Maggie the Magnet</em> is a fun but challenging physics-based puzzle game. Swing, leap, and fall as you collect every gear and find the secrets. To complete this, you'll need patience and luck. It's a great indie title that can be played casually.</p><br/> + Nice colourful graphics.<br/> + Interesting stage design.<br/> + Lighthearted audio.<br/> + A simple control setup.<br/> + 150 challenging levels.<br/> <br/> - The physics-based approach will annoy some gamers.<br/> <br/> <p class="has-text-align-center" style="font-size:10px">(<b>Rating:</b> PEGI 3 <b>Release date:</b> 14/09/2022 <b>Price:</b> £4.19)</p><br/> <p class="has-text-align-center" style="font-size:10px">(Reviewed on the Xbox Series X. Also available on Xbox One, PC (Steam), Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5)</p><br/>