Review Maria the Witch
Fly through the sky to collect the missing mail
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 29 May 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Challenging gameplay, hayao miyazaki inspired art design
Vague tutorial, lackluster long term appeal
Maria the Witch for Android is an interesting game in several ways. The art style looks like it was ripped straight out of a Hayao Miyazaka film. You play as Maria, a young witch, who is collecting mail that was stolen and scattered all over the place. Youre job is simple: collect the mail and return it to its rightful owner.
The game plays quite a bit like flappy bird, but it's not an endless runner. In order to gain altitude, you tap the screen. The longer you hold the tap the more your character pivots, eventually coming to a full 360 degree spin. Tapping on the opposite side of the screen allows you to fly in the other direction.
Truthfully, there is quite a bit of depth involved in the game, and it makes it quite difficult. You're flying around these levels, avoiding the ground, obstacles, and enemies, all while trying to fly precise enough to collect the mail and deliver it where needed.
It's a pretty difficult game, and leaves a lot of room before you hit the skill ceiling. Unfortunately, unless you really enjoy it, there really isn't much of a reason to keep playing the game.
Maria the Witch likes to try and trick you into thinking it's an easy game, but it's anything but. It took me about 10 minutes just to get through the first level alone, and each level has multiple routes that have different objectives, so you can get more replayability. I enjoyed the game and the artwork, but the game didn't leave me with a lot of motivation to keep playing.