Maurizio Brancaleoni brings to life the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur in this online Shockwave game played with special cards, but with an added twist.
According to the myth, Theseus goes into the labyrinth to slay the minotaur. Inside, he uses a piece of yarn that was given to him by his love, Ariadne, to mark his trail so he is able to find his way back out in the dark. In Kreta, however, you must enter the labyrinth as Ariadne and save Theseus before he becomes Minotaur feed.
The Minotaur is controlled by the computer, and its goal is to catch and kill you before you have a chance to free Theseus and escape. How both Ariadne and the Minotaur move are decided by special cards, of which you have 4 in your hand at all times. When a card is played, a new one is drawn from the deck, and the same goes for the Minotaur. There are several different types of cards, from simple movement cards to others with which you call on other figures from Greek mythology to aid you. For example, Medusa appears on a card who will cause the opposing player to turn to stone, thus making it unable to move. Each of these special cards also has a similar card that will reverse its effect. In the case of Medusa, you call upon Perseus—the Greek warrior in mythology who killed Medusa with his mirror shield—to set you free once again.
There are two (2) powerful cards available only to Ariadne: Zeus, who enables her to move one space in any direction, even through walls; and Aeolus, the Keeper of the Winds, who transports her to a point in the labyrinth of his choosing.
Knowing when to play your cards is important if you want to win, although the luck of the draw sometimes determines your fate. The game is original, well implemented, and features dynamically generated mazes to ensure a unique game play experience. And yet I found it to be fairly easy. It still kept me busy for a good 20 minutes or more as it is very enjoyable to play.
The game is in Italian as its primary language, but you can switch it to English on the first screen by clicking "English" in the lower left corner. Although I wish you the best of luck on your quest, I warn that maybe Theseus isn't the hero you thought he was.