Maggie the Magnet (PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, X/S, PC)

Maggie is a scientist who likes to experiment with magnetic fields.  And luckily for Maggie, she’s also a magnet!  Help Maggie by turning off and on her magnetic field to navigate around mazes in her lab.  Maggie the Magnet is available on all current game systems and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

In each single screen maze sits Maggie, but you can’t control her directly.  Elsewhere in the maze is another magnet and when you press a button, you turn on Maggie’s magnetic charge and she’ll be pulled toward the other magnet.  The trick is to know when to push the button and when to let go to fling Maggie around the maze.  Your goal is to guide Maggie to the exit in the maze.

In each stage are three metal nuts to collect.  You don’t have to get them to complete the level, but getting enough of them is how you unlock new areas so you want to try and get as many as you can.  As you play you’ll encounter new obstacles like spikes, lasers, switches, springs, and more.  My only problem is that the imprecise controls make avoiding those obstacles very hard, and the game gets frustrating very quickly.  But at least you can skip levels and unlocked worlds to try new ones if you get stuck.

Kid Factor:

Maggie the Magnet is rated E for Everyone with an ESRB descriptor of Mild Fantasy Violence.  If you hit a spike or a laser, Maggie just disappears and starts back at the beginning of the maze.  Reading skill isn’t needed, but younger gamers may find it too difficult.

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