I can feel the slight tug of the red, bloody waters as I trudge towards a narrow tower of light. It's where two absolutely massive, towering doors stand, the only structure in this strange landscape I find myself in. I manage to reach the doors, push my way through them, and I am absorbed by a bright, blinding white light. I gasp, sitting up on a stone block, surrounded by a flickering torch, and crude stone hewn walls.

See at PlayStation Store

Layers of atmospheric labyrinth

From the moment that you wake up, you are thrust into the world of Theseus. That is to say, you're deep in the bowels of an absolutely massive labyrinth made of more floors and rooms than you can count, crumbling away before your very eyes. In a very real way, the environment of Theseus is the real star of the show. On more than one occasion I found myself craning my head around looking at the small details in areas I knew I'd never get to explore.

When I saw the massive Minotaur burst onto the scene the first time it stole my breath away.

While the world around you looks gorgeous at a distance, it doesn't quite manage to pull it off up close, which is a real shame. Your character — who is never named, but presumed to be Theseus by his Greek styled armor — looks more like something out of a PlayStation 2 game than anything recent. Still, this really isn't a deal breaker. The story, and the labyrinth, are what you're actually looking at.

When I saw the massive — and dear God is it huge — Minotaur burst onto the scene the first time it stole my breath away. In many ways, Theseus is not up to size for the environment around him, because the rotting labyrinth was built for the Minotaur to roam.

Ariadne needs your help

After just a few twists and turns in the labyrinth, I come upon a room that has a skeleton, with a glowing trail whizzing around its head. Following my new guide, I was brought to a room with a stone slab and the face behind a voice that had been beseeching me to find it. Ariadne, or what was left of her, needed my help. She was as trapped as I was within the labyrinth, but she could guide me so that together we could defeat the Minotaur.

In order to do that of course, I'll need to make all the way to the other side of this contained world where Ariadne's light shines brightly. In between me and my destination is the corruption from when the Minotaur turned from being a protector of the labyrinth into something more malignant. Dark pools cover areas of the floor, and black sticky webs are blocking the doorways in many places.

Find your way through this trap

Getting through the labyrinth is no piece of cake, even without those spider webs obscuring the way. You'll have to climb over and under rubble, as well as scaling walls, and sliding through cracks in order to get where you're going. At some point the path will crumble in front of you, making you scramble for footing, or you'll have to hunt down switches and buttons that will open doors or clear your path.

Of course, there is also the Minotaur — who desperately wants to kill you dead — and spiders for you to wade through. At first, the only weapon you'll have available to you is a torch, but you'll soon acquire a blade, making dealing with spiders slightly less stressful. Only slightly though, as a result of the clunky feel to combat. With only one button to attack, no button to dodge and the loose movement controls, it's hard to stay immersed within the labyrinth.

Theseus also uses a stealth mechanic when you are dealing with the Minotaur.

Again these aren't deal breakers, but they do make playing through sections of the game much more frustrating than it has any right to be. While you do get a checkpoint that will only kick you back a few moments, I had to step away from the game a few times...and still managed to beat it in around three hours.

Theseus also uses a stealth mechanic when you are dealing with the Minotaur. It's so large that there is no way for you to fight it one on one, so instead, you'll need to sneak by in order to survive the ordeal. Otherwise, he'll just smash you like an insect under his thumb, and really, who wants that? You'll have to hide behind objects, extinguish your torches, avoid making noise by running into pottery and using a bit of strategy in order to get by him but this was actually one of the more fun mechanics in gameplay.

Theseus is a fun but flawed time

Theseus delivers on a real mixed bag when it comes to gameplay. The world is gorgeous, but a bit blurry up close. The story is a different take on the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur but fails to grab your attention after a certain point. The mechanics are a bit clunky, and combat was frustrating, but not enough that it threw off my enjoyment of the game. Theseus is really close to being something amazing but misses the mark due to a few core components.

For fans of action games though, it may be easy enough to look past these issues and enjoy the game for what it is. At $19.99 it's a pretty affordable offering - just don't expect a super polished experience.


  • Awesome labyrinth environments.
  • Interesting story.
  • Mechanics were easy to pick up.


  • Game is fairly short at only 3 hours long.
  • Combat mechanics are flawed making for a frustrating experience.
  • Steep learning curve for combat and stealth mechanics.

2.5 out of 5

See at PlayStation Store

PlayStation VR


PlayStation VR


This post may contain affiliate links. See our disclosure policy for more details.

Latest And Best Prime Day Deals

It might be Prime Day, but this Instant Pot deal is available to everyone
Instant Pot 3-Quart Duo Mini Pressure Cooker
$39.95 $65.00 Save $25

This 3-quart multi-cooker is perfect for smaller households or serving sizes, and today's deal beats the others we've seen.

Unlock voice control with Echo device deals and $5 Amazon smart plugs
Amazon Echo devices bundled with $5 smart plugs

Amazon's Smart Plug lets you start voice controlling anything plugged into it by asking an Alexa-compatible device, and today's deal lets you snag one for only $5 with purchase of select Echo devices.

Be more productive with a year of Office 365 Home and a free $50 Amazon gift card
Office 365 Home 12-month subscription and $50 Amazon gift card
$99.99 $150.00 Save $50

The subscription works with up to six people, but that card can be all yours.

Amazon's Fire TV Cube is down to just $70 thanks to this Prime Day deal
Amazon Fire TV Cube
$69.99 $119.99 Save $50

Grab TCL's 32-inch 720p Roku TV for less than $100 in this Prime Day Lightning deal
TCL 32S325 32-inch 720p Roku TV
$99.99 $130.00 Save $30

Act fast while you can. These Lightning deals tend to sell out quick.

The Ring Alarm security system is reaching new low prices for Prime Day
Ring Alarm home security systems

Various configurations of the Ring Alarm are discounted to their best prices yet exclusively for Prime members at Amazon through Tuesday night to help keep your home secure.

The Sonos Beam Prime Day deal includes a $40 discount and 2 $50 Amazon gift cards
The Sonos Beam Prime Day deal includes a $40 discount and $100 in Amazon gift cards
$359.00 $499.00 Save $140

That's just so much savings in one deal. You'll have to wait for the physical gift cards, but that's basically $100 to spend however you want.

Prime Day dropped this PlayStation 4 console bundle to just $250
PlayStation 4 Slim 1TB console with Marvel's Spider-Man and Horizon Zero Dawn
$249.99 $359.98 Save $110

This deal on the PlayStation 4 Slim console saves you $50 off its regular price while also including Marvel's Spider-Man and Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition for free. You'll just need an Amazon Prime membership to snag it.

More Prime Day Deals