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Challenging puzzle game

Help your rat reach the cheese in this fun game.

RatMaster is a fun and challenging puzzle game in which users reconfigure mazes to allow their rat to reach the cheese at the end, all while avoiding snakes and other potential dangers. The simple premise and sometimes difficult puzzles make this game easy to get hooked on.

The program's graphics and interface didn't totally blow us away, but they are definitely above average. The music and sound effects were appropriate and added to the game's experience, but they can be turned off if desired. Game play is intuitive, and a Help file explains the basic rules of the game; hints are also available for users who get stuck mid-maze. The mazes vary in difficulty, with some of them solvable within a few minutes, and others making us think we'd never find a solution. Both novice puzzle-solvers and more advanced players will find mazes that suit their ability. Overall we found RatMaster to be quite enjoyable and had few complaints about it. We do wish that the program didn't force users to play in full-screen mode; there doesn't appear to be any way to minimize the program without closing it completely. Other than that, the program was enjoyable, and we had a hard time tearing ourselves away from it.

RatMaster is free to try, but only 12 levels are available in the trial version; the full version contains 60 more. The program installs and uninstalls without issues. We highly recommend this program to all users.

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