Developed by Magic Games, Enchanted Forest is an arcade-style game exclusive to the iPad. Using a basic ball-bouncing game mechanic, the object of each stage in Enchanted Forest is to release a trapped fairy and gather as many points along the way as you can.
In each level, you will need to bounce a ball between the bricks and obstacles above and your movable platform below. There are two different control methods that you can use in Enchanted Forest to move the platform, either tap-to-move or accelerometer (default). Either way, you will need to be quick to stop the ball from falling. There are 100 levels in total, 5 different worlds and three difficulty levels to keep the game challenging.
As your break through the bricks, rewards and power-ups are dislodged and fall towards the bottom of the screen. To “catch” them, you simply need to move the platform in the same way you would to bounce the ball. This can get become quite hard as multiple items fall to the ground at the same time as the ball. If you do happen to miss it, you lose a life. After you lose three lives it’s game over. Points are tallied at the end of each round and coins earned during the levels can be spent in the ‘Magic Shop’ to purchase new power ups to improve your game.
The levels themselves are quite varied in terms of design and provide a lot of unique challenges. The visuals in Enchanted Forest are ok, but could use a little more polish, particularly some work on the fonts that are used throughout the game.
Enchanted Forest is OpenFeint enabled and there are a number of achievements to unlock, including some hidden achievements to keep things interesting. While I enjoyed playing the game, I felt that the all-round difficulty is quite high and the price ($4.99) may be a little too steep for this offering, considering the competitive pricing of similar games on the app store.
Enchanted Forest [iTunes Link] is compatible with iPad only. Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later.