Squash the Mice, Save the Tower with Cheese & Mouse

Price: $.99     Score: 7/10     By A. PapachristosCheese & Mouse - Nate Games

While pet lovers may consider mice sweet and adorable, many find them to be a household nuisance.  Those not kept in a cage, but those roaming wild, infiltrate your house in search for shelter, instigating shrieks and screams from anyone who encounters the unexpected rodent.  In Cheese & Mouse by Nate Games, users must eradicate such bothersome mice before they devour the growing cheese tower.

Starting with an animated introductory screen, simply tap to reveal the main menu, which features the Start Game, Option, Help and More Games buttons.  (Users will also notice that they can connect with Game Center.)  With the Help button, users will find a screen that labels each quantity and icon on the play screen.

Users will first encounter small mice that eat the cheese tower, popping up here and there.  Simply tap them to remove these pests.  As the tower grows, a new, fatter type of mouse will begin to pop out, requiring a double tap to eliminate them.  The tower’s growth also results in more mice popping up more frequently.  Climb even higher and you will encounter even crazier mice that must actually be plucked from the cheese with a swipe to remove them.

As you eliminate mice, they will drop coins for you to collect and use to buy helpful items in the store when the icon appears every now and then.  Collecting the occasional heart will increase your life span and aid your plight to build the highest cheese tower possible.  First-aid kits will regenerate your health, bombs will kill every mouse on the screen, and hourglasses will slow the mice to a more manageable pop-up rate.

Cheese & Mouse becomes fast-paced rather quickly, turning the game into a crazed, virtual sort of Whack-A-Mole.  Though you know the aim of the game is to build the tallest cheese tower you can, taking out any pest that gets in your way, you play the game without really knowing exactly how tall that cheese tower can climb.  And with the frantic pace that escalates much to quickly, you may subconsciously start messing up just so the game will finally come to an end.  The games certainly starts off fun, but soon becomes tedious – something much more enjoyable if only experienced in small chunks.

Cheese & Mouse [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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