Price: $ .99
Game Radiator’s first release is an iPhone app entitles Mouse Bros which offers 40 levels of rock-solid arcade gaming that’s designed to be let loose in quick spurts. Our iPhone app review found that this iPhone app is perfect for killing a few minutes in the queue, but it’s equally as good for extended play. The price is right, and the game concept is truly entertaining.
Concept and Functionality
In Mouse Bros, users play as a mouse-keteer duo in pursuit of fresh food. There’s a larger mouse that moves side to side as the player tilts the iPhone, while the smaller mouse sits in his older brother’s basket, bouncing to the heavens to grab the food that appears there.
Along the top of the screen, food descends from hooks, as if aliens are fishing for mice. By tilting and tapping to control the mousy duo, players must collect a set number of food items before they’re passed on to the next level.
It’s a solid concept, and one that can be quite challenging. Players will not only have to navigate the app’s basic controls, but learn to avoid various obstacles, utilize jumping pads, and collect multiple food items in a single swoop. There’s no penalty for behaving badly, other than the inability to continue to the next level, but with both Game Center and Open Feint integration, the desire to best the Globe’s best scores is heftily present. For achievement hounds like me, the game also comes with 22 unlockable trophies, adding yet another layer of replay value to the title.
Mouse Bros can become a bit repetitive over time, however. This has been offset by a variety of backgrounds, as well as a wealth of interesting gameplay elements, but after 40 levels of mouse bouncing, the concept becomes a bit stale. The developers intended Mouse Bros as a quick time killer in the queue, and that’s perhaps where it’s best played: Only for a few minutes when time is available, and entertainment is low elsewhere.
Graphics and Design
The game itself looks fantastic on the iPhone. The animations are cute, and the sprites look lively as they bounce around the screen. I particularly enjoyed the wide variety of food items that drop from the heavens to the ground below. Likewise, I also appreciated that both Open Feint and Game Center are present: The combination of both will please fans of each service, as well as adding an extra competitive layer to the title.
With 40 levels and a unique game concept, Mouse Bros is certainly worth the dollar it will cost you in the App Store. If you’re looking for a quick way to kill time during the morning commute, Game Radiator’s premier title is a great way to do so, and it won’t break the bank either.
Mouse Bros requires iOS 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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