Mirror Mirror: iPhone Written App Review
Between the feature films and TV series, it’s a good time to be Snow White. If you can’t get enough of this classic fairy tale with its pale heroine, evil queen and seven dwarfs, the new Mirror Mirror: The Untold Adventures iPhone app from Jump Games is just what Doc ordered. On the flip side, if you’re after a well-made adventure game, you’ve also come to the right place. This app is the best of both worlds. Let’s see how it holds up to The iPhone App Review critique.
Concept & Gameplay:
To be fair, Mirror Mirror is definitely jumping on the Snow White band wagon. It’s not the first entertainment venue to feature this plucky princess, and I doubt it will be the last. However, I do appreciate the effort that went into creating an action title. Anyone who loves a little gem collecting, trap avoiding and platform jumping will love this game. The action is undeniably fun, and really well executed, with levels that switch direction to keep it fresh.
In Mirror Mirror, you control Snow White as she embarks on a journey to free her seven loyal friends from the clutches of the evil queen. The game is intelligently designed with plenty of challenges for new players. You won’t be sweeping through levels without a care in the world. This game definitely calls for some skills, so, again, hard core mobile gamers, don’t pass this title up just because it’s based on a fairy tale. Mirror Mirror seriously delivers, with tons of variety.
Layout & Design:
I mentioned it briefly, but it’s worth revisiting how Mirror Mirror manages to create a three dimensional game place by switching direction as you progress through each level. It’s a really smart way to keep things interesting without going whole hog on the 3D. Also, there are plenty of levels, eight to be exact, with a lot of variety and high quality graphics throughout. My favorite is the queen’s castle, which is truly a visual delight.
The app even sets you up in style, with a brief animated intro that’s very well crafted. On screen controls consist of a jump button, an interact key and two directional arrows. I did find myself wishing for a joystick for motion at some points, especially when you consider how crowded the screen gets on an iPhone. Mirror Mirror plays quite well on the iPad as well, and I’m especially fond of how it makes use of the screen for added clarity.
At just $.99, Mirror Mirror is a steal. Don’t worry, it’s not a trick. This game delivers solid fun, plenty of variety and some great graphics at a price that’s more like a steal. You won’t even have to bite a poisoned apple to get it. So if you’ve been looking for a way to indulge your fairy tale obsession, or you’re just in the market for a fun, new game that doesn’t baby its players, Mirror Mirror is definitely a title to check.
Mirror Mirror iPhone app requires iOS 3.1.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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