With parallels to
the original and awesome XBox 360 game, Mirror's Edge on the
iPad is a whole new gaming experience that is more about timing and
rhythm as opposed to the frustration which unfortunately plagued the
higher end console to some extent.
In Mirror's Edge on
the iPad, gamers play the role of Faith, a nubile and
attractive young lady who takes the art of Parkour to a whole new
extreme level as she jumps, rolls and kicks her way to victory.
Unfortunately in this future world, society is controlled by a
totalitarian government who frown upon those who do not conform.
This government also
uses undue force to keep its citizens under control but thankfully
there is a small resistance who oppose them. This is where Faith
comes into the picture, a courier who has been hired to transport
secret information throughout the city in order undermine the
government as you race against the clock, jumping across buildings,
running up walls as you use the innovative functionality of the
As opposed to the first person shooter style of the original game,
Mirror's Edge on the iPad is side scrolling arcade platform game
that actually works quite well with this premise. The control system
of the game is simplicity at its best as you swipe up to jump or
swipe down to duck and slide. By swiping more, it forces Faith to
jump further and some levels require you to tilt the iPad in order
to gain more speed or to retain your balance.
navigating the environment, you also need to fight a variety of
police/government foes which requires some timing as you knock them
over via kicks or slides with a touch of Matrix bullet time thrown
into the mix. Thankfully the gameplay starts quite slow and there is
a great tutorial in the initial parts of the game to teach you the
ins and outs. Then you have helicopters who try to shoot you down.
If you do happen to die, there are plenty of checkpoints to restart
and as you progress, some levels do become quite tricky such as
double jumps up walls and the like... frustration also plays a part
of the iPad version, albeit a healthy one.
Once you have
completed the single-player game or require a breather, there are
some fun multiplayer modes that include Race and Rivals. Race
basically forces you and a friend through a particular environment
and you need to beat the other person's time, whereas Rivals
requires you to find hidden items in the environment in a first in
best dressed type of fair. It's fun but not as entertaining as the
single-player mode. And then add the ability to play with another
person using one iPad and that's a pretty cool game for a long
Graphically, Mirror's Edge is a great looking game on the iPad with
some very well made environments... city looks fantastic. Faith is
well animated and is quite realistic at times as she rolls, jumps
and takes out her enemies. There is a real sense of vertigo as you
race atop roof tops which actually makes you feel like you are high
above the city. The soundtrack is a little lacklustre as are the
sound effects but fortunately the gameplay and graphics more than
makes up for this.
In the end, Mirror's Edge is a addictive arcade romp as you roll,
jump and tilt your iPad as you get drawn into the intuitive and fun
gameplay. It's a perfectly designed game from the bottom up with
impressive graphics and if EA continues to create games like this,
than iPad users are in for a whole world of entertainment.