Mirror's Edge iPhone Review: Free As A BirdS

Mirror's Edge on iPhone may be a completely different game to its console and PC sibling, but it still shares all of its joys (and all of its flaws).

Already out on iPad, Mirror's Edge has recently been released on the iPhone, specifically to take advantage of the increased resolution of Apple's new iPhone 4. Sadly some of the iPad version's more notable inclusions - like multiplayer - have been cut, but the core story and speed run modes remain.

Loved

Gotta Keep Runnin' - You ever play Canabalt? This is a little like that, as you'll mostly be guiding star Faith as she runs from left to right across the screen. Instead of forcing a clumsy d-pad control system on the game, EA has wisely decided that a 2D game about running only needs a few elegant commands, all of which - movement and combat - involve a simple swipe of the screen. It's fast, easy to use and responsive, three things you don't often see in action games on the iPhone.

Show Off - Mirror's Edge looks great on an iPhone 3G or 3GS, but on an iPhone 4 or a new Touch - with their ultra-crisp "retina" displays - the game looks better than you'd think the machines were capable of. Textures are crisp, colours pop off the screen, and while we're sure games will come along in the future that will look better, today, this is the game to show off your new iPhone 4 or iPod Touch.

Hated

Indoors, Bad - How funny that the one thing that let down the main Mirror's Edge - clumsy indoor sequences - are the same things that mar this version, a range of underground and office levels (and even some scaffolding sequences in the outdoor stages) proving too confined for Faith's large jumps and slides.

Mirror's Edge on iPhone is a great portable title, which makes the most of the strengths of the platform and also makes for a nice nightcap for fans of the game on console or PC, as it's an all-new title with the same city, same characters and even the same soundtrack.

Perhaps the only thing to be cautious of aside from the point raised above is that, sans the multiplayer, this is a short game - you can finish it in half an hour - so it's really aimed more at Mirror's Edge fans and those wanting something to show off their new hardware.

Mirror's Edge was developed and published by Electronic Arts, released on the App Store on September 2. Sells for $5. Purchased copy myself for review purposes. Completed story mode and all speed run stages.

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