Reflection Connection review (iPad)

June 29, 2011

“Mirror, mirror split in two
Look at me – who are you?”

10 word description: Casual puzzler. Strategically place mirrors to reflect beams of light.

10 word review: Great basic concept, missing some kind of campaign mode. Entertaining.

Light can reflect from either side of the mirror - do this for higher scores...

You will like this if you enjoy: Elements of games such as The Incredible Machine, Enigmo, etc. if only because they seem to use the same tiny, failing part of my brain.

PISL - I played this 4x4 board a thousand times and that's the closest I ever came to a swear word

The good news: Looks good, basic game mechanic is well conceived and nicely implemented. Score is based on strategic placement as well as speed.

Randomly plonking mirrors down is often the least successful strategy

The bad news: I think it could do with a campaign mode. The basic game lets you pick a board size and play, then do it again. And again. It isn’t being pushed as an arcade high-scoring game, but beating your own score is the only real achievement to be had. The largest board sizes end up being slightly silly, as the dozens of icons around the edge are hard to tell apart and the board itself quickly becomes a bit of a tangled mess.

You will try the largest board size once, because it's there, and probably never go back to it

Arcadelife verdict: The basic game concept is very good. It’s simple to understand but challenging to beat, fairly satisfying when you do! I think some kind of campaign mode is essential and should be very simple to implement. Overall, it’s great to see games like this coming out on the iPad and I hope this one develops into something special. The overall score reflects (ouch, sorry) what I feel is missing. If there was a campaign mode, the score would be up in the high 80s, maybe the 90s.

Arcadelife rating: 70/100

Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0
iTunes link

Pixani / Reflection Connection website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
iPad (OS 4.3.3)

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