Miniverse review (iPad)

July 10, 2014

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10 word description: Space themed puzzler – evacuate humanoids via spaceship before planets explode.

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10 word review: Tough game, the challenge being mostly control method vs countdowns.

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You will like this if you enjoy: Increasingly complex tasks that become brutally difficult due to time constraints. Space games where you save people instead of just blowing everything up.

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The good news: In its favour, Miniverse is a different kind of iOS game that doesn’t jump on any particular bandwagon or slavishly follow the concept or mechanics of popular genres.  The puzzle concept of evacuating people from exploding planets in small, self-contained universes is very good and feels genuinely fresh. Visually it’s quite pretty, with an almost vector graphics feel, as if someone hacked Tempest or Asteroids and added some pseudo-3D effects.

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The bad news: The controls were making me want to chainsaw my iPad by level 8; once the countdown timers on the exploding planets begin to appear, the shortcomings of the control method become apparent.

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Arcadelife verdict: Puzzle games can be challenging for two basic reasons: 1 – The puzzles are challenging. 2 – Time limits are applied which make straightforward tasks challenging. Miniverse falls mostly into the second category. If you’re a fan of time limits and the associated memorisation, patience, level repetition and, in this case, mastery of a fairly tricky control method, you will probably fall madly in love with Miniverse. If time limits tend to make you cry, rage or shrug indifferently, it probably isn’t the game for you. As you get the first pack of levels for free, there’s no reason not to try Miniverse out if the concept appeals to you.

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Whether or not being different is enough to make a mark on the app store these days, this game is one of the best efforts yet to attempt to find out.

Arcadelife rating

Presentation – 8/10
Visuals – 7.5/10
Controls – 5/10
Content – 8/10
Fun – 6.5/10
Final rating – 7/10


Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.21
iTunes link

Miniverse.com website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPad (iOS 7.1.2)
This review was typed on a Das Keyboard Model S mechanical keyboard – check them out, they’re really rather groovy.

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