Magic Flute by Mozart

Slide to un­lock me, Amadeus

Mac Format - - RATED -

£2.99 De­vel­oper Lab Like, mag­icflute­by­

Works with iPhone, iPod touch, iPad Version 1.2

A puz­zle game based on a Mozart opera doesn’t seem the most ob­vi­ous sub­ject, but per­haps it’s not that dif­fer­ent to mush­room-gob­bling plumbers or hy­per­ac­tive hedge­hogs. You don’t need to be an opera buff to enjoy Magic Flute, but you’ll cer­tainly need your wits about you to suc­ceed.

Al­though it’s billed as a ‘ca­sual puz­zle game’, Magic Flute is rather chal­leng­ing. Sim­ple sliding puzzles give way to con­vo­luted mazes across mul­ti­ple axes, but­ton-con­trolled el­e­va­tors, and char­ac­ter-swap­ping. The range of puzzles is al­most over­whelm­ing, but it makes them sat­is­fy­ing to solve.

If you’re un­fa­mil­iar with opera, you could be dis­ap­pointed by the lack of nar­ra­tive and mu­si­cal de­tail. Though the game might not make the most of its source ma­te­rial, its puzzles are more than in­ter­est­ing enough. Alan Wil­liamson

A wasted adap­ta­tion of an old opera, but still a worth­while take on an old genre.

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