Magic Flute by Mozart
Slide to unlock me, Amadeus
£2.99 Developer Lab Like, magicflutebymozart.com
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.