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House of Mice Review

By Andrew Nesvadba, on May 30, 2011


Rating

PROS

  • Fun and simple puzzle gameplay.
  • Clever variety of challenges; based on how many stars you want to clear.
  • Game Center support to compete for high scores.
  • Cute cartoon visuals.

CONS

  • Aiming can be frustrating; decent detection, but occasionally misses its mark.

VERDICT

I'm still not quite sure why mice came to the conclusion that kamikaze tactics were the best idea, but House of Mice makes blowing up rodents and felines alike a fun challenge.


  • Full Review

Have you ever wondered what M.A.D. Cat from Inspector Gadget does in his spare time? Other than being petted by Dr. Claw that is. It seems he gets up to trouble with the local mice who have come to the conclusion that they can defeat their feline foe by rolling up and exploding like miniature bombs. In House of Mice by Delusion Studio you'll need to direct these furry packages of doom towards the smug cat that taunts them from afar.

Ok, so it's not actually M.A.D. Cat, but more of a cross-breed with a hint of Cheshire Cat, but the end result is a cat with a grin that makes you want to slap it off its face. It's great motivation for flinging the mice in your care around the level with a flick, directing them around hazards and in to barriers to finally blow up their target. Despite being intuitive, aiming with a flick can be a bit haphazard, resulting in some shots taking a marginally different direction, ruining an otherwise perfect run.

Much like other recent physics puzzle titles, the difficulty of each level is determined by how willing you are to collect the stars scattered around it. Aiming for three stars will require the correct order of explosions along with perfect timing and aiming, making it far more challenging than simply going straight for the goal.

Multiple areas complete with unique challenges break up the game neatly, raising the bar ever so slightly to keep things interesting. Given the rather classic cartoon trope of 'cat and mouse' it's no surprise to see the game using a cartoonish style, and the visuals are crisp, clean and vivid, with neat animation touches like the cat becoming visibly scared when the mice-bombs roll by.

Ultimately House of Mice is yet another game in the Cut The Rope vein of puzzle titles, which is great for those after a new cute game to burn up some free time.

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