I played and previewed Mirror’s Edge on the iPhone
ages ago, but for some reason it was an iPad exclusive for ages after that. It’s only just been released on the iPhone recently and, interestingly, while the iPhone version is exactly the same as the iPad one, it also manages to be a better game. I’ve played Mirror’s Edge
on both platforms and it’s the smaller of the two which is best.
It’s mainly because of the type of game that Mirror’s Edge
is. Like Super Quick Hook
it’s a fast-paced racer with exploration elements as you search for secrets and new paths through the levels. The levels are short and slick, flying by in a matter of minutes. It’s a game for filling train journeys, not for keeping your hands busy while you watch TV.
It’s an important and often glossed-over distinction, I think. The iPad is
good for laying on your lap and playing slow games that don’t require constant attention. The iPhone is useful for when you need something to fill the uncomfortable silence in a moving lift full of strangers. The iPad is for Scrabble
; the iPhone for Hook Champ
and Mirror’s Edge