Developer: SpinVector
Price: $0.99
Version: 1.0
App Reviewed on: iPad 2

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★½
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★★½

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Mice really don’t like cheese, but for some reason the cartoon versions find it to be quite delicious. SpinVector uses this notion in their game From Cheese. It’s a maze-style puzzler that’s all about helping a hungry mouse navigate his way to cheese by sniffing the air.

This little mouse can find his way to cheese when the smell drifts his way, but the problem is that the smell is blocked by sophisticated mazes and obstacles. The objective in this game is for players to draw a scent path with their finger from the cheese and around obstacles to the mouse.

Drawing a scent path may seem easy at first, but the challenge is getting there without being captured by a pesky cat, shut out by a trap door or caught by a variety of predators and obstacles. After the cheese aroma is quickly drawn to the mouse, gamers must tap on the play button to see if the rodent can make his way to the cheese successfully.

Completing a maze earns up to three stars. These stars are used to unlock the 48 mind-twisting levels. While earning stars gives players a decent amount of replay value, gamers can also go back and try to beat the goal time. Getting to the cheese faster than the goal time earns players a gold clock.

Mazes get more complex as players advance, which is where things gets interesting. It can get difficult navigating the mazes without making a mistake. When gamers are forced to start over, they must drag the cheese smell meter at the bottom so that it is full again, since it depletes as the scent path is drawn.

There are only a couple minor quibbles I noticed while playing. One downfall is that as the levels get harder, there aren’t any hints to help players along the way. It would be nice to get a little help when needed. The other is that there aren’t any Game Center or in-game achievements to earn, although there is a Game Center leaderboard. Neither of these issues distract from the gameplay too much, but they would help improve it.

From the bright and polished mazes to the cleverly crafted gameplay, From Cheese is a steal at $0.99. There’s plenty of reverse-logic puzzles to keep gamers on their toes, and the extra replay value is a nice bonus. Ultimately, it’s worth adding to the gaming library for those looking for something casual and refreshing to play.

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