Version Reviewed: 1.0.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
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Cheese Please is a puzzle game with a daredevil mouse and decent replay value considering all of the stats kept for each level (think Portal). While Cheese Please wouldn’t rank among my favorite puzzle games, it’s definitely a well-made and cutely themed game.
Gameplay consists of Lola, the mouse equivalent of an adrenaline junky, moving about levels to pick up pieces of cheese. Apparently, Lola will go to any lengths to get this cheese including being shocked, hit by a wall of spikes, or just trapped. Various items are important to keep track of in each level. I would equate the pieces of cheese to stars in Angry Birds. It isn’t necessary to collect all four pieces (just the final one), but players will be driven to go back and finish levels perfectly. Levels are also timed and the amount of steps counted. Both items that will likely drive players to go back and replay the levels.
I’m going to call Cheese Please a turn-based strategy puzzle game. Why all of the descriptors? GAMEVIL describes the game as a “strategic puzzle game of survival.” It’s strategic because moves, like chess, need to be planned out in advance. And the fact that it’s a puzzle game isn’t in question. But I find the “turn-based” to be important. There are moving parts on the puzzle board that move based on “turn.” When the player makes a move, hazards move either before or after the mouse takes her turn. This adds a unique element that enhances the excitement of Cheese Please over other puzzle games that may feel slow-paced. Cheese Please isn’t fast-paced. Players can take as much time as they would like to make each move. But the moving hazards add a feeling that picks up the pace.
I had a quite annoying problem as I was playing this game. Nearly every time I started up the app and randomly throughout gameplay, an error message popped up informing me that the game wasn’t recognized by Game Center (screenshot in the gallery below). I attempted a few solutions to resolve the issue like signing in and out of my Game Center account, restarting my iPhone, and manually closing out the app and reopening it. No solution worked. It seems to be a bug in the app. The game was still playable. Just hit “OK.”
Any interested puzzler should take a bite at Cheese Please. But it’s no must-have app for any gamer.