Developer: Venvision
Price: $1.99
Version Reviewed: 1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4

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

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Hey look, it’s another time management game. No, wait, don’t run! Mister Miguel’s is quite fun for what it is, even if it could do with a bit of polish.

We all know the drill by now. You have to keep track of orders of some description and must fulfil them within a set time limit or everything goes a bit wrong. This time round it’s Mexican food. Mister Miguel’s sadly isn’t as complicated as some time management sims so all you must do is place the right food on the plate as fast as possible. Predictably this starts out very easy and quickly gets more and more frantic. It’s actually frantic enough that after a particularly furious bout with it, I felt my eyes go a tiny bit crosseyed after concentrating so hard. It’s quite fun though in a mindless sort of way. There’s the humorous element of Mister Miguel himself getting increasingly irate at your inability to keep up with a ridiculous quantity of orders. Inevitably you’ll fail after 5 or so minutes and then the highscore goes to the Game Center based leaderboard, and you start all over again.

It’s a shame that there are no levels to Mister Miguel’s, you just play the same thing over and over again but it is still quite fun. A series of Game Center achievements can be unlocked too which is always an enjoyable pastime. Plus the background music is catchy with a Latin beat.

It’s all quite run of the mill with Mister Miguel really. It’s perfectly respectable and you can certainly garner some fun from it but at $1.99, it does feel a little overpriced. If there was more structure to the game it’d be really rather compelling. As it stands though, it’s an ok way to spend some time but there are better ways of spending your precious dollars.

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