Day 189: Mirror

Posted: 2011/05/17 in Indie Games

I’m purchasing an Xbox Live Indie Game (XBLIG) every day, seeking out the quality titles that got lost in the shuffle and are not well represented in the top 50 lists on the Xbox Dashboard. Today is day #189, and today’s game is “Mirror”.

I’m a big believer that if you’re going to complain when someone does something wrong, that you should be just as quick to herald them when they do something right. Today’s game is Mirror, and it’s a great game from a company not known for great games: Silver Dollar Games, a company better known for titillating titles and games like “Try Not to Fart” than it is triple-A games. But that doesn’t take away from them that they produced the fantastic game “Blow”, which I reviewed and absolutely loved on Day 122. Mirror is, in my estimation, their other good game (out of 45 games). I’m happy to give them a financial incentive to produce better games and was happy to pick up Mirror today for this review.

First, from the developer (David Flook/Silver Dollar Games):

“Discover the world of iterated function systems in this game/gallery combo. Mirrors and Nodes are placed in each level. You must guess the position of the Nodes when reflected across the Mirrors. With multiple Mirrors, Nodes are reflected across all Mirrors in numerical order. Score is based on accuracy. Meet each Level’s score goal to unlock new art.”

Each level of Mirror has nodes and mirrors, and you must guess the position of each reflection. It’s simple enough at first, but becomes progressively more challenging over time as the numbers of mirrors and nodes increases. Occasional animated backgrounds further increase the challenge.

The challenge never seems entirely out of reach though, which is the hallmark of a good puzzle game. It’s something that you can come back to time and time again to try to clear just one more level. For 80 Microsoft Points, Mirror really is a fantastic game with a good level of challenge in the later levels to make sure you don’t burn through the game in just a couple of days. There’s real value for the dollar here, silver or otherwise.

Click here to download “Mirror”, and then please come back after playing to rate the game.

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