Miriel the Magical Merchant HD [rating: 5/5]
A Time Management Game that sets the Standard for future similar games.
There’s something about touch screens that seem to make time management type games where you have to juggle multiple actions to complete a certain task a perfect fit. Being able to touch directly on the screen feels much more intuitive than managing multiple keystrokes or mouse clicks, as long as it’s implemented correctly of course!
Miriel the Magical Merchant HD is one of these time management games that has been implemented very well and at just $4.99 it’s an absolute steal. Why am I telling you this upfront rather than making you wait till the summary at the end? Well it’s simply because I don’t want you to blame me for you not being able to pick up this game as soon as possible!
If you have played these types of games already then you will find that it most closely resembles the very successful series Diner Dash where your goal is to keep your many, many customers fed and watered without them getting frustrated because if they do you won’t get a decent tip, if any at all!
One of the first things you’ll notice are the beautiful graphics, the game looks great and there are 6 beautiful looking restaurants for you to manage. This game isn’t only about looks though as the graphics are equally complimented with both simple & effective game play and a great storyline.
The great thing about the story line is that while it doesn’t go into a great amount of depth there is enough to engage you in it and want to succeed and rather than being completely linear there are decisions to be made and ultimately, according to the developer, 13 different endings.
As you would expect things start pretty easy with your customers requesting single items before they start demanding items that require you to combine items to make items like bread, apple butter and cheese.
The new products get added as you progress and you get to choose which items you want at each level, this ensures that you have the control of your progression and challenging you with new things at all times. You also get options as to which items in your restaurant you want to upgrade and when.
The rate at which you can upgrade your ingredients and appliances is controlled via the inclusion of a collapse style mini game where clicking on similar groups of icons clears them from the screen. While this may not seem like a natural place for such a game it actually integrates well and breaks up the game play nicely.
Amazingly there are over 60 levels for you to work through which provides multiple hours of play and entertainment for you. What is also nice is the inclusion of real life recipes for you to try out for yourself.
Miriel the Magical Merchant HD works on so many different levels it’s an absolute pleasure to play and has been a refreshing change to find a game that works on so many different levels. As mentioned in the second paragraph if you are looking for a new game that will entertain, engage and is great value for money then look no further than Miriel the Magical Merchant HD.
- Great look game
- Entertaining story line
- 13 possible endings
- None found yet!
Reviewed on an iPad
Price: $4.99 (App Store)
Released:Aug 19, 2010
Size: 47.1 MB
© 2010 10tons Ltd.
Requirements:Compatible with iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later.