Beautifully crafted gaming environment – check!
Challenging but fun puzzles – check!
Classical music by influential classical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – check!
Wait what? Classical music?
You read it folks! Spatial puzzles placed in beautiful sceneries accompanied by music from Mozart.
Enter the Kingdom of the Queen of the Night
You will primarily play Prince Tamino. The Queen of the Night beseeched you to go on a quest to save and marry her daughter, Princess Pamina. You will have Papageno to aid you in your quest.
At some parts of the game, you will play 2 or all characters. Your goal is to slide tiles and blocks on the board to create paths within a cubic exemplified room to reach the Exit door.
The Magic of the Right Sounds
The aim of this game is to introduce everyone to Mozart’s music as well to as to tell the story of the ‘Music Flute’ opera, which was directed by Amon Miyamoto.
The game developers capitalized well with the use of music and finding the right narrator’s voice. There are no conversations or singing happening in the background while you play the game, but the use of a voice that sounded like a narrator from old Disney animated movies is very well done. The narration and use of rhymes is a melody in itself.
I like classical music for a long time and Mozart’s music is something to behold. I find it very ‘educational’ for this game to capitalize on forgotten pieces of music. It exposes the genre to a market where classical music is considered ‘outdated’ or ‘old. Even when that is true, the timelessness of classical music is not something to forget since we often hear it, we just don’t realize what it was. I’m not saying pop music is inferior to classical music, but timelessness is a factor that not everyone seems to equate to quality in music today. That’s just my opinion, though.
Strategic Planning in tune with ‘Smart’ Sounds
Studies show that listening to classical music helps anyone to work and concentrate. It also helps with studying. It could be for that reason that you can play this game for hours and you wouldn’t find the soundtrack redundant or annoying to hear over and over again. The music isn’t distracting while you slide tiles to get where you need to go despite all the obstacles that come out as you progress through the game.
Strategic planning is needed to advance as obstacles can work your character to a corner if you are not careful. Example, some tiles crack under your weight, there are tiles you can’t move at all. On later stages, 3D blocks are used. Sometimes, creatures like a giant snake add danger to a level.
Despite all this, the game is very relaxing and interesting – at the same time challenging.
A Breathtaking World of Contrasts
The first few levels of Act 1 are very easy being tutorial stages to teach you the controls of the game. Once you hit stage 4, that is where the fun starts. Visuals are breathtaking. The surrounding environment is very well made depending on which part of the story you are already in.
At first, you will be surrounded by a sinister looking forest. Then come the city and warehouse landscape. I find the city scene is not captivating compared to the forest, but it still works its own magic. On the other hand, the tiles and elements inside the room are starkly bright and simple. Others may not find this appealing given the surrounding environment of the stage are detailed and captivating, but I appreciate it. The contrast is a welcome distinction of focus and clarity to the game at hand.
There is Great Replayability
Instead of using stars like other puzzle games, Magic Flute gives “magical notes” from a flute as reward depending on the time spent to exit a stage. I admit I don’t have the best memory in the world, but given how complex some puzzles could be, I doubt anybody could remember all solutions on all stages should they repeat the game again.
Glitches are Negligible
I haven’t finished the game as I write this review, but I have experienced some glitches that are tolerable. The characters sometimes continuously spin around or vibrate for no reason at all. Ladder tiles that supposedly should automatically come up when it detects a floor above it sometimes works otherwise. Worse, I accidentally got the Prince to go up the ladder one time to an invisible floor and I couldn’t get him down. I had to restart the stage.
I find character movements sometimes a bit odd, even when they walk. Somehow, that still adds charm. Some idling animation is fascinating to watch too like when Papageno and Pamina do a little dancing while waiting, or when Tamino takes out his flute to examine it.
If you don’t mind finding some glitches (until the developers fix them), I highly recommend Magic Flute for everyone. It’s a puzzle with the fascinating art direction of operatic ingenuity and creativity. If it isn’t for the glitches, I’d give this a perfect score.
Magic Flute by Mozart Developer: Lab Like
- Best in Show – Gamezebo 2015
- Third Award – Pocket Gamer 2015
- casual puzzle game featuring Mozart’s music and the story of ‘The Magic Flute’ opera.
- Art direction inspired by the Tokyo production and set design, directed by the renowned Amon Miyamoto.
- 32 diverse, fun levels.
- 3 playable characters.
- Beautiful cutscenes.
- Multiple methods of level completion.
- Pay once – play forever! NO ads & NO In App Purchases.