Mouse Island was a peaceful place. It was a joyous place. A place of hope and happiness. Until Captain Cat stole the Big Cheese that is. Yep, seriously. As a mouse you must negotiate the numerous levels, infested with stinging, spiky bees, magic pegs that you can swing from, and bouncy birds to, well, bounce on while trying to rescue the cheese from Captain Cat at the end of each level. Honestly, it’s better than it sounds.
Put simply, Bouncy Mouse is a sublime mix of Cut The Rope and Angry Birds. See? Sounds better already doesn’t it? You catapult your mouse through the air with the aim of making it all the way to Captain Cat’s hiding place. Now that’s not a task that’s going to be completed in one single leap, mind, so you’ll have to plan each launch to maximise your travel and to land mousey safe and sound on one of the handy magic pegs littered throughout each level. Each peg allows your mouse to swing from it (this it the Cut The Rope bit in case you were wondering) and catapult further into the level. Sounds easy, huh? It’s not.
While the gloriously named Munkadoo Games has got the gameplay bang on, the level of difficulty is rather more challenging. Hardened gamers will no doubt laugh in the face of the challenge, but it’s no mean feat to get through the first chapter and the third will remain a distant dream for many of us unless you’re prepared to put some serious time into Bouncy Mouse.
Thankfully, that’s not too much of a pain, since BM is ridiculously addictive and doesn’t so much invite hours of play as coax you into gaming servitude for indeterminate periods of time. Sure, it doesn’t quite have AB or Cut The Rope’s polish, but it really is a very good game and the fact that we even entertain those comparisons should give you some idea of just how good ‘very good’ is.
It does have a thoroughly crap name, however, so we’ll dock points for that, and it gets so deliriously difficult so quickly that we can’t help but think that actually being able to set the difficulty before you dive in might help.
Bouncy Mouse is available from Android Market for free but a 99p in-app purchase will rid you of pesky ads.
The Bottom Line
Accomplished, cheese-based platformer that borrows from classics like Angry Birds and Cut The Rope but still manages to bring something original to the party.
Version reviewed 1.062
Requires Android 2.2 or higher