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Mirror's Edge was already available for iPad, but now makes its debut on the iPhone as probably the best of the running/escaping genre on iOS devices.

Mirror's Edge was already available for iPad, but it now makes its debut on the iPhone as probably the best of the running/escaping genre on iOS devices. Based on the popular 3D first-person running game for consoles and desktop computers, Mirror's Edge for iPhone manages to keep the overall aesthetic of the 3D versions, but with a side-scrolling 2D (2.5D?) variation. Even with the lack of first-person views, Mirror's Edge for iPhone manages to be very fun and visually intense (especially on the iPhone 4's Retina Display) as you run through increasingly challenging levels with unique puzzles that revolve around one goal: speed. Part of the object of the game is to complete levels as fast as possible, but that's not the only reason you're running.

You play as Faith, a messenger who's part of a network of "runners" who deliver information while trying avoid the watchful eyes of the authorities. Your rebel status puts you in the line of enemy fire from government soldiers, but with the unique swiping game mechanic, you'll often take enemies down without the need to fire a single bullet. Each level presents you with new challenges as you'll slide down walls, swing from poles, jump over obstacles, and take down the aforementioned soldiers. Cut scenes in between levels slowly uncover a story of intrigue, high-powered bad guys, and Faith's role in bringing down the corrupt system.

What's particularly amazing about the side-scrolling version of Mirror's Edge is the number of unique and cool-looking moves you can do with a simple swipe of your finger. You can swipe up to jump and scale walls, or swipe down to slide under obstacles, or swipe sideways to move from pole to pole high above the ground. Each move is almost completely seamless (once you've learned the ropes) as you work your way past obstacles to get to your goal. Once you've finished the main story line, you can still go back and repeat levels to go for the best time or to grab all the collectibles for specific levels.

Overall, whether you liked the original 3D Mirror's Edge or like to play escape-type games, the iPhone version offers smooth graphics, seamless controls, and an intriguing story line as you run for freedom. I highly recommend this well-made game to those who haven't tried it.

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