Mrs Kim (iOS) Review

By Luna Eriksson 05.06.2016

Review for Mrs Kim on iOS

It takes a lot to generate excitement about a new f2p runner and grasp people's attention nowadays. This is something Mrs Kim has managed to do, though, by a great margin, to say the least, thanks to its premise: Kim Jong Un's mother needs to punish her son for his misdeeds! It will surely grab the attention of even the most immune gamers, and the style puts further emphasis on the satirical comedy of said premise. While it is important to catch the eye, it is equally as important to keep engagement levels high, so the question has to be whether Mrs Kim can succeed in doing that or not...

There are so many runner-style affairs nowadays, that it's rare to get genuinely excited and curious about a new release. The market is over-saturated to the point of being beyond control. However, there is something about Mrs Kim - from the people behind Yogiyo Korean sauce - that grabs people's attention the very moment they open it in iStore. Is it the story? Is it the drawing style? Maybe it is both…

The story itself will have worldwide appeal. North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un's mother is upset with him because of all the trouble he has caused (you know, like almost starting a nuclear war and the like...) and she thinks he is in dire need of a good bottom spanking. Kim Jong Un doesn't want that, of course, and starts to run away from his mother, who is now hunting him throughout the land.

This, mixed with the manhwa-inspired artwork style, gives a specific personality. Presentation is king in today's f2p industry, and Mrs Kim plays on that exceptionally. Few who see this in their AppStore will be able to avoid being curious about what to expect, eventually downloading it. After that point, however, the title needs to deliver to obtain consumers in the long run.

Screenshot for Mrs Kim on iOS

The gameplay in Mrs Kim is surprisingly well-made. The developer could have easily made a half-baked release and still made a huge profit in this case. Therefore, it is wonderful to see just how polished some parts of the gameplay are, like the good and stable increase of the difficulty of the obstacles over time, and the well-calculated frequency of power-ups (temporary invincibility, obstacle-clearing shout, and so on). This mix helps to really make the action addictive and lead to that all-important desire for "one last try."

While the gameplay is fundamentally good, there are some technical problems and glitches found. None of them are too major, though, but it is worth mentioning that sometimes Mrs Kim does not run as smoothly as desired, sometimes twitching several seconds of gameplay, sometimes causing cheap deaths. This is a rare issue, however, which shouldn't affect proceedings too much and it might very well get fixed in a later update as the game has only just been released, at the time of writing.

Despite these issues, Mrs Kim is still a title that is easy to recommend trying out for fans of the genre as the gameplay is very strong and well designed considering everything from obstacles to power-up frequency. While the developer could have taken the easy road here and still make a great profit, it is good that it didn't, as the result turned out to be marvellous.

Screenshot for Mrs Kim on iOS

Cubed3 Rating

7/10
Rated 7 out of 10

Very Good - Bronze Award

Rated 7 out of 10

Mrs Kim is a very strong iOS title that will hopefully keep growing over time. It both succeeds to pull in players with its controversial premise, and manages to keep gamers hooked with its wonderful gameplay, despite it at times being a little glitched. It is a title that is easy to recommend to players looking for a new F2P runner to play on their phone, and it is a title that those who would be interested in it will have a hard time overlooking it.

Developer

Yogiyo

Publisher

Yogiyo

Genre

2D Platformer

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  7/10

Reader Score

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