Pick mythic veggies from a magical garden
Author: Jay Feldman
Date: 30 May 2017, tested on ASUS Nexus 7 (2013)
Unusual graphics, really addictive, unusual game play
Could get monotinous, lags a bit
Mandora for Android is cute and a little maddening. But it’s also lots of fun to play and pick vegetables in this weird little garden.
Mandora successfully creates a world unto its own. You are in charge of farming this mythically strange garden. And by the looks of things, what you’re growing appears to be part vegetable, part fantasy creature; not of the scary variety, but more so the cute and cuddly kind. So if kids aren't supposed to play with their food, how then, can they have fun with this game? I’m not sure, but it might actually make them like vegetables.
Basically, your objective is to pick the vegetables as they sprout from the ground, but don’t dilly-dally, because if you take too long they’ll wither and die. Pick them too soon, and you’ll have a premie little veggie. Yup, you can essentially just go haywire, plucking everything from the ground and pretty much have a good time doing that. But adding skill to the equation actually makes the game more fun, so look before you pluck; but pluck fast, cuz time is a-wastin’.
The controls are very good. Just touch the sprout you want to pluck, then swipe upward. The animation is playful and engaging. And if you pluck like mad, there’s cute little viggies flying all over the screen. It’s kind of fun to watch the mayhem. Each round is timed, so move like a mother plucker and get as many as you can, as fast as you can.
The game is fun but gets a little maddening after a while. However, there’s a good selection of power ups and special tidbits that keep things interesting. The game didn’t seem to be a battery killer and I really loved the old fairy tale sort of feel to the animation and presentation.
Mandora is great fun for gamers of all ages. Kids will love the visual overload via mayhem play, and seasoned gamers will appreciate the strategy and skill elements. It’s fun and interesting. Plus the little veggies are just so darn cute.