What is it?
You are Munin, a raven messenger for Odin. Or at least you were before Loki stole your feathers and transformed you into a mortal girl.
Now, you must travel through 81 levels across 9 worlds of Yggdrasil to collect all of your feathers and regain your true form.
How does it work?
With a tap, you rotate parts of each level to gain access to other areas, and to manipulate the environment in many ways. One world is made up of ice and water, and you’ll have to make pools to reach otherwise inaccessible areas. Another world has moving platforms which you activate by dropping a power source into the right socket. There’s also a world with boulders and lava, and you’ll have to move quickly to avoid getting run over.
Sometimes a level seemed impossible until I rotated the areas just so and saw how they fit together perfectly. Some of it is trial and error, since Munim doesn’t give you much guidance on exactly how everything works. Not that it’s a bad thing, though; I liked figuring it out on my own.
It is possible to die in Munin, and you’ll have to restart the level from the beginning; I would prefer if you were brought to where you were just before you died, as it’s aggravating to have to redo the entire level over and over again. However, each level only takes a few minutes to complete, so it’s not a huge inconvenience.
Controls are simple with a virtual control pad and a button for jumping. However the controls are right on top of areas you tap to rotate, so if your finger slips just a little bit you could end up rotating an area instead of jumping or climbing up a ladder. This wouldn’t be a problem except some levels require you to have good timing to move out of danger. It’s not impossible with the virtual controls, they just make it a bit more difficult.
Is it contagious?
Munin combines platformer elements with challenging puzzles to make a creative and fun game. While the gameplay doesn’t change beyond rotating areas and collecting feathers, the variety of environmental objects you control—water, lava, boulders—removes a lot of the repetitiveness.
If you want a unique and fun puzzle game, Munin is well worth the price. The same goes for the OS X version.