Mermaid World is a free-to-play simulation game from developer Crowdstar Inc. where the primary focus is on developing a luscious underwater domain for your mermaids to flourish. Seeking out additional mermaids is another key goal of this app and they represent your key source of income as well as your primary means of obtaining new treasure and experience. This review will examine Mermaid World and determine if it is the simulation app for mermaid fans and those seeking a unique underwater “building” game experience
***December 27th 2012 – Review was re-evaluated based on improvements from stability and smoother graphics/performance. Like bug reports, we’ve also lost a good deal of mermaids during updates, if the stability of the next update causes the same problem it will be re-evaluated.
****January 2nd 2013 – Review updated because the new update fixed glitches and problems we were experiencing.
Mermaid World Gameplay
Most of the gameplay in Mermaid World is done through an aquarium style view of your underwater realm and it begins empty and only with a single mermaid; however, it will grow once you seek out additional ones as well as add treasure and decorative pieces such as seaweed and other assorted plant life. As previously mentioned, in order to grow your underwater Mermaid World, you need to attract a wide variety of mermaids to generate income (gold coins, which fill up your treasure chests and need to be emptied periodically). This is accomplished by getting your current mermaids to sing and the specific mermaid that they attract to your realm is heavily based on their element type. The lower level mermaids only represent a single type; however, the higher level ones contain 2 or even 3 traits, which allow for a more diverse underwater experience.
In addition, the characters in Mermaid World have personalities as well, with their own favourite trinket (used to decorate your realm) and their favourite mermaid as well as their most hated one. This element adds a certain amount of complexity over simply just collecting mermaids endlessly and forces the player to consider where to place new mermaids once he/she begins unlocking additional underwater realms for the gamer to manage. All of this affects the mermaid’s happiness rating, which is extremely important in Mermaid World because if it falls too low then mermaids are highly likely to leave the player’s realm in search of greener pastures.
The economy in the game revolves around the aforementioned gold coins as well as pearls, which are acquired upon every level up as well as through rewards that obtained for completing certain quests in the game. Due to Mermaid World being a free-to-play game there are in-app purchasing options as well in order to obtain more coins and pearls. These can be used to speed up the core game mechanics in Mermaid World (i.e. purchasing trinkets to increase mermaid’s happiness or acquiring new mermaids at a much quicker rate).
Overall, the gameplay of Mermaid World is easy to understand and the mechanics of the game do not force players to spend money through in-app purchases (unless the gamer is extremely impatient) and the moderate pace of the game suits the calm and serene atmosphere of the app.
Mermaid World Graphics
As with many simulation games, the graphics suit the atmosphere of the application with no glitches or bugs of any kind. All of the mermaid’s animations (heavily cartoon based) were good and the underwater backdrop is very well done and suitable for Mermaid World. The graphics overall are impressive and will not disappoint this game’s primary target audience.
Mermaid World Sounds
The music of Mermaid World is a relatively standard affair with a single calm track that attempts to immerse you in the calm serene underwater environment and it does a solid job in that respect. The issue however, is that there is only one track, which the player will be hearing most of the time (which repeats). There is another soundtrack that plays when you assign mermaids to sing (used to attract new mermaids to your realms); however, this only plays on the call mermaid screen and only when there is at least one active mermaid singing. Overall, the music is solid; however, Mermaid World needs a little variety in the soundtrack department to prevent the audio from getting stale and fully maintaining the interest of today’s fickle mobile gamers.
Mermaid World Round-up
Overall, Mermaid World is a very good addition to the simulation mobile game genre. The major emphasis on collecting a wide variety of mermaids in a number of realms in enticing for those interested and the mechanics while they might welcome in-app purchases do not hinder players that seek to forego spending real money on in game items. The decorations and mermaid trinkets are diverse and add another promising element to spice up desire for Mermaid World’s target audience. The user interface is simple and doesn’t get in the way of enjoying the game and there even social media tools integrated into the game (such as capturing a screenshot and seamlessly sharing the image on Facebook without leaving the app. Overall, it is a very good game and only the lack of variety in the soundtrack mar what is otherwise an impeccable experience.
Bottom line: If you like Fish with Attitude, you should check this game out.
Mermaid World Screenshots
The new iPad Screenshots
Overview of Rating
Please be advised that due to the nature of apps and games, ratings will change according to the updates. If the game makes a large change, it will be re-rated accordingly.