Atlantis – Legend of the Mermaids is a fun platformer game for the iPhone and iPod Touch that would only be better if the controls had another overhaul. In animated comic form we are introduced to harpoon wheeling Aquaman look alike who has received an email from a pair of busty young mermaids who are in desperate need of saving. Once you are actually getting into the options of Atlantis – Legend of the Mermaids you have a couple different gameplay set ups, such as the Story Mode and Survival. Story Mode is the center of all platformer games and Survival usually just tries to milk the popularity of the first.
This is just as true in Atlantis – Legend of the Mermaids as it ever was, so really it reels like one standard mode. You have a number of different things to look for on your display, not to mention the somewhat complicated control set up. You move about on a wheel that does not seem to look or act like one. This is doable in most situations, but become unreasonably difficult at times. This ads an element of challenge to Atlantis – Legend of the Mermaids that is not based in game design and instead a noticeable flaw. At the same time have to watch out for an oxygen bar on top of your normal health bar, which requires you to swim at a consistent pace.
All of this is fine, but since Atlantis – Legend of the Mermaids is already a simple platformer it seems that these extra gameplay elements are a little irrelevant. The game itself is simple and fun as you swim through levels and attack fish, but it does not present anything too must have. Still, for a small $0.99 price tag Atlantis – Legend of the Mermaids is going to help a lot of flights and boring math classes go by a little faster