IMG_0074I don't think it's an understatement to say that EA's Mirror's Edge was one of the most anticipated iPhone games coming in early 2010. After a few delays, the game kind of disappeared until this past week when we learned that it had become an iPad launch title.

Mirror's Edge for iPad is essentially identical to the iPhone version that we extensively previewed back in December. Our thoughts about the game then as now were very positive. In fact, Eli even said at the time that he had more fun with the iPhone version than he had with the console version.

The world of Mirror's Edge is set in the future, where a totalitarian regime is in power and an underground resistance powered by runners move information around on foot to avoid to watchful eye of the government which have implemented intense levels of surveillance across all communication mediums. You play as Faith, one of these runners.

The iPad (and not yet released iPhone) version of the game is controlled using very simple swiping gestures that all feel very natural. Swiping right or left makes you run in that direction, swiping up makes you jump, and swiping down makes you slide. When you run across opposition, you can also use similar gestures to take them out with a variety of moves such as sweeping their legs out from under them or jump kicking them. There are many other interactions with different obstacles you come across, like jumping off spring boards, sliding down zip lines, and wall-running across billboards.

While some game purists have found offense to this sort of adaptation to the Mirror's Edge franchise, we found it to be great implementation of the game for our favorite platform.


Screenshot from multiplayer on iPad

The iPad version also includes a on-same-device multiplayer where you can race against a friend while sitting on opposite sides of the screen. Each runner is controlled using the same swipe controls and can even fight each other. We haven't had a chance to test this out extensively, but it's a nice bonus.

If you'd like to see the game on the iPhone along with gameplay instructions, check out our previous iPhone gameplay video. Overall, we're big fans of the game and recommend it for iPad owners (and even iPhone owners when it finally launches).

App Store Link: Mirror's Edge for iPad, $12.99

TouchArcade Rating

  • Miffy

    Loses everything that makes Mirror's Edge Good : So dull with very little actual gameplay.

    • Deewin

      agreed. I was looking foward to this app until I saw this video!

    • beetle004

      I would say it removes everything that makes mirror's edge(console version) frustrating ! Am lookin gorward to this game!

  • Miffy

    Loses everything that makes Mirror's Edge Good :\ So dull with very little actual gameplay.

    • Deewin

      agreed. I was looking foward to this app until I saw this video!

    • beetle004

      I would say it removes everything that makes mirror's edge(console version) frustrating ! Am lookin gorward to this game!

  • Jonna

    Looks like a "posh" version of canabalt. They even have the birds taking flight!!

    • tsharpfilm

      Mirror's Edge was made first.

      • http://klicktock.com Matt

        Mirror's Edge came first? How does that negate the fact that this version is clearly ripping off Canabalt?

  • Jonna

    Looks like a "posh" version of canabalt. They even have the birds taking flight!!

    • tsharpfilm

      Mirror's Edge was made first.

      • http://klicktock.com Matt

        Mirror's Edge came first? How does that negate the fact that this version is clearly ripping off Canabalt?

  • Xed

    Miffy said it all.

    • Bobby smith

      They made a mirrors edge flash game which was a prototype for this game.

  • Xed

    Miffy said it all.

    • Bobby smith

      They made a mirrors edge flash game which was a prototype for this game.

  • K1ite

    Purchased the game and it's a pretty fun game. Feels good when you connect everything together seeing Faith continuously running. Only problem I have with the game is the multi-player. The obstacles don't glow red so it's a bit hard to read what you need to do when you are running fast. Other than that yes it's not a game where you do much interaction but it's a great obstacle course style game.

    Yes I wish the game was in full 3d and played the same way it was on the console but I believe that going this route was a smart move and allows you to visually watch the screen like a movie rather than obstructing it.

  • K1ite

    Purchased the game and it's a pretty fun game. Feels good when you connect everything together seeing Faith continuously running. Only problem I have with the game is the multi-player. The obstacles don't glow red so it's a bit hard to read what you need to do when you are running fast. Other than that yes it's not a game where you do much interaction but it's a great obstacle course style game.

    Yes I wish the game was in full 3d and played the same way it was on the console but I believe that going this route was a smart move and allows you to visually watch the screen like a movie rather than obstructing it.

  • Dimitris

    My concern is that we are starting to see the opposite thing we were seeing at the beginning of the app store.
    Developers were charging less for more like testing the waters or something.
    But now we see the exact opposite. 15$ for basically canabalt with a well known name attached to it???
    And some of the people here thought that cannabalt was expensive....

    I'm concerned that this will become a trend...

    • lazypeon

      I think this particular game is overpriced, but overall, this is good for the App Store economy. The push to 99 cents/free, while good for the consumer, is not really sustainable. I anticipate the iPad prices coming down, but am sort of hoping it helps stabilize the iPhone app market as well.

      If this came out on DS instead of iPad, we wouldn't question that it costs $30-$40.

      • SalsaMD

        Interestingly, the console version (PS3, Xbox) and PC version are now selling for $3.99-$11.67 on amazon. Go figure...

    • beetle004

      canabalt was garbage with no content.This game has 14 levels for 9 bucks which is cheap compared to canabalt which has 1 endless level for 3 bucks! Would rather prefer a game with content costing 9 bucks rather than a $3 game with no content at all!

      • Dran

        Another way to look at it is that canabalt has ENDLESS content, whereas ME's content is limited. Canabalt gives you better bang for your buck, whichever way you look at it.

        ITs another thing entirely if you arent a fan of Canabalt, but most people would agree that Canabalt was one of the best games to come out last year. I personally agree with Miffy, this version of ME feels neutered, I'd rather hope for a ME2 to come on consoles some day.

  • Dimitris

    My concern is that we are starting to see the opposite thing we were seeing at the beginning of the app store.
    Developers were charging less for more like testing the waters or something.
    But now we see the exact opposite. 15$ for basically canabalt with a well known name attached to it???
    And some of the people here thought that cannabalt was expensive....

    I'm concerned that this will become a trend...

    • lazypeon

      I think this particular game is overpriced, but overall, this is good for the App Store economy. The push to 99 cents/free, while good for the consumer, is not really sustainable. I anticipate the iPad prices coming down, but am sort of hoping it helps stabilize the iPhone app market as well.

      If this came out on DS instead of iPad, we wouldn't question that it costs $30-$40.

      • SalsaMD

        Interestingly, the console version (PS3, Xbox) and PC version are now selling for $3.99-$11.67 on amazon. Go figure...

    • beetle004

      canabalt was garbage with no content.This game has 14 levels for 9 bucks which is cheap compared to canabalt which has 1 endless level for 3 bucks! Would rather prefer a game with content costing 9 bucks rather than a $3 game with no content at all!

      • Dran

        Another way to look at it is that canabalt has ENDLESS content, whereas ME's content is limited. Canabalt gives you better bang for your buck, whichever way you look at it.

        ITs another thing entirely if you arent a fan of Canabalt, but most people would agree that Canabalt was one of the best games to come out last year. I personally agree with Miffy, this version of ME feels neutered, I'd rather hope for a ME2 to come on consoles some day.

  • randoof

    I think I'll stick with Canabalt personally.

  • randoof

    I think I'll stick with Canabalt personally.

  • lolymoli

    What the...
    i was expecting some gameplay of the actual Mirrors edge.
    I was planning on buying this, but not anymore.

  • lolymoli

    What the...
    i was expecting some gameplay of the actual Mirrors edge.
    I was planning on buying this, but not anymore.

  • akira01

    It seems good for...the iPhone. But the iPad ?
    It would be possible to adapt the "real" first version of the game with the screen size of the ipad.
    I will wait for the iphone version, superb, but for the iPad, nope for me and at 14 dollars it's even a double nope...

  • akira01

    It seems good for...the iPhone. But the iPad ?
    It would be possible to adapt the "real" first version of the game with the screen size of the ipad.
    I will wait for the iphone version, superb, but for the iPad, nope for me and at 14 dollars it's even a double nope...

  • http://forums.toucharcade.com/member.php?u=1830 Liam (aka TGR)

    I still can't get over how smooth and clean the edges are in the game. Looks really nice.

    I actually prefer this viewpoint to the console version. You can see where you're going.

  • http://forums.toucharcade.com/member.php?u=1830 Liam (aka TGR)

    I still can't get over how smooth and clean the edges are in the game. Looks really nice.

    I actually prefer this viewpoint to the console version. You can see where you're going.

  • Anonymous

    God, what a fugly device.

    • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

      Brave words from Anonymous. :P It's funny, though, I've seen a lot of digs at the iPad, some of them valid. I've never come across the word "ugly". Can't argue with it though. It's totally subjective. :D

      • Still Anonymous

        Brave words indeed. It took most of my anonymous powers to muster the courage to type them here. It is just my opinion that the iPad is not pleasing to look at. It looks like a laptop without all the stuff people desire in laptops. I'm frustrated that people are really getting into these, Honestly, I don't think anyone would have bought the iPhone or Touch if it were the same size as a small laptop (as very portable power was the main selling point for most) so why are they popular now? Just... why?

      • Adams Immersive

        Ease of use + speed + big screen + mass flash storage + massive app library + responsive touch and tilt: these things are valuable to many people. They may not matter to you, which is fine, but that’s the answer you’re looking for. As for “ugly”: it’s only a screen. It’s about software, not the beauty of rows of ports and fans.

        Bullet lists matter on paper. Actual use matters more in reality to most people. That’s why, in the past sometimes, you’ve tried two different programs for one purpose and you liked one better because it’s easier to use or fits your work style better or other subjective preferences. Not just from the bullet points alone. The principle that applies here when people find value in the iPad is really nothing new.

      • Puflwiz

        God I hate the ipad with a passion... Less batterylife, as responsive as an iPod touch, same amount of tilt controll sensitivity, as big as a laptop without any laptop qualities (Usb ports, more that 8 gigs of storage, running multiple apps/programs). So basicaly it's is a giant iPod touch. They didn't even have the brains to add a camera or a built in mic! WTF APPLE?? This is why the closest thing to an apple product I would ever like is the iPod/iPhone.

  • Anonymous

    God, what a fugly device.

    • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

      Brave words from Anonymous. :P It's funny, though, I've seen a lot of digs at the iPad, some of them valid. I've never come across the word "ugly". Can't argue with it though. It's totally subjective. :D

      • Still Anonymous

        Brave words indeed. It took most of my anonymous powers to muster the courage to type them here. It is just my opinion that the iPad is not pleasing to look at. It looks like a laptop without all the stuff people desire in laptops. I'm frustrated that people are really getting into these, Honestly, I don't think anyone would have bought the iPhone or Touch if it were the same size as a small laptop (as very portable power was the main selling point for most) so why are they popular now? Just... why?

      • Adams Immersive

        Ease of use + speed + big screen + mass flash storage + massive app library + responsive touch and tilt: these things are valuable to many people. They may not matter to you, which is fine, but that’s the answer you’re looking for. As for “ugly”: it’s only a screen. It’s about software, not the beauty of rows of ports and fans.

        Bullet lists matter on paper. Actual use matters more in reality to most people. That’s why, in the past sometimes, you’ve tried two different programs for one purpose and you liked one better because it’s easier to use or fits your work style better or other subjective preferences. Not just from the bullet points alone. The principle that applies here when people find value in the iPad is really nothing new.

      • Puflwiz

        God I hate the ipad with a passion... Less batterylife, as responsive as an iPod touch, same amount of tilt controll sensitivity, as big as a laptop without any laptop qualities (Usb ports, more that 8 gigs of storage, running multiple apps/programs). So basicaly it's is a giant iPod touch. They didn't even have the brains to add a camera or a built in mic! WTF APPLE?? This is why the closest thing to an apple product I would ever like is the iPod/iPhone.

  • http://www.nudging.co.uk Steve

    Pretty impressive gaming but could it handle something like WoW?

  • http://www.nudging.co.uk Steve

    Pretty impressive gaming but could it handle something like WoW?

  • Jeffyg3

    $13 for a cannonbalt game is definitely way too much money. EA is trying to take advantage of the launch due to the many people wanting something new on their device...which is horrible. Now if this was more like the console counterpart then I definitely would have gotten it.

  • Jeffyg3

    $13 for a cannonbalt game is definitely way too much money. EA is trying to take advantage of the launch due to the many people wanting something new on their device...which is horrible. Now if this was more like the console counterpart then I definitely would have gotten it.

  • Stak

    Man, the iphone version looks better(windows, they have some kind of reflection) but only lower res(duh)

  • Stak

    Man, the iphone version looks better(windows, they have some kind of reflection) but only lower res(duh)

  • Alice

    "The iPad version also includes a on-same-device multiplayer where you can race against a friend while sitting on opposite sides of the screen. Each runner is controlled using the same swipe controls and can even fight each other. We haven't had a chance to test this out extensively, but it's a nice bonus."

    Basically this is saying: "I do not have any friends. Also, I don't even know anybody to wow with my super-cool new iPad."

  • Alice

    "The iPad version also includes a on-same-device multiplayer where you can race against a friend while sitting on opposite sides of the screen. Each runner is controlled using the same swipe controls and can even fight each other. We haven't had a chance to test this out extensively, but it's a nice bonus."

    Basically this is saying: "I do not have any friends. Also, I don't even know anybody to wow with my super-cool new iPad."

  • blackHorse

    $13? I'll stick with my XBox 360 thanks...

  • blackHorse

    $13? I'll stick with my XBox 360 thanks...

  • Frog

    This game looks great! You shouldn't expect a console-like version for the iPhone. I think this is going to be a great game for the iPhone!

  • Frog

    This game looks great! You shouldn't expect a console-like version for the iPhone. I think this is going to be a great game for the iPhone!

  • Symbolist

    Still unavailable in german store. (iPad version.)

  • Symbolist

    Still unavailable in german store. (iPad version.)

  • Zastro

    So it's Canabalt with a much higher price tag and the cool retro style removed..

    And I should be interested in this... why?

  • Zastro

    So it's Canabalt with a much higher price tag and the cool retro style removed..

    And I should be interested in this... why?

  • chris

    of course devs are gonna try to keep prices high.. but its gonna come down to supply and demand.. just wait for the ipad hype to come down some then we will get a better feel for the prices.. i do not paying top dallor for a good game.. but i think cannbalt is over priced for the iphone/pod too. so.. heh

    chris.

  • chris

    of course devs are gonna try to keep prices high.. but its gonna come down to supply and demand.. just wait for the ipad hype to come down some then we will get a better feel for the prices.. i do not paying top dallor for a good game.. but i think cannbalt is over priced for the iphone/pod too. so.. heh

    chris.

  • chris

    err i do not mind paying top $ for a good game.

    chris.

  • chris

    err i do not mind paying top $ for a good game.

    chris.

  • Jaison Biagini

    i know this is off topic but, i love when ipad haters come out who have never even touched one yet. pc magazine did a review comparing it to a net and said the netbook came out on top. here were some of the dumbest points. you can do spreadsheets, word documents and presentation but it will cost you $9.99 per app. but then compared it to using microsoft office. last i checked the cheapest version of office is $149. and i'm pretty sure the ipad really wasn't invented to beat office. i like pages, but having a mac i have better compatibility between ipad and imac. so if i wanted i can do everything i do on my imac on my ipad. not to mention for the price of office i can buy all 3 apps and the keyboard dock. so yes, if you buy all the very expensive software productivity is a little better on a netbook but they are very laggy when doing most things. for reading books, for gaming, for watching tv and movies the ipads screen res and size blows a netbook away. have you ever tried doing things in bed on a laptop? i have a 17" powerbook and i hat trying to use it on bed. it's hot, it's very hard to type no matter what angle you try. my 17 inch screen for reading is actually smaller than my ipad because i can flip it. i may have really powerful apps on my laptop, but must things i'd use those apps for i'd much rather be on my imac. the ipad isn't a super computer, but it does a lot of thing much better than any other option, including the iphone. i can't wait for all the text book companies to go on the appstore. as a student this thing is the greatest!! i can have all my books on a 1.5 pound device. i saw some demo's and they were amazing. video, links, highlighter. you can even and notes right in the book. i can then pop on headphones and listen to music while i walk to the next class, or sit on a bench and watch tv, or play a game, study, start a paper on pages, whatever. while a lot of different people can find many great things to do with the ipad i think it is taylor made for students! and yes, is better than an iphone for a student. i heard with the 3G you will be able to use it as a phone, even on 3G with vonage or skype!! so if you by a text program, spend $30 for 3G and $10-$20 for phone it can be cheaper as a phone than an iphone. this thing is awesome already but will only get better. steve jobs is god.

    • Tom

      I agree that it is annoying when people say dumb things about the iPad, but there are many valid reasons to dislike the device. First, many netbooks have better screens, second, they run a full OS and for the price of an iPad you can get a netbook with ion graphics that games much better than iPad. You can run Call of Duty 4 and tons of great classics like Grand Theft Auto San Andreas. Netbooks do work much better too and you can use Open Office because it runs a full OS, so you don't need to pay 150 dollars for Office.

      • akira01

        "First, many netbooks have better screens,"

        An IPS screen ? I don't think so....

        "they run a full OS"

        Iphone OS IS a full OS. It's just another interface, that's all....
        In 1984, a group of trolls says the Mac was a toy with a toy OS. Same here...

        "You can run Call of Duty 4 and tons of great classics like Grand Theft Auto San Andreas"

        On a NETBOOK ? With Atom processor ? And often very bad quality screens ? And ALWAYS very bad trackpad ?
        What a joke !!!

        "so you don't need to pay 150 dollars for Office."

        Yes, but Open Office VS Iworks...you see the problem ?
        Iworks is far far better to use for common people...

        So..
        and an iPad is far better than a netbook for:
        - Mobility: 680 grammes VS 1,4 kilos
        - Compacity: The iPad is thinest ...
        - Battery: 10 hours on VIDEO + Wi-fi Vs 4 hours on near nothing...
        - Reading books or comics
        - Surf on the Web
        - Watch a movie everywhere
        - Play games everywhere and play games create FOR the iPad

        I understand PC Mag, The iPad IS the netbook of future, that's all.
        And so there's two options: you want to live in the past or you want to live TODAY in the future...

  • Jaison Biagini

    i know this is off topic but, i love when ipad haters come out who have never even touched one yet. pc magazine did a review comparing it to a net and said the netbook came out on top. here were some of the dumbest points. you can do spreadsheets, word documents and presentation but it will cost you $9.99 per app. but then compared it to using microsoft office. last i checked the cheapest version of office is $149. and i'm pretty sure the ipad really wasn't invented to beat office. i like pages, but having a mac i have better compatibility between ipad and imac. so if i wanted i can do everything i do on my imac on my ipad. not to mention for the price of office i can buy all 3 apps and the keyboard dock. so yes, if you buy all the very expensive software productivity is a little better on a netbook but they are very laggy when doing most things. for reading books, for gaming, for watching tv and movies the ipads screen res and size blows a netbook away. have you ever tried doing things in bed on a laptop? i have a 17" powerbook and i hat trying to use it on bed. it's hot, it's very hard to type no matter what angle you try. my 17 inch screen for reading is actually smaller than my ipad because i can flip it. i may have really powerful apps on my laptop, but must things i'd use those apps for i'd much rather be on my imac. the ipad isn't a super computer, but it does a lot of thing much better than any other option, including the iphone. i can't wait for all the text book companies to go on the appstore. as a student this thing is the greatest!! i can have all my books on a 1.5 pound device. i saw some demo's and they were amazing. video, links, highlighter. you can even and notes right in the book. i can then pop on headphones and listen to music while i walk to the next class, or sit on a bench and watch tv, or play a game, study, start a paper on pages, whatever. while a lot of different people can find many great things to do with the ipad i think it is taylor made for students! and yes, is better than an iphone for a student. i heard with the 3G you will be able to use it as a phone, even on 3G with vonage or skype!! so if you by a text program, spend $30 for 3G and $10-$20 for phone it can be cheaper as a phone than an iphone. this thing is awesome already but will only get better. steve jobs is god.

    • Tom

      I agree that it is annoying when people say dumb things about the iPad, but there are many valid reasons to dislike the device. First, many netbooks have better screens, second, they run a full OS and for the price of an iPad you can get a netbook with ion graphics that games much better than iPad. You can run Call of Duty 4 and tons of great classics like Grand Theft Auto San Andreas. Netbooks do work much better too and you can use Open Office because it runs a full OS, so you don't need to pay 150 dollars for Office.

      • akira01

        "First, many netbooks have better screens,"

        An IPS screen ? I don't think so....

        "they run a full OS"

        Iphone OS IS a full OS. It's just another interface, that's all....
        In 1984, a group of trolls says the Mac was a toy with a toy OS. Same here...

        "You can run Call of Duty 4 and tons of great classics like Grand Theft Auto San Andreas"

        On a NETBOOK ? With Atom processor ? And often very bad quality screens ? And ALWAYS very bad trackpad ?
        What a joke !!!

        "so you don't need to pay 150 dollars for Office."

        Yes, but Open Office VS Iworks...you see the problem ?
        Iworks is far far better to use for common people...

        So..
        and an iPad is far better than a netbook for:
        - Mobility: 680 grammes VS 1,4 kilos
        - Compacity: The iPad is thinest ...
        - Battery: 10 hours on VIDEO + Wi-fi Vs 4 hours on near nothing...
        - Reading books or comics
        - Surf on the Web
        - Watch a movie everywhere
        - Play games everywhere and play games create FOR the iPad

        I understand PC Mag, The iPad IS the netbook of future, that's all.
        And so there's two options: you want to live in the past or you want to live TODAY in the future...

  • WiseWeasel

    Jebus, $13 for what looks like the depth of a free Flash game? Good luck with that, EA!

  • WiseWeasel

    Jebus, $13 for what looks like the depth of a free Flash game? Good luck with that, EA!

  • http://cimota.com/blog Matt Johnston

    The multiplayer and 'fighting/race' aspect is what differentiates this from Canabait - a game that never interested me.

    Canabait is a Flash game. This ain't.

  • http://cimota.com/blog Matt Johnston

    The multiplayer and 'fighting/race' aspect is what differentiates this from Canabait - a game that never interested me.

    Canabait is a Flash game. This ain't.

  • Josh

    I just picked up Mirror's Edge for PS3 for $0.75. So never would I pay $13 for a watered down version of a game.

  • Josh

    I just picked up Mirror's Edge for PS3 for $0.75. So never would I pay $13 for a watered down version of a game.

  • araczynski

    PC version sucked in my book, not to mention it costs less than this. Feel sorry for whoever wastes their money on this junk.

  • araczynski

    PC version sucked in my book, not to mention it costs less than this. Feel sorry for whoever wastes their money on this junk.

  • coolgame

    Without the first person look, it's just another stock variety platformer.

    • Alex.B

      I see what you are saying, but everything does not have to have a first person look to be good. There are good platformer games out there.

  • coolgame

    Without the first person look, it's just another stock variety platformer.

    • Alex.B

      I see what you are saying, but everything does not have to have a first person look to be good. There are good platformer games out there.

  • http://bornegames.com DrNeroCF

    So I'm curious, how do you feel this style of gameplay compare to the Flash Mirror's Edge 2d?

  • http://bornegames.com DrNeroCF

    So I'm curious, how do you feel this style of gameplay compare to the Flash Mirror's Edge 2d?

  • Bob

    Wow, this game looks great! Also here are top 10 iPad Games to buy right now from http://www.ipadintouch.com/top-10-ipad-games-to-buy-right-now/

  • Bob

    Wow, this game looks great! Also here are top 10 iPad Games to buy right now from http://www.ipadintouch.com/top-10-ipad-games-to-buy-right-now/

  • TheLoudSecret

    All I can say is. I hope they fixed the responsiveness. If you ever played the xbox one it's about as responsive as a turtle smoking a bong.

  • TheLoudSecret

    All I can say is. I hope they fixed the responsiveness. If you ever played the xbox one it's about as responsive as a turtle smoking a bong.

  • http://twitter.com/Northstreamer Northstreamer

    This is insane! I actually paid less than $13 for the PS3 version when it was on sale. It really is unfair of EA to release an iPad version instead of the long awaited iPhone version.

  • http://twitter.com/Northstreamer Northstreamer

    This is insane! I actually paid less than $13 for the PS3 version when it was on sale. It really is unfair of EA to release an iPad version instead of the long awaited iPhone version.

  • alf666

    Could you (TA) do a follow-up article and try to find out what is going on with this game, and maybe a release date?

  • alf666

    Could you (TA) do a follow-up article and try to find out what is going on with this game, and maybe a release date?