Developer: Big Fish Games
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.0.4
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★½☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★½☆
Playtime Rating: ★★★½☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Match-3 games are nothing new and to an extent, Cascade is very familiar indeed. It manages to offer a few twists and turns that ensure that fans should be quite appreciative of its efforts, even if it isn’t as revolutionary as it would like to be.

The layout of Cascade is very familiar. You work your way through individual levels of gems that must be cleared in some way, in order to pass onto the next stage. Each stage has a slightly different objective, such as reaching a particular score, clearing a set number of boulders, or vanquishing lighter colored squares. Ultimately though, the principle remains the same – match those gems.

cascade5cascade3The twist is that flexibility isn’t as great in Cascade as it is with other games. Working on a kind of Slot Machine basis, you’re offered a selection of gems that can be used to match with others. The problem is they can only line up with those directly above them, adding a certain level of strategy to the game. At first, it’ll feel a little infuriating. You’ll find yourself wishing you could move the gems around more so, like in other games, but it works reasonably well at making Cascade seem different from the other Match-3 games.

Of course, it’s all an illusion. Cascade is still much the same as the rest, but it’s still got that one more go factor for those who enjoy the genre. As a freemium game, you’re restricted in how many turns you can take due to an energy system, but other in-app purchases are restricted to power-ups that aren’t essential to progression.

As a mindless way to spend some free time, you could do a lot worse than Cascade.

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