Developer: AppXplore
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

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

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Combining sliding tile puzzling and Match-3 mechanics, Caveboy Escape is a pleasant puzzle game – one that I found myself easily whiling away the minutes with. The problem is that it’s really not that hard at all, proving perhaps a little too simple for comfort.

The idea is that one must guide a cave boy from the start point to the end point of each level. This involves directing him along a specific path, invoking the elements of Match-3 gaming. The cave boy can only follow a path of multiples of three of the same colored tile in order to progress. He also can’t double back on himself, meaning that the player has to follow a fairly specific course. It sounds potentially tricky but that’s quite far from the truth with many of the levels offering a fairly obvious layout. It’s generally quite clear through a process of deduction what direction the player should take.

caveboyescape6caveboyescape2Such simplicity doesn’t stop Caveboy Escape from being a quite relaxing experience, but it does stop it from being particularly memorable. Players are given some free hints with more purchasable via in-app purchases but I really didn’t feel the need to use them. With a fairly relaxed timer and plenty of opportunities to restart a stage, Caveboy Escape never feels tough enough to need guidance. The banner ads at the bottom of the screen, however, are more infuriating so expect to pay one’s way out of suffering those.

Caveboy Escape doesn’t evolve any further than the initial introductory elements with any hopes for different types of tiles or pitfalls soon evaporated. Keeping it simple throughout, Caveboy Escape feels more the kind of game that kids will appreciate the most or simply those adults who want to ‘win’ at a game with little effort.

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