Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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Some games offer sweeping storylines or complex game mechanics. Others, like Contact Game, simply focus on offering players a minute or two of fast-paced action. It's a format that works reasonably well, although admittedly Contact Game does sometimes feel almost too simple.
Contact Game offers one screen full of colored cells. Players have to survive as long as they can by swiping away thse cells. It's possible to clear one or two cells on their own but that's not the point here. Clearing three or more provides the player with more seconds on the timer bar, as well as points, thereby giving them more time to rack up those high scores. Strategy comes into play somewhat, given that white cells can be used to form a bridge between other cells.
There's also some point to clearing individual cells as they're soon restored by new cells that could be more useful. Clearing cells that don't match also works, and sometimes prove useful, but they take much longer to be replenished. That flexibility goes some way to adding more of a tactical side to Contact Game than one would expect, allowing one to succeed through mostly any method they want to try.
Ultimately though, Contact Game is still pretty simple and that comes with a price. It's briefly fun but lacks that 'just one more go' factor. Some of that is down to the lack of competition within Contact Game. There's no Game Center support and leaderboards are restricted solely to users of that iOS device. Being able to compete with friends would have made this a more attractive proposition. Still, for a brief and entirely free blast, there's some fun here. Just don't expect it to hold one's attention for any length of time.