Developer: Lazrhog Games
Version Reviewed: 1.0
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Imagine deconstructing a Match-3 game and turning it into a level based game where you have to take apart bits of shapes in limited amounts of time. Sound fun? Well it is, only it could use a bit of oomph to keep things going.
The basic idea of GeoSpin is that you are given a big X sided shape and must match the individual shapes from a list of shapes to the shapes within the large shape. For instance, you may be given a 15 sided shape, each side which is given its own color. Floating around the shape are the individual shapes, complete with their corresponding color. All you have to do to play is to drag the floating shapes over to its corresponding shape in the playing field. The challenge comes with the timer, and the fact that you are given bonus "combos" to hit while you are playing.
It's easy enough on the first few levels to get by with just plain matching, but the later levels require much more skill. Before each level, you are shown the level combos. The typical combos in the game involve a color combo (red, blue, yellow, in that order) and a shape combo (square, triangle, hexagon, in that order). Nailing these combos boosts your total score way up, and gives you a little more time to finish each level.
The whole GeoSpin experience is really quite frantic, and with its cartoon nature and wacky colors it will drag you in for quite some time. Unfortunately for GeoSpin, that's about all that it does. There really aren't any wild firework shows a la some Match-3 games when you hit big combos, and there are no instances where you can get lucky and accidentally hit something. Your score, for better or worse, is completely dependent on your shape and color matching speed.
If you like Match-3 games and are looking for a fun twist, or you just love shapes so much that you dream of octagons, GeoSpin is the game for you. It doesn't hold me captive for quite as long as some of the other matching puzzle games, but its frantic, skill dependent nature will definitely appeal to some.