Version Reviewed: 1.03
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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Dispensing with complexities, both in terms of name and gameplay, That Monsters Game is a fun if frivolous Match-3 type game.
Offering threee different game modes, That Monsters Game goes for the trickle effect in terms of unlocking them. At first, players can only try the Blitz mode. It's a mode that's solely focused on players gaining the best high score in a brief period of time. Players must match three or more of the same colored monsters in order to clear them off the screen and gain points.
Unlike some other games of this ilk, there's a more tactile approach to doing this. Players drag a finger around and across the correctly colored monsters, not having to worry about anything other than that they are adjacent to each other. It's fast to do, encouraging one to pursue the highest of scores. Not that That Monsters Game actually feels that frantic, although the reddening of the screen near the end of a round does hasten one's bid to be quick.
The other two modes, Challenger and Strategy, are twists on this motif. The former involves completing a selection of specific challenges, such as clearing a particularly high combo in one move, or ensuring there are no blue monsters left on screen. The latter dispenses with a time limit and focuses on efforts to clear bomb wielding monsters from the screen before they explode. This proves quite tactical, even with the allowance of three mistakes.
It's a fun bevy of game modes, although do expect to be slightly restricted when it comes to extended sessions. That Monsters Game is a freemium title, meaning that players must use lives to play each time. Run out of lives, and it's down to the timer until the player can pick up where they left off. It's possible to buy infinite lives, but it's a rather eye-watering $8.99 to do this! Gems are used as a form of continue, while coins can be spent on power-ups to boost one's high scores. Both, at least, don't feel that essential.
I felt a little disappointed to be so restricted by the lives issue. That Monsters Game is a fun game, but $8.99 is a lot to ask for unlimited play. It'll stick around on my iPhone for a time, as the Strategy mode is a great time waster, but I can see it dropping off the radar thanks to such time-based restrictions.