Developer: Mind Candy
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.5.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

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

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Familiar Match-3 games tend to be pretty conflicting to fans of the genre. They’re fun but there’s always that uneasy feeling that it’s been done before and that one is being duped into a very similar experience all over again. Moshling Rescue! is kind of like that. It offers some new takes on the genre, through some more interesting puzzles, and thereby ensuring it’s worth checking out, but there’s still that sense that this is a game we’ve been playing for years.

Spread out across numerous levels, much like the layout of Candy Crush Saga, Moshling Rescue! takes players through various different mission types. Each is related to the idea of clearing gems, but they’re all still a matter of swiping gems together in order to wipe them out.

Some levels simply require clearing a certain number of one type of gem, but fortunately most stages are more involved than that. The Home mode requires players to clear specific gems in order to help the cute Moshling get from one side of the level to the other. There are enemies gradually making their way towards it at the same time, making it sometimes quite tricky.

moshlingrescue2moshlingrescue5Elsewhere is the Dig mode, which involves clearing a path downwards to a trapped Moshling. With plenty of explosions along the way, it’s easy to be caught up in the potentially fast-paced nature of Match-3.

Soon enough, Moshling Rescue! turns fairly tricky, as Match-3 games like this do. Such difficulty spikes mean that the temptation to buy simplifying in-app purchases is certainly there. Elsewhere, there’s a fairly typical energy system that offers up to 5 lives at a time, so the crux of the in-app purchases evidently comes from being helped along the way. Believe me, it’s tempting even despite that thing in the back of one’s head saying ‘it’s been done before!’.

Steer clear of being too lulled by such purchases and enjoy Moshling Rescue! for what it is: a free and slightly different Match-3 game that offers just enough to keep fans interested.


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