Developer: Itchy Mitshi
Version Reviewed: 1.6
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There has to come a point someday that every Match-3 idea that can possibly be made, will have been made. I mean, how many different ways can you match three or more things together and keep the game fun?
Well, Ponk seems to have found another way to keep things exciting in the Match-3 world, and have even come up with a fun and exciting addition for Match-3 games on a touch screen.
The way Ponk works is that it throws colored balls at you at a rapid pace, all of which you must organize into neat little color coordinated patterns. The patterns can be constructed any way you choose, so all you have to worry about is three or more things of the same color touching each other. The difference maker in Ponk is the control scheme, which lets you drag and hold balls with simple swipes. Instead of being constricted by order and speed, you can just fling the balls wherever you'd like or hold on to certain ones so you can think about the placement for a bit.
To make things difficult, Ponk throws the balls at you at an unrelenting pace, and then ups the quota to an insane point at the end of every level. There are a number of items to help you, including mass color destroyers, bombs, and a freeze button, but things do get hectic quick. If you are looking for a Match-3 game that will have you playing a single level for a long period of time, look elsewhere. Ponk is unrelenting, and the game lengths reflect the tough pace.
If you are looking for a difficult Match-3 game to satisfy your insatiable urge to color coordinate, look no further than Ponk. I'm sure there are more difficult games in the genre, but I can't think of any examples off the top of my head.