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Developer: Chillingo
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★½☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★☆☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★½☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

Has anyone ever played a Match Three game and found it too complicated? I know I haven’t but, presumably, someone else has as we now find ourselves faced with a Match Two game! That’s exactly what Tanglers has to offer. It’s an alien-themed game of pairs.

Players are presented with a screen of aliens, each a different color and shape, that must be matched together quickly. The catch comes in the form of how they are matched. They’re actually connected by a cosmic cord of sorts which can only circumvent a mere two different angles. The trick to gaining the most points is to create a connection that’s quite distant, yet still works via this angle rule. Oh, and of course, all this has to be done quickly as there’s a time limit involved.

Ultimately though, that’s all there is to Tanglers. There’s no level system that changes things up, not even any different game modes to try out. Everything is purely focused on this one game mode in which players attempt to survive for as long as possible, while gaining better high scores. It’s briefly fun and does provide a decent enough distraction for five minutes, but it also feels so limited.

Just one more mode to try out could have made a huge difference here, purely for the sake of variation, but there’s no sign of it here. For kids, I can see Tanglers being quite a fun introduction to the genre. Arguably, there’s even an educational element involved given the reliance on matching pairs and analyzing a situation quickly. For adults though, Tanglers is tough to recommend above so many other great Matching games. It’s cute but really quite uneventful.

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