Developer: Andrew Mckeating
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.1
App Reviewed on: iPhone 4S

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

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Tileout is a casual puzzle game in which players must clear a game board full of tiles down to one tile of each color. In a way it kind of plays like the reverse of a Match-3 game, which makes the game feel a little fresher for being yet another color/tile matching puzzle game.

The controls of Tileout are quite simple. Players tap on the screen to remove a given tile from the board. The only real rule for the game is that tiles can only be removed if one of their sides is touching a tile of the same color. For example, if a player sees a row of three green tiles at the top of the board, they could delete two of them if they deleted them from left to right or vice-versa, but could only delete one if they tapped the center block to isolate the other two tiles.

photo 3 (2)photo 2 (2)It is this basic conceit that makes Tileout a relatively unique game while still remaining a casual experience. There are plenty of levels for players to take on, and an increasing amount of tile colors per board to increase the challenge over time.

It is also worth noting that Tileout is a rather aesthetically pleasing game. Its brightly colored blocks against a sparse dark background makes the game very easy on the eyes. The only exception to this, however, is the presence of ads at the bottom of the game screen that can be a bit of an eyesore.

Overall though, Tileout is a free, fun distraction that is worth picking up – even if only for a few rounds. The game isn’t taking the world by storm but it is worth checking out, especially if players are looking for a new puzzler.


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