I know, I know. Match-3 is kind of an overdone concept at this point. It’s sort of like the zombies of game design. Good thing there aren’t any… oh, wait. Seriously though, don’t let the match-3 and zombies combination fool you into a false sense of “meh” before you really take a look at Zombie Match Defense from shovelware games. It might just surprise you.
You’ll be matching three-of-a-kind brains (or more than three if you can) throughout Zombie Match Defense, this is true, but what’s interesting is that unlike a typical match-3 it’s done as a means to clear out the approaching zombie horde – not unlike a certain popular lane defense game about plants and… other stuff. As they creep in from the right you’ll need to match-up brains similar to whatever the zombies are noshing on in order to get rid of them. And each turn brings the remaining walkers one step closer to your delicious, defenseless scientists.
Well, they’re almost defenseless. Some power-ups are available that can turn the tide in a pinch. Of course there are also other zombies that will require more matches to eliminate or lock the brains their chewing on down so you can’t swap them. It’s something of a trade-off.
Zombie Match Defense still has a ways to go before it’s ready for a release. But you know, for a game based around stale puzzle mechanics and featuring even staler antagonists, it actually feels pretty fresh.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 19th, 2015 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Rovio Entertainment has released a new match-3 game called Jolly Jam – where you’ll play as Prince Jam as you try to save Princess Honey and the Jelly Kingdom from the evil boss.
The game is delightfully adorable with its cute characters and bright graphics. It offers hundreds of levels, epic combo attacks, and an adventure across the Jelly Kingdom from Lemonade Lake to the Chocolate Mountains. It also features a new mechanic to match-3 games that lets you draw a box around matching jellies to complete levels.
You can download Jolly Jam for free on the App Store.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 6th, 2015 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Boom and Zap have returned to their magical matching adventure in Rescue Quest. They will once again explore ruins, fight monsters, and rescue spritelings by matching colorful games. Specifically, the new update adds 20 new levels in the Kadabra Ruins and an awesome tile-clearing Cannon.
You can download Rescue Quest for free on the App Store.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on January 21st, 2015 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Alexander Trowers has announced that tomorrow, January 22, Super Glyph Quest is getting a big update. The RPG/match-3 puzzler will be getting new quests to finally finish the war in the Frozen North.
You’ll be saving Rhiabelle from herself while fighting new monsters and meeting Dave, the King of the Goblins, and Thomas, the Troll King. The update will also add a bunch of new gear and some special guests from Monument Valley, Hatoful Boyfriend, and Skullkickers. You can check out the angry, lovesick pigeon and other new additions in the preview video below.
Super Glyph Quest is available for $2.99 on the App Store.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on January 20th, 2015 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Squirrel Girl is coming to Marvel Puzzle Quest. The match-3 puzzle game from D3PA has you assembling a crack team of super heroes from the Marvel Universe, including Captain America, Spider-Man, and Hulk.
While Squirrel Girl’s power to control squirrels may not seem to be on par with unbeatable strength or spidey senses, she’s got the chops to take down Dr. Doom. In Marvel Puzzle Quest. She’s also the first character to have color strengths in Yellow, Green, and Purple gems, giving her a unique power set. You can win win her in the Oscorp: Heroic story event, which ends on January 21.
You can download Marvel Puzzle Quest for free on the App Store today to catch Squirrel Girl.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on January 16th, 2015 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Gumi, Inc. has launched Bust-A-Move Islands, a new match-3 puzzle adventure in pretty much the same vein as the rest of the series. The app sports some exceedingly cute dragons called Bub and Bob, who adventure across fantasy islands popping bubbles and trying to find a cure for the evil warlock’s spell. Bust-A-Move Islands has over 200 puzzles to keep you popping like mad.
You can also play against your friends on Facebook and challenge them to see who is the best popper. To aid you in your bubbly quest you’ll get special bubbles including the Super Bubble, Bubble Plus, and Bomb Bubble Boosts. Just watch out for dangers like Snake Bubble, Skull Bubble, Rocks, and Blocks. There’s so many bubbles I can’t handle it!
You can bubble download Bust-A-Move Islands for free on the App Store.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on January 16th, 2015 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
10tons has released their newest action puzzler, Sparkle Epic, which is their first free-to-play title in the Sparkle series. The game offers you over 100 challenging levels with power-ups and new orbs such as boulders and bombs.
“Sparkle Epic is a great casual action puzzle game. We have succeeded in making the game fun and challenging for all players. We expect a strong launch, as the Sparkle franchise has a wide appeal and a solid existing fanbase.” says Tero Alatalo, CEO of 10tons, in a press release.
You can download Sparkle Epic for free on the App Store now.
Posted by Ellis Spice on November 20th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
D3 has revealed that the Guardians of the Galaxy are set to arrive in the next Marvel Puzzle Quest episode, titled “Meet Rocket & Groot.” In addition to this, both Rocket and Groot will appear in their own Versus Tournament starting on November 28, two days after the new episode arrives.
The episode will be run twice, with Thor: Goddess of Thunder available to win in the first run and Gamora in the second run, which will start on December 1.
Marvel Puzzle Quest is available to download for free now, with the episode bringing Rocket and Groot set to arrive on November 26.
With the original Puzzle Quest, developer Infinite Interactive showed that a genre as deep as RPGs could be married with one as seemingly shallow as match-3 puzzle games creating a match (3) made in heaven. With their point now proven, thanks to the continued success of that series, their new game, Gems of War, feels like another victory lap. We slay dark messiahs of might and matching yet again in this edition of It Came From Canada!
In the world of Krystara, all players need to start battling against hordes of monsters is a map to explore and some directions from their stern adviser. Gems of War’s centrepiece is, without a doubt, its numerous puzzle-driven enemy encounters. Players and their opponents share the same grid of gems and take turns matching with different gems causing different effects. Matching skull gems launches a basic attack while matching four of any gem gives another turn. And combo chains provide extra magical energy. From there though, benefits will vary. Most gems represent different elements like fire and water. Matching those gems charges up the special attacks of whatever team members specializes in those elements. Players might activate a solar-powered axe attack or defense-buffing howl driven by green energy.
Managing parties to better adapt to the random nature of the puzzle board is a key component of Gems of War’s non-combat gameplay. Aside from messing around with the look of their main character, players can tweak their elemental affinity as well as equip them with new weapons built to use new elements. Players can also recruit monsters from victorious battles and create a four-person squad. Elemental diversity opens up strategic opportunities along with the ability to limit enemy options. A fair but steep difficulty curve, especially for those who choose to tackle the bonus challenges, will encourage players to constantly customize their party until it is as strong as it can be.
Right now, the biggest barrier between players and the puzzle action is Gems of War’s curiously long and frequent load times. Hopefully that’s something they can fix before the official release. In any case, expect the game to fully launch everywhere soon.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 3rd, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
On November 6, Disney will be releasing their new film Big Hero 6. If you can’t wait you’re in luck, because they’ve released Big Hero 6 Bot Fight today to get you pumped up. [Editor’s Note: Is that supposed to be some sort of joke about the inflatable protagonist? Because if it is I approve!]
The game expands the story of the film as the street thug Yama uses a secret AI-chip to improve his Bot fighter, “Little Yama”. Little Yama goes berserk during a Bot Fight Tournament and infects other bots with its violent programming. The player must then team up with Big Hero 6 to take down Yama and save San Fransokyo.
Big Hero 6 Bot Fight is a match-3 puzzle adventure where you collect and level-up Bots to create the ultimate team. The game includes over 150 unique Bots and allows players to partner up with friends to complete missions and earn rewards.
You can download Big Hero 6 Bot Fight for free on the App Store today.
Fans of Glyph Quest, by Alex Trowers and Leanne Bayley, will be thrilled to hear that the sequel, Super Glyph Quest, is coming out soon. The match-3 role playing puzzler uses elemental glyphs to cast powerful spells and fight monsters.
The development team has been bustling to bring you an enormous amount of new stuff. Just check out this list of improvements:
• New Glyphs! The elements of Primal and Metal join Air, Earth, Fire, Water, Light and Dark.
• New Spells! Over 70 spells to master.
• Character Customization! Create your very own caster.
• More Quests! All new map with a host of new questing locations.
• New Story! Character interactions and conversations.
• More Monsters! All new fiends to save the world from.
• Crafting! Create new gear out of all those pelts and icky stuff.
• Leveling Up! Customize your play with new abilities and power ups.
• Multiple Enemy Encounters! More than one critter can show up in battle at once.
There is no official date for Super Glyph Quest‘s release, but in the mean time we will congratulate Alex and Leanne on their newest addition to the team: Willow Trowers. Good Job, folks.
Diamond Digger Saga, by King Digital Entertainment, promises to be another addictive, adorable game in the “Saga” line.
Players will get to control Diggy, a cute little guy with a glowing deedlybop on his head. Diggy mines the lands of Diamond Dale, Turquoise Meringue, and others in search of hidden treasures with help from his friends Moustache Pistache, Orange Owl, Jolly Joyphant, and Jiggly Jiraffe. Players will need to match gems and clear paths to advance through the game.
“Having already launched Diamond Digger Saga on Facebook, we’re so excited to be bringing this charming, yet challenging digger adventure to mobile devices,” says Tommy Palm, Games Guru at King, “We think players will love all aspects of this game, from the fun gameplay modes to the delightful characters, to the bright and colorful graphics. We can’t wait for fans of our games to start their mobile digging!”
Diamond Digger Saga will be available soon for free download on the App Store.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on July 17th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Scurvy Scallywags by Beep Games, is a match-3 puzzler with tons of piratical humor. As players complete levels, they level up their pirates, dress them up in funny costumes, build ships, and choose special abilities, moves, and weapons to give them an edge in combat.
Beep Games is running a sale for Scurvy Scallywags for a limited time. You can pick it up in the App Store for free!
I am eager to let readers know about Oceanhouse Media’s annual app sale in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday from Wednesday, February 25 through Monday, March 9. During this time, five of their best-selling Seuss stories will be on sale for $0.99 each, and there will be discounts for other classic Dr. Seuss titles as […]