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Doctor Who: Legacy Review

Doctor Who: Legacy Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Doctor Who: Legacy is an ok match-3 puzzle game, but it lacks some much needed personality, despite that great license.

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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.

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Spellfall Review

Spellfall Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Those in-app purchases might prove a bit pesky, but Spellfall is a mostly fun Match-3 puzzle game.

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Zombie Puzzle Panic Review

Zombie Puzzle Panic Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Zombie Puzzle Panic puts some pretty neat undead twists on Match-3 puzzling.

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Arr Mateys, Scurvy Scallywags Be Free For A Limited Time

Posted by 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!

 

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Cascade Review

Cascade Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Cascade is a fairly typical Match-3 game but it offers a minor twist in the form of what gems are at your disposal.

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The Basics

Those familiar with mobile gaming will be incredibly famililar with the premise of Farm Hero Saga. Swap the squares to form a row of three or more and remove the tiles to earn points, hopefully beginning a cataclysmic chain reaction of destruction. Farm Heroes Saga exists in a world that begins on a small farm but gradually expands to include ice cover fjords, African savannahas, and fantastical locales such as prehistoric jungles and, finally, a hidden temple. This is all hours, if not weeks, of play time away though as just taking the time to scroll through the map seems to take an eternity. This quick walkthrough will help you grasp the basics in order to make Farm Heroes Saga the go to game on the subway or in the waiting room for months to come.

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Starting Out

The first few levels are a walk in the park, so to speak, and the myriad of rudimentary tutorials will probably frustrate seasond veterans of the genre. Getting three stars on a puzzle is really the goal to these kinds of games and this can be done by completing it with enough moves remaining to knock out as many tiles are required for each star “level”. In “Hero Mode”, after the objective is completed, tiles randomly get bonuses and long chain reactions are seemingly easier to come across which allows for major points and a satisfying feeling after solving a tricky puzzle. It should go without saying, but you want to complete the puzzle as efficiently as possible because some are hard enough to solve with the alotted moves let alone when considering how many leftovers are there.

The main way to get ahead is either matching four or five tiles in a row or by causing chain reactions. Because the game is not timed, take your time and look for potential fours or fives and pay special attention to the consequences of your move. Getting four in a row adds additional points to surrounding tiles which means that that apple with a +2 button on it now counts for 3 apples if it is matched out. Matching 5 in a row causes every similar tile to be removed from the board which can become incredibly powerful. However, it is rare that this happens by accident so be on the lookout to set up possible 5s. There are other combinations that give out bonuses such as completing a corner of 3×3 and creating two 3s with one move.

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Settling In

It is tempting at first to add moves to a tough puzzle with in-game currency but be warned it is a predictably slippery slope. I perfer to ignore it for the most part, but luckily the boosters repopulate over a lengthy time period so they can be incredibly effective if used correctly. For those playing in long stretches or multiple times a day, the long reload time will almost make it seem like they don’t really exist. It is also slightly annoying that the game puts a strange arbitrary “heart” limit on length of gameplay, but this is easily avoided by not quitting or restarting games, as every time a level isn’t played to the end, you lose a heart which slowly regenerates over five minutes or so.

What you will find as the game progresses is the inclusion of special tiles that quickly become a major pain to remove from the field.

The first of these is the flower tile which cannot be moved and needs 3 separate matches to be made in a non-diagional adjacent square. These, frustratingly, are usually placed in hard to reach spots generally around empty squares which limit the avenues for attack. The challenge comes from removing “dead zones” of unrelated tiles that inevitably stagnate around these cute little flowers. Levels will usually have you collect 5 or 6 of these and the best strategy is to try to get matches that hit more than one flower at a time. The shovel booster sometimes comes in handy late in a game with these.

The second is even more devilish than the first as it comes in two steps. First the player has to match three or more eggs in a row to form a little hatching chick and after further combining three of these hatchling chicks, you are finally rewarded with just one little bird. Matches over 3 do not count for anything extra, and no bonuses are given. The best method of attack for this is to not worry about getting the other fruits in the objective because the volume is usually fairly low and usually “accidentially” obtained by focusing on the eggs.

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Going Forward

I will stop there as not to spoil anything else. By now, I am sure that you have a good head start to truly become a Farm Heroes Saga master, which is a title that will surely make every one of your friends jealous.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2014-01-02 :: Category: Games

JELLIES! Review

JELLIES! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Simple yet surprisingly entertaining in short bursts, this is a Match-3 game worth looking at.

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Moshling Rescue! Review

Moshling Rescue! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Moshling Rescue! offers a few twists to the Match-3 format, but it's still fairly familiar yet fun stuff.

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Order Up!! Fast Food Review

Order Up!! Fast Food Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Matching colored food might be very familiar, but Order Up!! Fast Food is a quite fun example of the genre.

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Devil Shard Review

Devil Shard Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Devil Shard looks and sounds wonderful, and its match-three battle mechanics are addictive. Its difficulty combined with its in-app purchases might make you grimace, however.

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Maleficent Free Fall, a Match 3 Puzzle/Film Tie-in, Out Now

Posted by on May 19th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Following on from Frozen Free Fall, Disney has released Maleficent Free Fall: a free-to-play match-three puzzle game inspired by the film of the same name. Using Maleficent’s magic, players can instantly vanish gemstones and rearrange the board with Maleficent’s raven, Diaval. As players conquer each puzzle, mysterious surprises may arise along the way.

Maleficent Free Fall is available now for free.

Contact Game Review

Contact Game Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Simple to play but lacking that extra 'oomph' for the 'one more go' factor, Contact is a fast-paced matching game.

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Puzzle Breaker Review

Puzzle Breaker Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Puzzle Breaker combines simple match-3 gameplay with a surprisingly strong RPG feel.

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Time Gap Review

Time Gap Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
With a mixture of different casual gaming elements, Time Gap is pleasant enough even despite its control issues.

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Hoots Review

Hoots Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A Match-3 game taken right back to its basics, but sometimes that's all anyone could want.

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Everplay Interactive is partnering with CookieBit to bring iOS users Horde of Heroes. The game melds Match-3 gameplay and RPG elements to create a medieval fantasy that has upgradeable equipment and quests.

Everplay Director Kris Jones says: “We are attempting to break into the popular puzzle genre by combining hardcore elements with a casual experience, all while keeping Everplay’s snarky humor, retro art-style, and pick-up and play personality. Being free to play allows us to bring Horde of Heroes to the widest audience possible by eliminating the paid barrier of entry. To ensure that we made our free to play experience as fair and fun as possible, we made each member of our team complete the game without spending any money.”

Horde of Heroes is due out on the App Store April 24.

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GERMONSTER: Germ Monster Saga Review

GERMONSTER: Germ Monster Saga Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
GERMONSTER is a basic match-three puzzler that requires players to line up identical germs vertically and horizontally to send them back to the lab.

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Lost Light Review

Lost Light Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Simple to play and simple to look at, Lost Light is still a fairly enjoyable Matching game, even if it isn't overly exceptional.

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Faif Review

Faif Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Faif needs some work before it becomes worthy of ranking amongst the likes of Blackjack, but the combination of match-three and gambling is unquestionably addictive.

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Caveboy Escape Review

Caveboy Escape Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A fun concept, mixing together Match-3 and tile sliding, Caveboy Escape is a little too easy for comfort.

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Another Case Solved Review

Another Case Solved Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Another Case Solved is a fun take on crime solving with a mixture of strategy and Match-3 action, but its freemium elements are a little restrictive.

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Perplexity Review

Perplexity Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A neat, nouveau spin on the match-3 puzzler.

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Glyph Quest Review

Glyph Quest Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Requiring a certain leap of faith, Glyph Quest proves to be quite a satisfying and complex Match 3/RPG crossover, but one that requires some time to really appreciate.

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Hollywood Fighter Review

Hollywood Fighter Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Matching games meet fighters in this odd hybrid puzzle title.

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Farm Heroes Saga Review

Farm Heroes Saga Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
There's a new freemium based Match-3 game to lose one's self to, and Farm Heroes Saga is a great example of the genre.

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Crystal Storm Review

Crystal Storm Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
We've seen this game before, but now it's got an Arabian Nights motif that doesn't make a ton of sense.

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Stack Rabbit Review

Stack Rabbit Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Moving the Match-3 genre to a 3D perspective, Stack Rabbit is fun but surprisingly tricky after a time.

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Juice Cubes Review

Juice Cubes Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Sure it might look like something we've all played before, but that doesn't stop Juice Cubes from being pretty enjoyable.

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Zombie! Zombie! Zombie! Review

Zombie! Zombie! Zombie! Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Zombie! Zombie! Zombie! is a free-to-play action-packed match-3 title with a deep campaign and survival mode. Match zombies to kill 'em or toss a grenade for even more damage - it's all good!

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