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Gameloft Announces Battle Odyssey, a New Puzzle RPG, Out Next Week

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 17th, 2015

Battle Odyssey, Gameloft'snewest puzzle RPG, is coming to the App Store next week. Set in the world of Pondera, you will need to control the power of the elements to defend the world from evil. You'll be able to entlist over 500 allies to aid you in your quest to save the world, and each one comes with their own elemental affinities and powers. It plays similarly to a match-3, where you connect like-colored Orbs to battle. You can play the story or challenge your friends in PvP, and eventually Gameloft plans to add limited-time events and special events that can earn your rare allies.

Battle Odyssey will launch next Thursday, April 23.

Rovio Explodes With Exciting News About Angry Birds Fight!

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 14th, 2015

The angriest of avians have gone to wreck havoc in Japan.Angry Birds Fight!is a cultural mash-up pf a match-3 that's due out this spring. You'll be solving puzzles and challenging other players from around the world.

Rovio hasn't given a specific date for release, but you can expect to be saying Ohaiyo toAngry Birds Fight! soon. In the meantime, they've released two videos for the game on youtube - including a music video fromTempura Kidz.

Paula Deen Cooks Up a New... Game? Paula Deen’s Recipe Quest Has Hit the App Store

Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 12th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Paula Deen, Queen of Southern Cuisine, has launched her first free mobile game - Paula Deen’s Recipe Quest.

She's teamed up with Dream Forge Entertainment to create a match-3 puzzle game where you're trying to discover Paula’s favorite recipes. It has 40 levels that will reward players with downloadable recipe cards so that they can cook alongside Paula. The app will be updated weekly with new new challenges and recipes, and it offers opportunities to win real prizes such as discounts at Paula Deen’s General Store and a chance to cook alongside Paula on the Paula Deen Network.

“I am a gamer at heart and never leave my home without my iPad. Paula Deen’s Recipe Quest is an incredible and one-of-a-kind game that will allow y’all to cook up a storm with me while solving exciting puzzles. Plus, it’s free!” said Paula Deen in a press release.

You can download Paula Deen’s Recipe Quest for free right now.

GDC 2015 - Zombie Match Defense is a Match-3 Game That's (Wait for it) Legitimately Interesting

Posted by Rob Rich on March 4th, 2015

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.

HOME: Boov Pop! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on February 26th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: DERIVATIVE POPPING
HOME: Boov Pop! is a fairly typical Match-3 puzzle game, lacking real spark.
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Switch & Drop Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on February 20th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: STEADY MATCHING
Switch & Drop is a fairly typical Matching game but it has a few small tweaks to make it more interesting - at least for a little while.
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Prince Jam Matches to the Rescue in Rovio's New Match 3, Jolly Jam

Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 19th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TASTY JAM :: Read Review »

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.

Jolly Jam Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on February 19th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TASTY JAM
Jolly Jam is a Match-3 style game but with a different approach than most.
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Qubies Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jordan Minor on February 16th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: BLOCKS ON BLOCKS
A totally square puzzle game.
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Boom and Zap Return in a New Update to Rescue Quest

Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 6th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: PATH BASED MATCH-3 :: Read Review »

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.

Monument Valley and Hatoful Boyfriend Are Coming to Super Glyph Quest

Posted by Jessica Fisher on January 21st, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: RPG-BASED MATCH-3 :: Read Review »

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.

Bust-A-Move Islands Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on January 20th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: STEADY POPPING
It's Bust-A-Move all over again, but with a few tricks up its sleeve.
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Hide Your Nuts - Squirrel Girl Joins the Marvel Puzzle Quest Team

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.

The Adorable Bubble-Popping Dragons are Back in Bust-a-Move Islands

Posted by Jessica Fisher on January 16th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: STEADY POPPING :: Read Review »

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.

Action Puzzler Sparkle Epic is Now Available 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.