Posts Tagged match-3

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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Cavemania Review

Cavemania Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Battle prehistoric creatures and reunite warriors in Cavemania; a chest-beating, arrow-slinging, tribal adventure packaged in a match-3 strategy puzzle.

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Dragon Academy Review

Dragon Academy Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Sticking very close to some familiar source material, it's not so much that Dragon Academy is a poor Match-3 game, more that it offers nothing new.

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Candy Crush Saga meets X-Com meets Game of Thrones? It’s an impressive mix of genres and ideas, and it forms the basis for a new title called Pocket Titans. A turn based RPG puzzle adventure game, Pocket Titans certainly sounds pretty exciting. Its origins are quite something too, having been conceived by veteran developers, John Payne & Ian Pestridge. Between them, they’ve worked on a number of console releases, including Herdy Gerdy, In Cold Blood, SEGA Rally, Reservoir Dogs, and Dead to Rights: Retribution.

For the past 18 months, the pair have been working on Pocket Titans in their spare time, all in the name of flexing their creative muscles. With the game set for release soon, we took the time to find out more.
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148apps: Where did the inspiration for Pocket Titans come from? 
John Payne (JP): There were a few different strands of inspiration which led to Pocket Titans. I’ve always been a fan of RPG fighting mechanics like the semi-turn-based Final Fantasy battles, or the group dynamics of big World of Warcraft boss fights. My original idea was to do a game which was a series of these massive fight moments without the RPG story and running around in between. Then I got in to Zoo Keeper on my iPhone (entirely my wife’s fault), and I mean really in to it, in a way I’d not really experienced with match 3 games before. The game play felt really tactile, and moving through levels with just a little bit of story felt right. I’d always been a fan of the old X-COM games (not knowing at the time that there was a brilliant new one coming out that year!) and games like Advance Wars, and those three strands came together to form the idea for Pocket Titans. It’s the class based RPG battles of World of Warcraft, the tactile movement and easy pick-up play of a match 3 and the tactical positioning of X-COM.

Ian Pestridge (IP): I’m a huge fan of all things fantasy, I was raised on [Ray] Harryhausen and the ‘greats’ of the 80’s. I spent most of my youth playing Fighting Fantasy, D&D, AD&D and some of my favourite fantasy authors are [David] Gemmell, [Terry] Pratchett & Robin Hobb… oh and [J.R.R] Tolkien which goes without saying. So much of the inspiration for the visual is a distillation of those influences through the lens of my own styling. 

As John says the game condenses many of the elements associated with RPGs and has been developed to be very accessible. I took recognisable fantasy motifs and caricatured them, resulting in a look that ‘feels’ familiar and yet ‘looks’ unique and full of spirit.
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148apps: How difficult has it been to find the spare time to create Pocket Titans
IP: The short answer is not very difficult at all. We believe that if you had fun making a game it shows through. The players can sense that freedom and enjoyment. So we promised ourselves that we would focus on having fun and avoiding stress.

JP: The great thing about a home project is you can park it for as long as you need to when life gets in the way. During development there were weeks when I didn’t really do anything on the game, and weeks where I’d do an hour or two most nights, it fitted in around everything else. I set myself a rule very early on that I’d never let it distract me from my day job and in the end the whole process was fun and relaxing. The game’s been 99% finished for quite a while so its certainly the most relaxed end to a project I’ve ever had!

IP: We both have similar family situations and day jobs. I’ve generally been using the couple of hours I’d usually spend watching TV or a movie after the kids have gone to bed to jump on the PC and create some artwork. Ultimately, we enjoy making games, so this has been a great experience.
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148apps: What challenges have you faced during the production?
JP: Early on in development it became clear I wasn’t going to be able to do it by myself, especially when I realised quite how bad my programmer-art was. At that point I almost gave up on the project and probably would have if I hadn’t shown it to Ian. 

IP: I loved the game from the moment I saw John’s early prototype. The greatest challenge was translating the aesthetics of the world we both imagined onto the moving tile mechanic, it’s that challenge that first attracted me to John’s concept and has kept it so interesting. 

148apps: How different is it working on a personal project rather than as part of a big studio?
JP: I’ve been lucky enough to work with lots of talented and creative people in my day job and I love every minute of it. That said, creating Pocket Titans has given us a chance to do something that’s just ours, without any other stakeholders or any outside direction. It was great fun to make but also a little bit terrifying now people are playing it other than our friends! 

148apps: Will there be any micro-transactions within the game? 
JP: The best way to play the game is to work through story mode looting weapons and armour from the Orcs and Skeletons you defeat. But we’ve also got multi-player battles in there and if people want to tool up to level things out with their friends we’re not going to stop them. You can use gold you collect during quests to grab any items you’re missing and if you really want to make things easy you can buy a bit of gold, but we hope people play through the whole story as there’s some amazing battles at the end that you don’t want to miss!
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Thanks to John and Ian for taking the time to answer our questions.

Pocket Titans is set for release later this month. We’ll be sure to track its development. In the mean time, why not check out the beta trailer below? It’s looking pretty sweet.

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2: Foodimal Frenzy Review

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2: Foodimal Frenzy Review

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A Match-3 game in honor of the forthcoming movie release, Foodimal Frenzy is simple fun but nothing hugely exciting.

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Flora: Jewel Quest Review

Flora: Jewel Quest Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
It might look quite beautiful at times, but Flora: Jewel Quest lacks the heart of a good game.

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Linkies Puzzle Rush Review

Linkies Puzzle Rush Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
There might be a twist to proceedings but Linkies Puzzle Rush is a fairly predictable and safe Match-3 game.

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Jelly Splash Review

Jelly Splash Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It might be briefly fun but Jelly Splash is an idea that we've all seen a few too many times.

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Blitz Block Robo Review

Blitz Block Robo Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Offering frantic Match-3 style gaming, albeit with an unique twist or two, Blitz Block Robo is a fun way to score chase.

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Gem Jam Review

Gem Jam Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Keeping it simple and pure, one might hope for more options in this Hexic style Match-3 game, but it's still quite fun.

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That Monsters Game Review

That Monsters Game Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Simple yet fun, it's frustrating that That Monsters Game is quite restrictive for those not willing to pay up.

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Favorite Four: Match-3 Games

The Match-3 genre is often quite maligned these days. Criticized for being repetitive and unoriginal, I’m out to prove that’s not the case. There are plenty of imaginative reinterpretations of the familiar genre, and here’s a look at four of the best.

Bejeweled
OK, so Bejeweled is pretty standard Match-3 fodder. It’s also the best purist interpretation out there, ensuring hours of fun for any jewel matching fan. There’s no storyline to follow or anything complex like that. Just a series of modes focused on matching similarly colored gems to each other. It’s pure, it’s simple and it’s a great time waster.

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Scurvy Scallywags
Ably demonstrating the variety that Match-3 gaming can offer, Scurvy Scallywags combines pirates, the classic humor of Monkey Island creator Ron Gilbert and, of course, Match-3 gameplay. It’s great fun and surprisingly deep, thanks to the ability to build new ships and explore side quests. Particular joy stems from the customization options available for those who want to create their own personalized pirate.

$1.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2013-06-06 :: Category: Games

10000000
It might be a little difficult to remember how many zeros need to go in the title, but everything else about 10000000 is very memorable. It’s a dungeon crawling game that combines Match-3 style sensibilities to create a potently addictive title. Plenty of upgrades and objectives are available to keep one playing into the night, even if you started playing that morning.

$2.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-07-25 :: Category: Games

Triple Town
Like precious little else out there in the Match-3 genre, Triple Town is an unique proposition. The player’s sole objective is to grow the biggest possible city, all via matching three or more game-pieces. Combine three pieces of grass and make a bush, with three bushes turning into a tree and so forth. It really is quite original stuff, and strangely addictive too. Who would have thought that matching a few tiles of the same shape could do so much?

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-01-19 :: Category: Games

Sugar Rush Review

Sugar Rush Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Straight-forward and pretty uninspired, Sugar Rush is a Match Three blitz game we've all seen before.

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Scurvy Scallywags Review

Scurvy Scallywags Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Scurvy Scallywags is a match-3 puzzle game with RPG elements and unique gameplay.

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Smile Plants Review

Smile Plants Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This kid-friendly puzzle game makes us wish gardening was this much fun.

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Crafty Crates Review

Crafty Crates Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Style over substance isn't always a great trade off.

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Battle for Niria Review

Battle for Niria Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This online puzzle rpg could use a bit more time in the oven.

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Atlantis: Pearls of the Deep Review

Atlantis: Pearls of the Deep Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Atlantis:Pearls of the Deep is a superb puzzle and match-3 game that will appeal to fans of either genre.

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NeedleSack Zack Review

NeedleSack Zack Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
A sharp combination of puzzle and competitive strategy gaming.

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