Posts Tagged matching

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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5BY5 Brain Game Review

5BY5 Brain Game Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Sliding tiles mashed up with number adding and color matching - there’s a lot going on in this puzzle strategy brain game.

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Qwirkle Review

Qwirkle Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Board games are usually a great genre on mobile devices and Mindware's Qwirkle falls in line with the quality iOS users have come to expect.

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Stubies Review

Stubies Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
An adorable and chaotic puzzler where the goal is to clear the screen by matching block-headed creatures together without letting them fall off the platforms.

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Voro Review

Voro Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A tile matching puzzler that offers plenty of playtime and replay value to keep players entertained, but the pop-up ads just aren’t cool.

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Fiete Review

Fiete Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Fiete is a charming, stylized app full of mini games young children will enjoy.

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Words Of Wonder Review

Words Of Wonder Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It's a format that many will have played in a slightly different guise, but that doesn't stop Words of Wonder being rather good fun.

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That’s My Bag Review

That’s My Bag Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Almost overwhelmingly varied, That's My Bag is quite the challenge despite its cute and simple concept.

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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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Wordchemy Review

Wordchemy Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Not the most radical spelling game, but a fine one nonetheless.

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Jelly All Stars Review

Jelly All Stars Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This no-frills puzzle game is a decent time-waster for familiarities' sake, but it doesn't bring much that's new to the table.

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7 Elements Review

7 Elements Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Match-3 games are fun. Especially when they strive to do things a little differently from each other.

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Angel Salvation Review

Angel Salvation Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Barring a few foibles (and an internet requirement), Angel Salvation is actually a really cool match 3 RPG.

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Jewels with Buddies Review

Jewels with Buddies Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
A well executed but ultimately run-of-the-mill matching game with a few social gaming additions.

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Puzzle Dungeons Review

Puzzle Dungeons Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
It's more of a grind than a story-driven epic, but it's an very fun grind.

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Matching With Friends Review

Matching With Friends Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Match as many blocks as possible and score higher than your friends in this new asynchronous block matching game from Zynga.

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My Laboratory Review

My Laboratory Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
My Laboratory is an element puzzler that puts gamers in charge of creating a brand new world.

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Zombie Quest – Mastermind the hexes! Review

Zombie Quest – Mastermind the hexes! Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Fight terrible monstrosities with terrible monstrosities in this adaptation of a classic board game.

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BraveSmart Review

BraveSmart Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Building homes for wayward Scotts isn't exactly easy, but it sure is fun.

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Elenints Review

Elenints Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Elenints revolves around an incredibly simple core concept, but that simplicity is what makes it so complex and addictive.

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NomNom Combo Review

Developer: Eastside Games

Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.2
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4S

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★½☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★½☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★½☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Some might call it the circle of life, other will call it the food chain, NomNom Combo calls it a game. In this new “king of the jungle” matching game, players match animals together and then match the prey animals with the predators in return for in-game currency. This obviously isn’t a typical matching game. Honestly, how many matching games out there have a problem with blocks eating other blocks? In NomNom Combo, players aren’t just focused on making matches, they are also concerned with making matches in a way that will keep their predator’s bellies full.

Players start each game by placing animals like flies and frogs as tiles on the game board. If a player places a fly next to a frog it will run in the opposite direction until it hits the edge of the board. If the fly is placed in such a way that it can’t run, or runs into another frog, then it is eaten by the frog and the player is awarded a certain number of coins. However, placing three flies close together will turn them into a mouse, making it impossible for a frog to eat. To eat the mouse the player must match three frogs and make a snake. Three mice turn into a rabbit, three snakes turn into an eagle continuing through sheep, manatees, wolves, and so on through various predator and prey combos. Though not quite evolutionarily sound, this progression to larger animals is what makes the game more puzzle-like than other matching games.

Players can’t just place animals on the board randomly making matches. At the start of each game they are awarded a certain number of random animals to place. They’ll need to plan out their placements so they can “evolve” the biggest predators and prey in tandem and in placements where the predator can eventually get at the prey. Coins are awarded for each prey animal that is eaten and these coins are used to buy more animals to place, continuing the game.

NomNom Combo is certainly a unique matching puzzle game. It’s both fun to play and challenging to master. The balance between matching and strategy makes the game a great choice for players looking for a challenge.

Note: NomNom Combo is currently only available in the Canadian App Store and will get a wider release later this quarter.

Bejeweled Review

Bejeweled Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
This replacement to the retired Bejeweled 2 app has everything a puzzle player could want in a matching game.

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Radballs Review

Radballs Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Radballs is a rhythm based matching game that takes design cues from the great decade of the 80's.

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Yoku-Gami Review

Yoku-Gami Review

Yoku-Gami is a game that represents, to me as a parent, everything that is right in the app store, in relation to games for kids. It’s a puzzle game that looks and plays like a standard match-3 game but is, in reality, anything but. It is designed by the great mind of Reiner Knizia, a […]

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Fruit Memory HD Review

Fruit Memory HD Review

Fruit Memory HD is, in my opinion, one of the nicest Memory-type games available on the app store, and is one that my daughters and I have a ton of fun with on a regular basis. The thing that first caught my eye with Fruit Memory was its very clean and attractive art style that […]

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Halli Galli Review

Halli Galli Review

A fast paced and fun shape and color matching card game for the entire family, designed to be fun for preschoolers as well as adults.

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The Amazing Mr. Loco Review

The Amazing Mr. Loco Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Though it may not seem like magic, Mr. Loco has a few tricks up his sleeve when it comes to the tried and true match-three puzzle game.

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Mandala Memory Review

Mandala Memory Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
It's easy to respect the amount of effort that went into the production of Mandala Memory, but at the end of the day it's just a simple matching game.

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Particle Panic Review

Particle Panic Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Particle Panic has a fun core premise that puzzle fiends may enjoy, but the overall difficulty level will dampen its appeal to non-hardcore players.

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Monster Memory for iPad Review

Monster Memory for iPad Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Education was never this fun!

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