Alien Blobs in Review – A new “spin” on the match 3 genre?

alienblobs1Yes, here at Touchmyapps, we are dedicated to bring you as many reviews as we can.  If it means I have to sacrifice myself and try every match 3 game, I will….for you! So, without further ado, let’s review another match 3 style game.

Right off the bat, this isn’t your mother (or father’s) match style game.  We’re not shooting across, we’re not shooting up, we’re not even shooting downwards.  We’re now tied on a string going around in circles matching the colored “blobs”.  I have to admit that it took me a few games to wrap my head around this simple change to the genre, but once I got used to it, I really enjoyed it.  This brought in a sense of excitement to the genre that I haven’t felt in a long time.  It almost (dare I say it?) felt like an action game…

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To start, we have arcade mode, story mode (where all the action can be found), the tutorial mode, hall of fame, and finally achievements.  There is also a help bubble that explains navigation (tilt and tap controls), fight (how to match 3), items (very nice to have as there a lot of items/power-ups to be found in this game – 9 to be exact)

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As mentioned above, story mode is where all the action can be found.  I say this because it’s mission/level based.  Each level offers a different requirement (or mission) for successful completion.  It’s not just match 3 and move on.  Don’t get me wrong, in some levels, you do have to make a certain amount of matches to complete the level.  But, this is where things get really interesting.  Some levels are “sniper” based, meaning you have to detonate a certain number of bombs by making explosions around it.  Other missions include time-attack where you have to match a certain amount of balls within a limited time which again adds another element of intensity to the game.

On a complete shift in game-play, there is a “protector” mode where you don’t even shoot blobs.  You act as a shield to protect objects from the aliens and their lasers.  There are a few other types of missions including boss fights which all have different strategies for beating them.  I must admit that I found the boss battles quite fun.  These changes to the standard match 3 brought in a whole new level of satisfaction to the game.  This alone is worth playing this game.  All in all, you will find 6 worlds to explore…

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If I’m ever given the option between touch and tilt controls, I’ve always preferred touch.  This is the first game for me that I play with the tilt controls.  I found that the accelerometer control offers more precision and really works well with the game.  The accelerometer control is not a gimmick here.  I played my first few levels with the tapping option, but quickly realized that tilt was the right one for me.  As I’ve mentioned in other reviews, I always appreciate the option to choose for myself.

My only gripe with both methods of controls was the speed factor (or lack thereof).  I regularly found myself unable to spin around the circle fast enough to grab the power-ups consistently.   While changing directions was simple enough, increasing speed never seemed to be an option.  Maybe the circle is too big? I don’t know… but I do know that it was more difficult than it should be to grab power-ups on a regular basis.

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There is a lite version to try out if my review hasn’t sold you on this game, but I have to say that I really enjoyed the variety in levels.   While the genre of match 3 is not new, the mixture in missions found a way to keep the game play fresh.  I have to recommend this game simply on that basis.
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App Summary
Title:Alien Blobs (v1.0)Developer:Vivid Games
Price:$3.99App Size:35.2 mb
  • Variety of missions
  • Achievements
  • Fun Boss Battles
  • Unable to increase speed to catch power-ups consistently

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