Dropozoid is a simple puzzle game. You’re presented with a grid, and within the grid are droplets of coloured liquid. The droplets are different colours and sizes and the aim of the game is to clear the board of drops. To do this, you must tap. Tap the largest types of droplets and they will explode in four directions, and the droplets expelled from this will make the drops they hit one size bigger. If you tap a droplet that is not fully formed, it will grow one size bigger. The idea is to clear the board in a certain number of moves – preferably as few as possible. The more combinations you score, the more ‘taps’ are added to your score. When you run out of ‘taps,’ it’s Game Over.
It sounds very easy, and to begin with, I thought it was. That was before I realised that the number of taps isn’t reset every level, it’s carried through. Therefore you’ll whiz through at the beginning and wonder why someone bothered to create such an easy game. Then suddenly, you’ll run out of moves and have to start all over again! So rather than making your moves willy-nilly, you should be more strategic from the very beginning in order to progress further in the levels and maximise your high score. You’ll quickly be working out which drops are the best ones to start with in order to set off a chain reaction of explosions and add lots of moves to your score. It’s a short learning curve, but one which is essential to get any respectable kind of high score.
Dropozoid is a fun game to play, for a while. The graphics, though nice, are quite basic and the music is funky. Other than that, though, there’s not much here to keep you entertained for a long period of time. The gameplay doesn’t really vary, and the high score board is either local or global, so there’s not really much in the way of competition going on. It would have been much better had the developers included Facebook and Twitter Connect, and OpenFeint. That way they’d have had some free viral advertising, and players would be more likely to keep playing in order to beat their friends and get to the top of the high score table.
Sadly, although Dropozoid is a nice game, it just feels a little lazy compared to some other puzzle games out there. When you can get games like Bejeweled and similar which have really high production values and have been thought out really well, Dropozoid is well, a drop in the ocean. If you’re really into this type of strategic puzzle game, though, it’s worth the small asking price for a few hours’ worth of entertainment.
|Reviewed Ver:||1.1||Min OS Req:||Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. 3.0|
|Price:||$0.99||App Size:||8.2 MB|