180 in review – Just Another Match 3 Game

Match 3 fans, meet Headcase Games’ 180, a title which claims to be a match ‘em style of game with a difference. True, it’s a little different – but Bejeweled it ain’t. In 180 you have a screen full of coloured coins and you must tap the empty area below a column to shoot the coin that you have at the bottom of the screen. You must keep shooting your coins in order to match three or more, and then the matched coins will disappear. To add another dimension, you can tap any coin already on the board to flip it over, revealing another colour. What makes the game difficult is that the coins are advancing down on you from the top of the screen, and when they reach the bottom, it’s Game Over. So you’ve got to be quick to keep those tiles at bay.

There are three different game modes; Score Attack, Drop Attack and Endless. The first is where you must get the highest score you possibly can in just 90 seconds. Drop Attack is where you must add lines to score points. Endless is exactly what it says on the tin – just last as long as you can before that wall of tiles comes to crush you.

There are also two difficulty levels, Easy and Hard. So once you’ve mastered Easy, you can give yourself more of a challenge. This is ideal for casual gamers who find that this sort of game comes naturally to them, and it quickly becomes boring. This second difficulty level will add some more gameplay time for players.

180 is simple to play but somehow it all feels a bit flat. Despite the advancing coins, there’s no real urgency to win, and very little to keep you coming back. There are high score boards within the App and OpenFeint but I still didn’t feel at all compelled to keep playing. It’s a decent enough game to play for a little while, but it’s just not polished enough to inspire that ‘just one more go’ mentality.

The sound and graphics are pretty dull, though colourful. Also, annoyingly, the tutorials keep coming back. It’s fair enough to have these displayed the first time you play the game, even the first time you play each mode, but for them to still come up randomly when you’ve played the game a dozen times; well, it’s just plain irritating. Sadly, I haven’t got a recommendation for this game – match three fans will find better alternatives in the App Store for the same price. That said though, if you can’t seem to get enough of the genre, you can always check out the free version of 180 (one character and one game mode included) to get a good feel for the game.

App Summary
Title: 180Developer: Benjamin Ma
Reviewed Ver:1.0Min OS Req:
Price:$0.99App Size:6.6 MB
  • It’s inexpensive
  • Easy to pick up and play
  • It’s entertaining… for a while
  • You can compare scores with other OpenFeint users
  • It’s not very exciting – doesn’t have that “just one more go” addiction
  • Tutorials keep coming back

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