Miriel the Magical Merchant from Gamehouse is a time management game in the same vein as the like of Diner Dash and Sally’s Salon. In this particular game you play as Miriel, an “ordinary girl with extraordinary powers” who’s charged with the ever important task of running her family business and supplying her kingdom with food supplies.
My Little Restaurant and its format will be familiar to fans of time management games. It’s similar to games such as Diner Dash, Cooking Dash and Cake Mania. In My Little Restaurant, you are in charge of — yeah, you guessed it — a restaurant. As in similar games, your customers will arrive, you’ll take their order and deliver it to your chef. Your cook will then churn out the order for you to deliver to your customer. This is all conducted by tapping on the relevant person, place or item.
MarineBlue is essentially a shoot-em-up game by developer IndieAn (makers of the hit game Heavy Mach 2 (TMA Review)). Your character is some kind of sea creature (your guess is as good as mine), and the idea is to tap the screen to shoot at other underwater beasties to stop them from reaching the bottom of the screen. When they do, they’ll start eating away at the time you’ve got to play the level, which is 180 seconds. The idea is to get the best score you can in the time you have.
Naturally, as an obsessive casual gamer I’ve played all the Build-A-Lot games on the PC. So imagine my delight when they came out on the iPhone! Build-a-Lot 2: Town of the Year is, as you may have guessed, the second title to be released on the iDevice. And jolly good it is too.
U Connect is a puzzle game and the premise is very simple. You’re presented with a series of dots, and you must connect them all to create an image, but without retracing your steps. At first, I thought it was going to be pretty dull, given the graphics aren’t exactly inspiring. However, as I progressed and the puzzles got more difficult, I found myself getting quite addicted to it.
The gameplay in Wurd couldn’t be simpler. You’re shown a word on the screen, and you have to decide whether it’s real or fake; by tapping either the word ‘real’ or the word ‘fake’. No rocket scientists required here. There are two elements to the ‘fakes’; some words are completely made up, whereas others are simply misspellings of actual words. You’ve got to sort these out from the real, correctly spelled words.
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.
In Chocolate Shop Frenzy you must help Emma achieve her dream of becoming a chocolate shop owner. Emma’s just quit her marketing job and taken out a loan for the store. You’ve got to successfully run the shop for a year and make a profit in order to pay back the money. You’ll mainly be tapping away at the screen in order to give your customers a menu, make their chocolate, deliver it and then pick up your earnings. However, as well as this time management element there are also some match three stages within the game to break up the action a little.
For those of you that are getting fed up with match three games, you might want to look away now. Although in actual fact, developer 10tons’ Abundante! (also the publishers behind the amazing Azkend) is a match four game. Considerably different from other games of its type, Abundante! has you venturing deep into the jungle, and beneath the earth.
PAC-Match Party was released to commemorate PAC-MAN’s 30th birthday. It’s difficult to believe that the little guy has been around that long – since before I was born! Quite rightly, PAC-MAN is a legend and so it’s only right that he should have a party for his 30th birthday. And that’s what this game is. A match three party.