The whole match-3 genre is definitely one of the more casual ones, designed for quick pick up and play. This in mind it’s not a big shock that there are quite a bunch of these games on the App Store, enough to make sorting out the good from the bad a pain for the casual customer. TouchMyApps is proud to be your first line of defense in such trying circumstances and today we’re going to review Steamballs, a match-3 puzzler from Digital Worlds, developers of the card-based strategy game Strongholds.
Fresh off the heels of celebrating PAC-MAN’s 30th anniversary, Namco has sent us word that PAC-Match Party, a new PAC-MAN themed match-3 puzzle, will be launched for the iPhone and iPod Touch (iPad version to follow) in the very near future. Touted as a Match 3 with a retro twist, gamers will be treated to addictive gameplay, whacky combos and 30 levels of pure PAC-MAN goodness. A flash based version of the game was recently launched and it should give you a good idea on what to expect from the iDevice version. I’ve tried out the flash game myself and it is indeed very fun. And for those of you living in the continental US, Namco is also giving away a PAC-MAN-themed smart car!
If you’re a puzzle/match 3 lover, you’ll surely love what PAC-Match Party has to offer. More screenshots and video trailer after the break.
I’ve probably said it about 50 times by now but I absolutely love pick-up-and-play style games. As fun and immersive as some of these top end titles are, there is nothing more enjoyable than a title you can simply pick up, start playing in seconds and put down whenever you have to, without the fear of losing track of where you are, or not saving at a crucial point. Most recently, I found another title that fits the bill. Crazy Test! is a WarioWare inspired game that is both insanely fun, and can drive you insane at the same time.
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Simon Graham and the Extraordinary Timepiece is a puzzle adventure game. Simon Graham arrives at his grandmother’s house, only to find she’s been kidnapped. The only clues he has as to her disappearance are in the diary she left behind. Trouble is, everything is a puzzle! So you must help Simon to solve jigsaws, math questions, word riddles and hidden object hunts in order to track down his missing grandmother.
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The “Match 3” formula has been repeated all through the game section of the App Store. Ranging from free to paid, good to bad, it’s one of biggest sub-genres that’s been carried over from PC based flash games. Recently I was able to check out an app that takes the formula into a whole new direction. Cubes 3D Revolution, from Simiotica, is a new match ’em with a 3D twist.
When it comes to games designed for your iDevice, the “line-drawing” segment really is perfect for it. Games that involve simple taps and swipes make use of the device’s prominent features and if done well, can also result in a great game. Enter Super 7, a line-drawing title (with a math twist) brought to you by developers No Monkeys (makers of the fun Green Fingers and Alphabetic). So with expectations set, read on to see if 7 equals heaven, or if these devs were just monkeying around.
One thing that’s becoming increasingly popular in the realm of match 3 games is to have a split screen, where one half of the screen is matching and the other half is something happening as a result of the matching. Sometimes the non-matching side is interactive, sometimes it’s not. Either way it adds a fresh spin to a fun but increasingly oversaturated genre. One of the latest efforts to rise to the occasion is Lt. Fly Rise of the Arachnids, and it’s quite an effort indeed. The first level starts off a bit slow, but when it takes off (level 2) it really takes off, and joyous mayhem ensues. Match 3 fans looking for something a little different won’t be disappointed.
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 must be Spring fever – games are dropping in price like no tomorrow to free. Just in – Auditorium by Electronic Arts has also been set FREE! I reviewed the game back when it first released and was completely captivated by the amazing experience, second to none on the iPhone. It is the ultimate relaxation game and has been my absolute favourite puzzle game since. Enough said – get it now!
One of the truly great things about the AppStore model is the fact that it allows for small indie developers to truly shine. A few years ago, one such teams made an original Flash game based around safely transporting an object to the surface by destroying the supporting structures. Since then, the idea has found many implementations, e.g. Tiki Totems, Tumbledrop (TMA Review). Today we’ll take a look at another one – Saving Private Sheep by BulkyPix – a humorous reiteration of the same concept.