Bubble popping games are a somewhat lesser played genre of games on the iDevice. Probably well known names are the earlier Bubble Bash by Gameloft and the recently ported classic Bust-A-Move by TAITO. Snood, however is published at the App Store by Electronic Arts, who are quite the powerhouse for popular iDevice games recently.
In my now long list of Puzzle games I’ve reviewed for TouchMyApps I’ve played all sorts of games, from those that are really just “survive until you lose”, to ones that are trying to achieve a more Puzzle Quest-like story driven narrative. Totem Quest is a story driven kind of puzzle game; good in many respects, but not exceptional.
I’ve made my current interest in puzzle games known in my previous reviews, and I’m willing to try lots of different puzzlers in my quest to find one that feeds those necessary qualities to really keep me coming back for more. Azkend and Aurora Fient almost did it – they’re both fantastic games – but Puzzlings uses the “gotta collect ‘em all” mentality to ensure it digs its claws into you and keeps you hooked.
Match 3 games… some are just completely awful, some barely distinguish themselves from the rest of the pack, and some exceed people’s expectations and present a brand new gaming experience to the general populace. iso is a game that finds itself squarely in the middle of the two polar ends. It is a decently crafted game and experience, but ultimately, it doesn’t have enough to sustain people’s attention.
Do you just start yawning when you hear the words new “match-three” game? Well, then you should take a look at Smiles, a very addictive puzzle game. Smiles grabs the basics of the classic “match-three” genre, but it still plays totally different. The objective of the game is to swap a current tile with one on the board to connect three or more tiles of a kind. Smiles actually contains two separate games: Smiles Drop and Smiles Zen. They are also available as two single games, but you get a value price for the bundled Smiles.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that puzzle games are one of the most popular genres at the App Store. A quick glance at iTunes will reveal 102 pages (and growing) of such games. While this maybe the case, it’s a safe bet to say that the majority of new puzzle releases are either complete knock offs of previous efforts or are simply uninspired. Drop7, on the other hand, isn’t one of these games. Area/Code’s relatively obscure drop ’em and match ’em puzzler is without a doubt an original “Tetris meets Sudoku” game that shouldn’t be missed by fans of the genre.
Yes, 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…
Match 3 puzzle games. What’s not to love right? Fortunately if you like them, unfortunately if you don’t, there are many many choices to be had in the App Store. Perhaps it’s the fact that these type of games seem to translate very well to the touch screen or it’s just a familiar and popular genre.