Secrets of the Seas
Innovative style, good music, but way too short
I've played only the trial, and only the length of the game keeps me from purchasing. The puzzle style is very innovative; the grid looks like a typical match-3 grid, but the player holds a puzzle piece (something like tetris-shapes) with icons on it, and must place the piece onto the grid in a way that makes sets of 4 in a column, row, or box shape. The music is subtle and compelling and quite enjoyable. There are two play modes - timed, and puzzle (where you have so many moves to clear the tiles). I love the play of this game.
The downside: there are 35 timed levels and 35 puzzle levels. I played 17 levels (about 25% of the game) in 40 minutes. I guess you could reply to beat your previous high score, but that's not really my style. For me, this is a far-too-short game, so I won't be buying it.
But if you like re-playing games to beat your prior score, and are looking for a game that doesn't just copy the others already out there, then this game is for you!
July 21, 2013
Is it me?
I seem to be playing and reviewing a number of 2 - 3 star games this weekend and I'm wondering if it's me or are the games being offered that mediocre?
Along comes another seafaring quest to find something somewhere under the ocean blue. In a very unique way of playing match FOUR.
That's right - match FOUR. There are a variety of emblems on the game board scattered about. But, instead of switching or grouping or what have you, you are GIVEN a grouping of a variety of emblems in which you must place onto the board to make, somehow, a grouping of four, whether it be four in a row horizontally or vertically or four in a group. Just four of the same items. You can also make groups of more than 4 but you get no special bonuses for doing so.
Bonuses are given between each level, so you don't really earn anything.
There are 2 game modes, "timed" and "quest" which was untimed. Guess what? The only difference between the 2 modes is one is timed and one is not, both tell the seafaring story of the quest. I didn't figure that out until I got bored with the "quest timed" side of things and tried the "untimed" one.
Not my cup of tea. Nothing to earn. Just a story told by a narrator in a voice that could put you to sleep. Not a purchase for me and only recommending so you can try the unique way of playing this game. Yawn. Oh sorry.
August 24, 2014
M3 With A Twist
Sound effects and background music are relaxing. It is a tad challenging. You're given different shaped outlines that are filled with certain objects. You must then rotate this piece to fit in the play area to make your match 3's. The instructions on how to play the game are really good.
July 6, 2013