Secrets of Olympus
Leave the sound on!
I really enjoy this game. There is the right balance of challenge and facility to keep you interested but not wear you out.
I turn the music off in most games because I find it distracting, but sometimes I find myself humming the Secrets of Olympus music to myself when I'm nowhere near my computer! It's pleasant and soothing.
Re: the review above, I learned the "secret" of earning stars by accidentally hovering over the star area; a tip popped up.
Stars are earned by breaking tiles. If you break enough in a very short period of time, the meter "charges" and awards a star when the level reaches the top. Because I don't generally like timed games and this bonus needs only a very brief (about one second) pause before the meter level falls back to zero, I find the star bonus a little stressful in relaxed mode. But often, if I ignore it, I earn a star without really trying at the beginning of a new level simply because there are so many tiles available to break.
Relaxed mode is timed, but you have a generous 20 minutes for each level, and the game awards extra lives pretty easily.
I love the Hangman mini-games, awarded by capturing special items embedded in tiles. Special powerups besides the usual ones are available by freeing keys randomly appearing in some levels. An excellent standard powerup is the "mask" or "mimic," which changes all surrounding tiles into the tile you select.
This was one of my first Match 3 games, and it was a great introduction.
March 2, 2012
The game surprised me
I started this game expecting it to be just an average match 3 game. But I found it surprisingly addictive. You get to choose between two games: clicking on a group of matched tiles, or the traditional swap two tiles. What I found really nice is that at the end of each level, you are taken back to the screen where you can choose which kind of game to play. So I alternated between the two choices and found that a lot more entertaining than playing the same kind of game level after level. Also, each kind of game has its own special power-ups: I got a kick out of watching the fist that knocks out nine tiles with one punch.
Well-done graphics and animations. No help menu, but instructions are provided each level as needed, although the game does assume some previous experience with matching games. Not everything is explained, like how and why you win stars. But when you accumulate five, you can play a bonus game (see screenshot) where you plug shapes into rotating wheels. Simple, but entertaining, just like the hangman mini-games. I almost took off a star for the annoying clinking sound the icons make during matching, but overall, this is an entertaining matching game.
January 16, 2012
I do not usually buy match three games, but play them time to time in between HOPA's for a brain rest. I can see that this would't be a challenge for the average M3/TM player. But to me, life is stressful enough without having added stress in a game. I've found this relaxing, and addictive if I'm not careful! There are two types of games - match 3 and a colored block game. They both have 150 levels, so you really get your moneys word as far as time goes. There is no story line, so nothing distracting from the game levels. The music is pleasant so I left it on.
July 8, 2012
It passes the time
This game is a very basic M3, with the choice of switch or click before every level, with a little 'Wheel of Furtune' thrown in between. Generous time clock and plentiful power ups make it easy to comlete each level. There's no real storyline, just your basic M3.
May 4, 2012
Relaxing fun, just as it says in the blurb
(Review based on just the one hour trial).
Interesting tile designs and layouts, colours not too bright - very soothing. Tiles cascade smoothly and you don't have to wait for them to stop before making your next move.
Nice little word game to make you think a bit after 10 or 15 minutes of straighforward play.
The only doubtful thing was that the fourth word game, which I reached towards the end of my hour, was the same as the first.
October 21, 2012
Boring monotonous game with no challenge
Most boring M3 game ever! No challenge even with timed. Same thing at every level except for one group early on with green goblins appearing. I'm on level 65 both ways and it's same old-same old. I keep waiting for something more challenging but hasn't happened yet. You earn stars for privilege of playing another boring bonus game which is the same throughout.
June 15, 2012