Azkend 2: The World Beneath
Not for Me
Now I remember what I did not like about the first Azkend - having to beat the clock. I only got through a couple of levels on the demo before the time ran out. This would be a great game if there were no time limits on the levels.
I bought the first game and never got it finished. I am not going to waste my money on a game I can't complete.
April 15, 2012
Beneath its Predecessor - A Guy's Review
I am not really a big fan of Match 3 games, and most often find them as ok time fillers when I have no time or want to play anything else. But earlier I came across this game's predecessor (Azkend) and I highly enjoyed it. It was actually the first M3 game I ever completed.
This game is in many ways similar to that and they do an attempt at improving on it. To some they might have just done that, but to me they didn't. Graphics is good and there is more of a story this time, plus they've added power-ups and new challenges.
In the beginning this seemed very promising, but I soon found out that the game works to much on random and the time limit is strict. I don't like a game like this to be too stressful, but to me a time limit next to the randomness of it all just leaves me frustrated. There are no options to turn off or lengthen the timer either. In modern games I find that a bit lazy, as when I buy a game I want to be able to decide how I want to play it. That kind of ruined it a bit for me.
There are however power-ups to collect over the course of the game that both lengthen your time and make things easier. There is one problem though, you don't really know what the next board is going to be and do not know what power-ups suit it best. You have to do it by trial and error, and change it after failing the board. That was too tedious for me.
The voice over during the "cut-scenes" is not done very well either. She sounds very little engaged in the story, and was to me just irritating to listen to.
Now, these are just my personal opinions. I think that people who enjoy a little challenge in their M3 games would enjoy this one, and seeing that I am not a seasoned player in this genre I don't really know enough of what makes a game like this good or bad. It is however rather short (the adventure mode) and shouldn't last long for the better M3 players out there.
Surely worth to consider on a daily deal or something similar, or if you are really into M3 games. To me personally, I'd rather replay the first Azkend.
November 12, 2012
After only 15 minutes of playing, I knew this game was a keeper. I don't normally like the chain style of match 3 games (I usually prefer the swap style), but this game was so much fun that the style didn't matter. There are tons of ways to keep you from getting stuck with a board that has few moves. There are special pieces on the board, tesla coils that can be charged up to zap pieces, and every time you make a chain that is at least 6 pieces long, you get extra zaps. The zapping seems to target the areas you need rather than being random.
The story line is interesting and the art is beautiful. The music and sound effects are great too. Even if you don't like chain style matching, I highly recommend giving this game a try. It's one of the best games to be released lately!
April 14, 2012
Fun Hidden Object Game
Great game would love to buy but it has no untimed play.
Not good for the people that like to play and relax, shame because it is a great game.
June 20, 2012
Not a patch on the original
Did not enjoy story: made no sense to me.
Identifying obscure picture segments was pressurized, not fun.
Like other reviewers found I often got stuck with no route out.
I loved the original Askend and still play it - but this does not compare.
Glad I tried it first - I certainly will not buy it.
November 20, 2012
Pretty and HARD!
The first parts of this one are deceptively doable. The last 5 are really hard. The "Survival" version is a test of speed and seeing...I have only gotten up to 50%. The artwork is pretty.
August 30, 2012
The game itself was challenging but the story line could have had so much more added to it. It left a lot hanging about where she was and what she could have found out about the ruins. I guess I would recommend the game as a challenging match 3 but for the story it could have been evolved so much better.
June 6, 2012
I'm super impressed by this game! I'm a big fan of the Jewel Quest games and this one is almost right up there with them. Challenging, fantastic graphics and adult-level game play. I didn't have to play the full one hour free game to know I wanted the full version. Highly recommend!
May 12, 2012
ONE OF THE HARDEST MATCH 3 GAMES I'VE EVER PLAYED
This game is fun. Has an interesting storyline and is not your ordinary match 3 game. It's a lot harder than I expected -- I've had to replay a few levels in order to progress. Very addicting.
April 18, 2012
This could have been great
The variety of match three mini games within Azkend 2 is wonderful. I liked the originality of many of the puzzles, but where they went so so very wrong is in the basic match three puzzle that is the foundation of this entire game. It has the usual tasks of breaking frozen squares, unchaining squares, and double/triple matching over a single square, which is fine, but the designer thought we needed to be shown possible lines of matching squares and had dozens of trembling blocks distracting me from trying to focus on the board. AND the added bonus of having lightening bolts constantly flashing across the screen, changing the blocks, all just made for a difficult and unpleasant game experience.
April 17, 2012