Play the game before you judge!
After reading some of the reviews here, I was expecting a really bad game. I decided to try the demo myself anyway, and I'm glad I did! I simply don't understand... Were the other reviewers playing the game I just did? Let's take a look at everything in detail...
Simply put, the graphics is beautiful (though others said this too). The backgrounds are very sharp and the two characters in the game are well drawn. The only minor problem I have with graphics is the colored elements, which are a bit distracting in my opinion.
It's only the second time ever I found a game's music so enjoyable. I stopped playing for a few minutes just to listen to the song playing in the background. It's amazing. 5 out of 5.
I think it is somewhat surprising that a match 3 game has an actual storyline. It is interesting, to say the least. I loved how the pieces were slowly put together. The only problem for me was that I didn't see the story going anywhere during the trial. It definitely has potential though. 4 out of 5.
This is where I think the other reviewers are exaggerating. The game plays very well, it is extremely responsive and easy to control. There are also many trophies to get, and the puzzle mode is a nice touch. Overall, it felt like 'Experiment' is multiple games in one, and well worth the money. It's also not boring, like others said. 5 out of 5.
Level of Challenge:
'Experiment' has no difficulty settings, and that's actually a problem as the Timed mode is very rarely a challenge. The game tends to offer way too much time. The difficulty level can be very hard sometimes, but it's not hard often enough for my taste. 3 of 5.
Based on other reviews, you might think this is a bad game, but that's not the case. Go ahead and give it a chance. Do yourself a favor and don't dismiss it just because it isn't like other match 3 titles out there. Experiment is a good game, and it is worth every penny. I'll buy it on my next payday for sure!
June 6, 2012
A Real Snooze Fest!
Well it seems so far we are having a bad week in selection of games. I love M3 games and usually indulge in them when I feel like zoning out or being challenged. This game unfortunately made me feel comatose by the end of the trial. Visually the graphics were good, crisp and sharp but seriously lacking imagination, style or any sort of animation to speak of. Personally I found the visuals too simple and boring. There are voice-overs for our two characters and the music was not bad but I found it misleading and out of context ; the music suggested adventure and excitment which the game seriously lacked. Game options also include language which I haven't seen in a while. There are several modes of game play and several types of challenges which include time, relaxed, arcade and puzzles. The storyline is too vague and from what I can tell, there is a mystery to solve which involves our heroine unlocking several doors in order to reach a gate. The entire game takes place in a corridor and each door contains a variety of M3 boards to play. This probably was the most dissapointing feature; the M3 boards were always the same in design and context. There were several styles of M3 games to play but the boards remained the same which really was a let down. There were no power-ups, no real levels of gameplay and no challenge, however there were trophies to gain. At the end of the hour, I was still clueless as to what the mystery was nor did I care to find out. Personally I think 'Experiment' has nothing to offer in way of fun but may be interesting for beginners who wish to experiment with different styles of Match3. Other than that, the game was monotonous, uninspiring and I hink I will go back to sleep now and dream of better games to come forth.
June 5, 2012
Relaxing Match 3
This is a variety of Match 3 games. You don't play the same type of game all at once but each room rotates though them. It is a nice change of pace. The goal is easy to see as you are trying to unlock doors. The rest of the story line is obscure. The music is a very relaxing piece. It is used in meditation classes.
June 5, 2012
My review of this adventure match-3 game is based on the one hour trial.
The graphics for the opening loading screen are gorgeous, with vibrant colors and sharply-rendered objects. On the top-level option menu, there are two language options: English and Magyar. The player may also choose to keep the music and sound on or off. Once the start game button is pressed, more options appear to play in adventure mode timed or relaxed or play arcade or puzzle (I did not check to learn if arcade and puzzle were available before completing the game or a level).
The story begins when the protagonist awakens in an unfamiliar setting. She is alone in a room when a wild-haired guy (scientist?) addresses her. This guy promises to explain all to Sophie at a later time and urges her to run through a series of tasks (carrying out those tasks are done by the player completing M3 boards and puzzles). I cleared the 3 door screens (which must be clicked on in order from left to right for each M3 level or the game will not progress. I kept ?inspecting? the door, trying to get rid of the dialogue to begin the M3 play before accidentally clicking on the leftmost screen which *did* produce the game board), repaired the broken screen, and completed the tasks in one room off the corridor outside the main room. I saw about 6 rooms in that corridor. I don?t know how many more there are in that clinic.
One plays in swap mode. Each task requires several (mostly) non-challenging M3 levels before progressing to the next task. The M3 action became repetitive even after only 52 minutes on relaxed. There is a pattern similar to the following: match several elements, then match fewer random elements, then get one special element from top to bottom of the board, then match only the special elements, then complete a M3 puzzle where you make matches in a certain order, then make matches over the bright tiles. With the rapidity and frequency of hints (yes, even on the puzzles!), I doubt the game would be much of a challenge for most even on timed mode. There appears to be a complete lack of power-ups or true obstacles during the M3 gameplay. There are boulders on the board that can be removed only by making matches near them with bombs, but those bombs proliferate frequently, and the boulders don?t have to be eliminated on most boards. There are some trophies for large matches and for completing story elements, but they weren?t all that impressive.
I?ll most probably purchase this game to support the M3 adventure-designing effort, but unless the story and M3 gameplay picks up, I can only offer lukewarm endorsement for this game.
June 5, 2012
Gorgeous but zzzzzzz...
Review based on very short play time:
Beautiful graphics and music.
Timed and Relaxed Multiple Modes.
Somewhat obscure objectives.
Tedious Match 3 screens.
No Widescreen support - forced to play in window as off the edges on my 1680x1050 monitor.
I can't really comment on the story because the Match 3 screens I encountered were so boring I couldn't keep myself playing to find out.
June 5, 2012
Blocks, Locks, Bombs then what?
All the elements of a good M3 game are here: bright colors, bombs, sinister rocks but the sum is less than its parts. The game play is ok if you play untimed as the demands increase with each level. The story sounds mysterious but isn't solved in the demo time so I can't judge it. The colors are indeed bright, but shades are very similar and this can be frustrating when pressed for time. It's a good game that could've been great with a bit more creativity, art and playability. For die-hard M3 fans, give it a try, you may find it relaxing but compared to lots of M3's out there, it just doesn't cutit.
June 5, 2012
And now for the news: Experiment failed.
There are way better match 3 games out there...
This match 3 game is "eh" nothing more than just that. I played better quality well designed match 3 games and yes I do like to compare, especially when it comes to having the ultimate experience, I want to know I made the right decision I do have standards.
Graphics are OK, gameplay is nothing new but confusing since they change type of game during the scene you play, a game within a game within a game...inception style.. I played the demo and noticed they raise the challenge level as you progress in the game which is good but still easy stuff. I have to say that it does look like a cheap unsophisticated version of other match 3 games like "Jewel quest" series.
response time of this game is great, helps to play fast matching colorful tiles and bombs go boom! still not all that fancy. I did not care for the plot the whole game wasn't my cup of tea I did not see myself getting addicted to it like I do with other games worth playing.
Music OK but we don't keep a game just for that. I say, skip, keep your $$ for a better game I know I will.
June 5, 2012
Too little story and endless pointless matches
The art is wonderful and the music is lovely without being overwhelming. Sadly the story is snipets in between seemingly endless boards of M3. I love M3 as much as the next person; however, after 4 boards even I was asking does this end. There is too little story sqeeezed in, I am sure it's a wonderful story, but I can't tell with so little of it being shown under a mountain of boards that all have different objectives and terrible hints. I was yawning after 10 minutes and begging for an end near the end of the demo. Sadly I honestly can say, I really didn't like it.
June 5, 2012
it was ok but I know that their is better match 3 games. Also we need more of the match 3 games and less hidden
June 5, 2012
Great sounds and great graphical. The story is cool and the synchronous made it more alive
June 6, 2012