Old Clockmaker's Riddle
There are two types of Match Games that I enjoy, the ones that you can simply play to zone out, build things or the ones that make you pull out your hair as they get harder and harder to play. This paticular game does not fall in either catagory, it just is what it is, a mediocre attempt at a Match 3 game that starts off simple and somewhat confusing and then gradually becomes interesting, if you can wait that long. The story is about collecting clock hands to get the clocks working in a town lost in time. The English Translation is bad and note to devlopers, seriously invest in some decent traslation. It makes the game look awkward. There are two modes of game play, timed or relax. the graphics are sharp and if you like colorful gems, then you are in luck. There are no annimations, cartoon graphics and no voice over. Objective is to collect as many gems with clock hands in them, buy your power-ups and play the occasional bonus rounds which were actually hard to complete. The boards are the same and with each level, game play gets a bit more complex. There are alot of power-ups to buy and up-grade. Game play is a bit tedious and actually after a while, I just found the game to be a bit of a waste of time. I think I will go back and re-play Gardenscapes instead.
July 15, 2012
Time is NOT on your side?
The townspeople shunned the Clockmaker. He took revenge by messing up time. Buildings are deteriorating?
Truly an exercise in patience. In relaxed mode, of course, you won't have to replay any roundss, so the game will take you 24 rounds to complete. That's approximately 80 levels depending on how many bonus levels among those you want to tackle. They can be skipped.
The required levels, however, are tedious and unforgiving. There is definitely logic involved even from the first move. It feels like punishment to miss an obvious move -- other moves become frustratingly difficult. There is no "restart level" option. Using power ups doesn't always have a positive effect. I would give up ice cream for a "shuffle" power up. If there are no more moves the board resets and adds frozen tiles. (More punishment.) A level can take so long as to become a hateful exercise.
Timed mode -- I can't imagine ever investing the effort. At least not until I figure out the logic in all the boards and have a better shot at completing them more quickly. Even with that, time is so much a factor that your buildings will deteriorate during your game play. They even deteriorate while you work on the supposedly untimed bonus puzzle like rounds. One way to beat the game is to play rounds over and over until you earn enough points to buy the "indestructable" power up 24 times. I'm afraid I lack the fortitude for that!
I finished the game in relaxed mode and figured out 22 of the 24 bonus puzzles. (Makes me really wonder why I couldn't get the other two, but you can't replay the buildings once the game is completed.)
I have spent enough time with the Clockmaker.
August 15, 2012
I Love This New M3!
Owning over 65 match 3 games, I was pleasantly surprised with Riddle! It's similar to Alchemist's Apprentice in that you have certain tiles that are your goal to match, these using clock hands. I love the music, and the graphics are bright and colorful. After each game board, if you've earned enough $$$ you are directed back to the town, where you have the opportunity to purchase more power-ups. I like this method of introducing power-ups gradually, so that you're learning and remembering them as you go along, rather than having them all introduced in the initial instructions, and you have to try to remember what they all do as you play. The game introduces challenges and power-ups early. It's one of the most fun M3 I've played and can't wait to get back to it! Enjoy!
July 19, 2012
Really Not Good
I was attracted by the graphics by looking at the video, but after I got into the game, I wanted to leave within 15 minutes and understood why people had opposite opinions about this game.
The storyline is really good. It has good potential. It could really shine if there were voiceovers.
Excellent graphics. It reminded me of the atmosphere of Haunted Domains. But the pace in this game is much slower, and it feels especially quiet accompanied with long descriptions. Too many words, too few sounds.
Not much variation or complication of the gameplay. Good match 3 games often give a beautiful background with each level, nice music that doesn't bore the player, and/or a special mission mixed with adventures, dialogues, and HO scenes. More often there are variations of the tiles, shapes of the board, challenges and trophies that keep you interested. The time allotted to each level shouldn't be too long. I noticed that in the third house, there were 30 gems to collect. That required longer than 6 minutes with nearly the same board as the previous two and the same thing going on. The music even made me sleepy, so I decided not to bore myself any longer.
July 16, 2012
This is a game for me I love match 3 games and this game set all the trill of the match3 and the storyline will be great as well if U know what I mean, I just tried the hour trial boy if U like Match3 this is a game 4 U
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July 16, 2012
What the heck???
I thought the graphics, music and storyline were very good. However, I didn't understand what the devices were and how they worked and the bonus levels were too hard. With a little more instruction the game would have been a lot better.
July 15, 2012
Cute, but game play lackluster
Someone else mentioned that the game was "cartoonish." While true, the artwork was very well done. The story is OK, but I could have done without having to click through the dialog. The characters were very cute, like the creepy guy moving from house to house. Those aspects might have contributed to this game getting 4 stars, but the game play was so unexciting, it only rates a 3. I would have liked to turn off the custom pointer. They tend to be slower-moving than system pointers, which is important when playing timed games.
July 15, 2012
One of the best I've played so far in all respects. The graphics are great, the play gets progressively more difficult, but in untimed mode (the only kind of M3 I will play), it's fun to work out the puzzle not just make matches.
The puzzle levels are difficult and I'm skipping them till I've played it all out and will then go back and play again. That means to me that this is worth the purchase as there is still more to enjoy.
July 17, 2012
The stunning graphics help make this one of the best match three games I've played. I normally stick to my HOG's, but decided (based on the 3 example pictures# to give it a go so I could check out the graphics. The game is not overly challenging, but the fun story line kept me interested. Each level did become a little harder, which means the dedicated player would not get bored. I was especially pleased that the font used #size and style) were actually readable. So many of the games these days use the gothic fonts that are hard to read, and then use such a small size that old folks like me have a hard time reading them. For match 3 lovers, this should be an excellent investment!
July 16, 2012
Needed More Time
Excellent M3, will be putting this one on "The Bucket" list.
July 15, 2012