Mystika: Between Light and Shadow
OK, But Keep Out the Arcade Action
I like match-3 games for the time-waster factor, and sometimes to just clear my head. I played the Mystika 2: Sanctuary first, and really liked the overall game - nice graphics, great increasing skill levels, occasional breaks in the action with hidden objects. It left me wanting more, so I went to find the first game.
This version is quite obvious the first attempt, with flat "unfinished" appearance to the graphics and a little slow in the pace. The most annoying thing for me is the arcade-action during the match-three; rapid-click on the x-character (bats, turtles, spiders, etc) to remove them during the match-three play. This may be fine for some folks, but I really do not like arcade games or arcade action in a game. When it crops up in some HOGs, I use the Skip to get past them. In this game, there's no way to turn that off.
This may be enjoyable for some players, but for me it turned me off to the point that I was ticked off that I'd wasted money on this game. If you're buying the game, save your money for Mystika 2 - it's far superior to this first edition.
July 5, 2014
Rainy day Relaxation
I played the casual version, so the pace was extremely relaxed. The colors and music were good. The level of challenge was minimal - just some pop up figures to knock off every now and then. The story line was the weakest point - could have been a lot more interesting. The game was easily completed in one afternoon.
June 10, 2014
Not bad for a M3
I played this game to the end. Not overly long, but was quite entertaining.
Whilst playing there are bats, spiders and turtles to click on to stop them locking up the tiles with chains.
Found it quite annoying really, and it didn't add anything to the game either!
Not the best M3 out there by far, but worth a go if you enjoy this genre.
The music was fairly nice, although like most it was on a loop, so got a bit boring.
The stupidest story line...aren't most of them?
A few HOS in between the M3 boards, but didn't add anything to the game.
You earn power ups, but I couldn't actually work out what two of them did!
February 23, 2013
Typical M3 -Nothing Unique or Interesting
If you play M3s for relaxing then you may like this game. No need for thinking or quickness. Not much of a challenge which is why I play games so this one not for me.
January 8, 2013
It's kind of cute and charming, not much of a story line at all. The power ups were uninteresting and really only the first two were useful. The 'monsters' were random, I have no idea why they were included they added little to the experience of the game.
Not one of my better downloads, I played it through, no regrets.
October 2, 2012
Would be much better with no story and no "monsters"
I love Match3 games, and this one is - CUTE. The graphics aren't bad, and the games aren't too easy. The storyline is less than incomplete, and would be better left off completely.
But my complaint is the "monsters". They're just annoying. I'm trying to solve the puzzle efficiently, and every few seconds I have to break away to click multiple times on a bat or a spider. Very irritating. This is why we need female game creators - someone who would understand that we choose this genre because it's a relaxing puzzle, and not a shooter.
December 30, 2012
Ruined by bats and turtles
I almost bought this one. The match 3 play is good - except for one aspect - and the hidden object part is all right. That one aspect is the game sending a bat flying and/or a turtle crawling over the match 3 area in the middle of the game play. You have to stop playing the M3 and click rapidly on the creatures until you kill them. If you ignore them long enough, they commit seppuku or something and fall off the screen. But they're hard to ignore, especially the turtle. It doesn't matter if you kill them or ignore them since they always come back a few seconds later either way. I found this feature so annoying that it ruined the game for me.
November 20, 2012
This game is just like every other match-three-clear-the-box game. There's nothing new there in the game play. As such, I quickly grew bored with the game. There wasn't any real challenge in it at all. It's a good time waster, but that's about it.
It did become annoying at one point because you have to sit through *everything.* You can't just click the screen to make the storyline or the end of level screen hurry up.
The storyline was also very cliche; it's been done several times before. Nothing new there, either. It is better than most, though, so I'll give it that.
The graphics are okay, but they're not great, either. I've given the game a three overall because it isn't the worst game that I've ever played, but it certainly isn't the best.
September 7, 2012
Just not very interesting
It was a cute, easy game, but I didn't enjoy trying to zap the animals (even though it wasn't that difficult). The game just seemed repetitious and not much fun.
September 6, 2012
Average Match 3 game
If this game ever became 'catch of the week' or 'deal of the day' then I may consider it as it is this is a bog-standard match 3 game. Yes there is extra touches such as having to kill bats and turtles/tortoises in order for your blocks not to go back to gold. But apart from that I couldn't really see any difference between this and any other standard match 3 game.
Also I have no clue as to where the HO sessions come in. I mean in other hybrids the match 3 element is instead of playing the HO scene (such as Sisters of Anomalies (think that is the right name)), but in this game there were seemingly randomly thrown in there to add a bit of variety. Now I am all for change, but it would be better if it seemed to make sense and not just 'thrown in' on the whim of the designer.
To me the story also seemed a bit lame.
I am not a conniseour of match 3 games and my extent is just the Jewel Quest series and the bejeweled games and out of these two I tend to just play the Jewel Quest series now. I think that to me like the Mahjong games as it is just a the same game concept it is hard for developers to come up with anything special and until they do will just stick with the jewel quest series.
September 3, 2012