My opinion hasn't changed since the beta.
Match 3 with building elements.
Relaxed and timed modes available.
"Help ghosts to build a beautiful and comfortable town ? Laruaville! Get a profit from your buildings, solve puzzles and HO scenes, and collect coins, playing match3 levels with new mechanics."
What can I say? It's a Match 3. The truly outstanding thing is the soundtrack - it's orchestral and very easy to listen to. Artistically, it's well drawn and colorful, but looks like illustrations for a toddler book.
The story is insipid, as are the "ghosts" you interact with. Interspersed with the M3s are HOS and mahjong type mini-games. The HOS are the find x number of the item, and they were pretty easy. The mahjong is insultingly easy for anyone who has ever played any mahjong games at all. The minis can be skipped, but you will earn coins for doing them.
The coins you earn are used to build a city for your ghostly friends. You do not have a choice of where to put your buildings, and play is pretty linear. You can choose between 3 buildings which to do next, but all 3 have to be done before moving to the next group.
The M3 boards have some interesting twists and powerups, and they become rather difficult to work with by level 16 or so. The boards are cluttered with fossils, frozen tiles, ivy, locks and keys, and every other device known to M3 gaming all on one board.
If you really like M3s, you may find it entertaining. It's a no-buy for me. I'm not keen on M3s to start with, but this one is just too... "sweet" and cluttered up.
Thumbs up for the music. The rest was a bore.
July 31, 2013
Sub Par at Best
Well, I wouldn't totally write off this game, it does have it good points. For the most part, the graphics were good and the music didn't grind on my nerves like some Match 3 games. The "gems" used for the match 3 game itself was alright, although I personally prefer gemstones like Jewel Match 3 and the toadstools were a bit too busy fro my taste, but that is a preference problem, not necessarily something you might have a problem with. So why did this game only get 2 stars from me?
Simply, I will not play a game that plays itself. All u do is click on the "gem" u want to move and it moves for you. I hate that. It takes the challenge and fun right out of the game and it got on my nerves right away. I don't like losing that control, especially when I do not all the time mean to press that "gem" and in other games, I will just un-press. It took the challenge and fun right out and I won't be buying this game. Its just too simple, my kids would be board with it.
September 21, 2013
Rather boring - Nothing new
I wanted to like this game. The story line is very usual - the 'help me build the city' theme. Drawings are mediocre at best, music is repetitive and child-like. Game play was rather normal for a match three game. There was NOTHING impressive or interesting in my opinion. It was mundane....just the usual middling quality that I feel has been thrown at us when not some sort of Collector's Edition game. While I was really hoping that this game could be purchased with one of my free coupon codes, it isn't worth it. This is why my codes keep expiring!
July 30, 2013
Game Stops at level 39
The game was delightful until I hit level 39. There seems to be no way to get past it. All of the game pieces are "greyed out" indicating you cannot use them. I paid full price for this game, but only got to play a portion of it. VERY disappointed.
August 11, 2013
Worst game for a long time
I tried this game as it seemed to have a high star rating. WHY??? it is extremely dull, terrible graphics and no incentive to carry on. Even when you win coins to build, there is no choice of what you build and where. Every other game I have played of the same genre is better than this. Didn't even finish the trial.
August 10, 2013