This is by far my favorite match 3 game...actually my fav. BFG. 100 fabulous levels, challenge increases with every level, comical story and characters, and it can be played over and over again.
It's a never ending great time. Enjoy!
August 10, 2012
Yar Har Har! Skull Island is Mine!
What a great game -- wickedly tough, even frustrating on some levels, but entertainingly addictive at the same time. The Match 3 mechanic is unique -- you always have an icon on your cursor that you have to match on the board. Strategy and quickness are essential for ultimate success through 100 levels. Earn gold as you play, buy buildings to get power ups, buy building upgrades to strengthen them. Follow a cute Pirate story.
You complete 1 of four Islands each time you finish the game. I certainly intend to finish all four of them. Yo! Off to build Scallywag Sands!
August 5, 2012
THEEE BEST Match 3 game EVER!
totally engaging, totally adorable with many cute little details and fun sound effect!
i am not ashamed to say i have played this game through several times...
i also keep looking for a sequel and wish BFG could forward the request to the Makers of this Game!
Bravo! bravo! on-core!!
July 6, 2012
Caribbean Hideaway: Colorful and Creative Match 3 Game
Caribbean Hideaway had all those promising elements I love in Match 3 games, but having each TILE ICON attached to my cursor was more of a hand held feature than challenge for me. I mean, I understand concept adds challenge to game, but I simply like making my own decisions. I also play Match 3 games to get out of my head some. Aside from my personal preference, CH has so much more to appreciate! Great colorful graphics, challenge and good Storyline make CH a gem of a game here on Big Fish!
June 28, 2012
Excellent game. Hours of entertainment.
January 14, 2012
Now this is match 3 fun!
While I wouldn't say it's hard by any means, and maybe not even the most challenging of games, this is a lot of fun. I really liked that it wasn't just clicking rows of 3 over and over and there was more to do with each level. I think this is good fun for kids and adults and I decided pretty quick I wanted to own this one!
October 12, 2012
Unique, very challenging M3
Pros: interesting play mechanic, soundtrack, high replayability factor, screamingly funny storyline
Cons: timed only, confusing playing tiles, screamingly difficult (particularly near end)
This is quite a different take on the M3 genre in that the play action is the token in hand style M3. Your cursor has an object attached to it and the goal is to find a matching pair to place that object next to for a match. Then the cursor will pick up the item that was on the board in exchange, and you repeat the process. There are different objectives for each game board which may or may not include clearing all the tiles on the screen, so the strategy varies as you go through the game.
The storyline is well written and laugh out loud hilarious; you will play all the different characters and see game tiles with storyline details while you work your way through the 100 levels (chapters). The game boards also have you collecting resources which you will use to build a pirate city on an island. The city building part not only allows you to get powerups for the M3 boards, but also requires strategic planning as your citizens will steal your gold if you're not paying attention, or you could work yourself into a delay on getting a powerup. The cleverness of the game boards' design as well as the relatively open-ended strategy for building the city make for lots of replayability.
I really liked the soundtrack--it's a mix of jaunty and slow tunes that completely fit the pirate theme, but the graphics at least in windowed mode are another matter. Several of the playing tiles look similar to each other and it's hard to tell where the holes in a game board are because the "holes" are just another kind of tile in the board that you can't place anything onto. I can't count the number of times where I thought there was an available move only to realize that it wasn't a real space in the board, or that wasn't the kind of tile on my cursor that I thought!
I gave 4 stars mostly because if any game ever needed an untimed mode, this is it. To date, this is the hardest M3 I've finished. After the first 20 or so levels, the timer becomes aggressive, and being successful requires liberal use of powerups and *very* quick thinking/clicking especially in the final boards. If you don't plan your strategy properly while going through the game, it's possible to get to a point where you can't go any further due to running out of certain powerups and the difficulty being such that you can't progress without said powerups. I recommend this game, however, you must really enjoy a challenge before it'll hook you.
September 5, 2012
Best Game Ever...
Let me first start by saying that I am not a fan of match 3 games and usually Im bored to tears but I needed something new than the usual stuff I play as Im getting bored to tears of that genre so I bought this match 3 game as the daily deal. And its the best $2.99 I've ever spent.
This is a unique take on match 3 games as you have to pick up and drop the matches all over the board to match them. Its highly addicting and it has goals for you to achieve each level as well. Sometimes you have to match all the tiles to clear the board, other times its a story piece, matching pirates, matching leaks etc but all the tasks you are given follow the storyline so it all makes sense. There are no voiceovers BUT the story is easy to read and if you like pirate games, you can probably figure out what happens anyways. Since you have different tasks, the pieces on the board change according to what you have to do.
My only pet peeve would be the graphics aren't super quality like a newer game would be but it never interfered with the game itself for me. Its just for a long time, I thought I was matching feathers but as it turns out it was really swords! They looked like feathers~! Also all the tasks that ask you to match people, the people make different noises and its amusing. The soundtrack repeats but changes for each level. There is a really peaceful song that plays that I wish played more instead of the frantic track. I had to turn the music down a few times to concentrate but overall it didn't bother me.
This game kept my interest because each level was something new. I also liked how building the town gave you special power ups and they were really helpful to the harder levels. It took me a long time to realize by matching pirates, you get a pirate who takes out part of your board. If you match an hourglass, it gives you more time back and if you match hammers, you get one to break a tile. As you go on you can add to these and make them stronger. It would have been nice in the beginning to realize if I had matched hourglasses I would have had more time and not died repeatedly but once I got used to this game it became about strategy and how to use the power ups and I was able to complete the entire game, playing a couple levels a day (there are 100) in about a month and I had a wonderful time doing it!!! Also, because of this game, I have begun to play more match 3 and although I can't find one exactly like this one, its still a great genre I overlooked.
I wish the developers would release a follow up to this game or another theme with the same concept. This is one of the best games I own and I own a lot of games but I can't remember the last time I had so much fun playing a game before and I feel extremely accomplished for being able to beat all the levels and complete the entire game. Its one of those games, you just feel good about yourself after you've finished it and then wish it wasn't over. Cheers.
September 4, 2012
One of the best games ever
This Match 3 has it all, fun storyline that you will actually want to read, good graphics, great sound and music, and most of all heart pounding, just need to play one more level, game play. You will want to replay this one. The different game mechanic (make a match with the icon in hand) takes a bit to get used to, but give it the full demo time and you will be hooked. This game requires strategy for each level, and it even lets you decide what buildings to put up first (each gives you something valuable). It's a shame there is not an untimed mode, as it would open this game to so many others.
August 5, 2012
Great M3 Game!
Really enjoying this one.... It's sort of a combination of strategy/building games (with no time constraint) and Match 3 (with a time constraint ;).
Caribbean Hideaway is different than most M3 in a couple of ways.... you replace one item with another to make matches. Also, to get your power-ups, you are building a village... and there is some strategy needed to do so. Do you build the one that gives you a power-up? Or do you build the one that employs more citizens so you earn more in taxes and have less gold stolen from your coffers?
The challenge is just right also.... Not easy cheesy, but not "tear-your-hair-out" difficult either. Around level 30, it starts to get much more challenging.
Also, unlike most M3 games, this one has a very engaging story.
All in all, I highly recommend CH to all M3 lovers -- and even those who don't normally play M3 should give this one a try... ;)
July 26, 2012