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
OMG I hate this game but it's addictive
This game so frustrates me, cause either I'm total inept at playing match 3 games or this one is very challenging. I had to replay some levels, at best guess, 30 times before I actually beat a level. Horribly frustrating and I'd get mad and quit the game and 10 minutes later be back in trying to beat the level again. It really is a fun game but after Level 50 something you can't build any more or earn any more so you are just playing a match 3 game. They could have extended the building to cover more of the island. But overall a fun game to play.
January 17, 2013
Great game but weak ending
I've played this game through three times now. I like everything about it except the ending. What a let down! After working my way through all 100 levels, I expected at least a few fireworks, a congratulations -- something special! It's like the game creators got tired during the last five levels, and left the building completely by the last level. Only the story's writer stayed for the end. I would have rated it five-stars if the ending were better.
August 26, 2013
Not only did I not like the gameplay, this is a timed game which makes it an automatic no buy for me. I love match 3 games, but I play them to relax. This game is not relaxing. This would be a great game for someone looking for a challange.
July 26, 2012
Guess I'm the only one but...
I hated this game. I didn't even make it through the 1 hour trial it was so boring. It's a different type of match 3, not the kind everyone is used to. The story line and graphics are there but it is not interesting (or pretty) enough to get me involved. I guess to sum it all up: Boring story, Ugly people on an ugly island, Wonky match 3... DELETE.
March 13, 2013