Hilarious and Challenging Match 3
You won't get bored matching tiles in this game! First off, the story is really imaginative, based on you rescuing the damsel held by the pirates and building/developing your island base. Before each level, there are a few lines about the characters and what you must do. Sounds boring, but the dialogue is hilarious! I liked that you couldn't continue if you failed a level; however, all levels can be completed. The powerups, upgrades, and money help you as the game goes on. Not only are you busy trying to develop your island and save the damsel but you also have to watch those pesky islanders who don't have jobs - they steal your gold!! Cute game and mostly likely will please you!
August 5, 2012
A Rollicking Good Time!
It's a quarter to two in the MORNING and I have to quit playing and get some sleep. I LOVE this game! The pirate story line is great, the characters are fun, and the play is challenging enough to make you think; my four-year-old son calls it my pirate game. A couple words of advice to anyone thinking about buying this game: 1) BUY IT! and 2) use your power ups because the levels get quite a bit more difficult as you progress. Shiver me timbers, this be a fun game an' ye should be playin' it!
July 30, 2012
My Fav and Best Match 3 ever!
Most match 3 get boring but this one does not! With the levels and the bonuses it is a lot of fun. I tried the game for the hour then purchased it right away as it is awesome! If you love Match 3 games with a twist then this is your game!!!
July 26, 2012
What a wonderful Match 3!
This is what I would call "having all the bells and whistles" for a match 3 game. Some other reviewers have mentioned that this is not a traditional match 3, but you have a certain tile on your cursor and you have to find a match for it. Each time you make a match, you swap the tile on your cursor for a new one. This requires strategies when you have to complete an objective on the board, and it has up to three different objectives at a time.
There is a storybook and it progresses along each level. I like the humor of it. It also sort of gives you motivation for your tasks. You could choose not to read it though.
The game has a variety of power-ups to go with the storyline. They are integrated with the pirate village you build on an island. The graphics are cute. The only defect is that the the pictures are of low resolution so the words in the story book and the background pictures of the boards seem faded. (I'm not sure if this only happens in a Mac version, which I used.) Otherwise, they go perfectly with the theme of the game.
There are maybe two or three kinds of background music, based on the one-hour trial. I like the way that the music changes when switching to a new board and that some tiles are animated.
Overall, it's a game close to perfection!
July 26, 2012
This game is a unique style of match 3 that is so much fun. The storyline is better than most. This game is infinately replayable and a good length to boot. At the sale price of $2.99 it is a steal.
July 26, 2012
Best addictive game I have played for a long time
I loved everything about this game. It was challenging on certain levels (Can you say 5 hours to complete one of them) but every level was not that hard. One of the best things is that there are 100 levels so I felt I got my moneys worth more than any other game. I just wish it had been infinite. .
August 14, 2013
More challenging match 3
I have been doing these for a while so thought "why read the book of instructions" Ha! Got to level 38 before I realised you could earn help. It was much easier once I got the cannon, lightning bolt and the other thingy. It was fun and more challenging. You are in more control of the game other than the new pictures dropping down you control where everything goes. FUN
December 15, 2012
Fun Pirate-Themed Match 3 with Lots of Challenge
I downloaded Caribbean Hideaway when it showed up in my suggested games after I logged into BigFish and ended up buying it when I had just 2 minutes left of my hour trial. Honestly, I didn't even know about this game, so it pays sometimes to click on those game suggestions and check them out, because I'm surprised how much I liked this one. I didn't start out a Match 3 fan, but am quickly becoming one as I play more games like this one.
As the other reviewers have said, it's a little different type of Match 3. Because your pointer picks up the symbol of the last symbols matched and the different goals involved in each session of matching, it makes for some interesting strategy, but not so much that it makes my head hurt!
This is the first Match 3 I've played where I've put my thinking cap on. However, the game play is still relaxing not stressed. There is a timer, but also power-ups in the bottom right-hand corner which allow you to add time to your session, "break" stubborn tiles with your hammer and take all tiles of a certain symbol off the board. You can also buy cannonballs with the gold you earn and use them to explode targeted sections of the board.
You build your very own pirate retreat with the gold coins you "earn" and one of the strategies is adding enough buildings to your retreat to keep your pirate citizens employed in jobs so they don't steal your gold!
Hilarious pirate characters! Really cute graphics! The music is "piratey" and just so-so, but you don't need to listen to it to play. There may have been some voice-overs in the beginning, I don't remember. But for the most part, the storyline, as such, progresses along in your notebook in the bottom right-hand corner.
All-in-all, a super fun combination of Match 3 and builder game that I highly recommend for Match 3 lovers looking for a little different twist!
December 9, 2012
Arrr... here be pirates!
I'm really glad I found this game last week - it's been the perfect game to play today since it's International Talk Like A Pirate Day!
Super fun, nice graphics, good music. I'll be honest I haven't been reading the storey line, so I have no valid opinion on that. The way you make matches is different that most Match 3 games I've played, but I kind of like it better!
September 20, 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