Homescapes Review

Homescapes Review

Sep 28, 2017

Simple puzzle games are almost always the right salve for a tough, busy day, and there’ll always be a place in my heart for matching games.

And now we get Homescapes.

Austin is our hero; a professional butler that looks exactly how we’d expect a butler to look. He gets inspired to go home and restore his childhood home, and this encompassing task frames our gameplay.

It’s a very colorful affair, from the pre-play scenes to the actual gameplay, and incorporates taps and gestures. It all looks and navigates intuitively.

But back to the action… Austin is back home, and his parents have unfortunately let the sizable home

And how do you power Austin to make these changes? Well, by matching gems, of course.

Now, if you’re a fan of developer Playrix, the games DNA should be readily apparent; for those of us who loved match-3 aquamarine caper Fishdom, the familiarity will be welcome. Basically, you get a playing area with different colored pieces, seemingly randomly placed. The idea is to match at least 3 pieces, meet the level threshold and earn points — points which can then be used to complete the renovation tasks that Austin has.

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It works this way: Austin finds something that needs to fixed, like an atrocious, mangy rug. Doing so requires resources, and to procure said resources, play the match 3. Here, the tasks start out simply enough… say, clear 40 green pieces in a set number of moves. Matching dissolves the matched pieces, and might even cause a chain reaction that causes other matches and dissolves.

As with games of this type, matching more than 3 usually creates a power-up, like a bomb, that can be used to create bigger reactions. As you play on, there are plenty of other tweaks and tricks that help prevent monotony.

There is an energy requirement, but it is possible to play without using money if one is patient; lives replenish over time.

It’s fun, and isn’t just a belated Fishdom twin. All in all, great to play.

Homescapes Review Rundown

8
Graphics/Sound - Very vibrant visually.
8
Controls - Taps and gesture dragging.
9
Gameplay - Fun match-3 and crafting element.
8
Replay Value - Easy to get lost in.
8.5
Overall - Fun time waster with potential.

Download: App available at the Google Play Store »

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