Crystal Storm Review

Crystal Storm Review

Aug 26, 2013

Pick 3 games are renown for being easy to understand. Bejeweled ensured that it remains a popular genre, but there are several challengers to the throne. Crystal Storm makes a good case to be the go-to pick 3 game, and that’s because it mostly does not stay pat; it is an adventurous title.

What sets this game apart are the elements included. First, the grid containing the colored jewelry is not necessarily square, so it looks a bit different. The duality of the gameplay is also refreshing; there is rapid fire gameplay that pits eyes and fingers against a time else clock, and there are slightly more relaxed levels that have a finite number of moves. I like the way these change as it keeps the senses in tune to the game.crystal1

The actual gameplay is similar, at first blush, to Bejeweled: find sets of three or more adjacent jewels of the same color, and tap them to dissolve them. Dissolving the jewels scores points, and dissolved jewels are replaced via virtual gravity from an unending supply at the top. The shapes of the playing grid generally lend themselves to the creation of interesting cascades, and a little bit of strategy can lead to advantageous swathes of same colored items. The gameplay is leveled; success opens up more levels and coinage. There are special power ups that can be unlocked or purchased with game coins as well; they help with garnering more points.

And it wouldn’t be a good pick 3 game without good artwork. The graphics are top notch, and the animations were effective at enhancing the game play. The jewels had a nice glimmer to them, and even the suggestion flashes were nice. The sounds match the gameplay, and can be toggled.

The game’s in-app store was very much a part of the game; losing the allocation of lives freezes play for a set time unless credits are purchased. It’s an interesting process that I didn’t mind too much; I mean, it makes the game that much more addictive. You can also boast about achievements on Facebook.

Familiar, but unique… this game is mostly wrapped in the attributes that make a winner.

Free Friday App Rundown December 28 – Matching Games

Free Friday App Rundown December 28 – Matching Games

Dec 28, 2012

As we age, our brain tends to get lazy. It does’t like to learn and react to good as they did when we were younger. Playing match games and other memory training games will help keep the brain fresh and working like you did when you were younger. It may even help when trying to remember where the car keys are.

Jewels Star

Jewels Star is a traditional Match 3 type of game. Matching three or more like jewels makes them disappear and scores points. The more like jewels matched, the greater the reward; sometimes color changing jewels and other power ups. There’s some great soothing music in the background to.

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Match Cube

Match Cube brings a new dimension to match games. Instead of having a flat game surface, a greater challenges added by using a 3 dimensional cube as the playing surface. Using any of the tiles on any of the side it, pick the matching tiles. This will really test memorization and brainpower!

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Matching Game – DoubleTake!

Another fast-paced memory style matching game. As the similar tiles are touched, combos can be earned. The different modes make it a lot of fun. In survival mode for example each wrong selection will decrease the health bar. Each right answer will increase it. Also, throughout the game the tiles move and appear and disappear making it more difficult to remember the tiles based on location only.

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Wonderlines match-3 puzzle

Wonderlines is a match 3 style game with a twist. Instead of matching several stones of a single color in a line, match balls to destroy them over a selection brown tiles. It takes the genre of the game and adds a new aspect to it to help set it apart from the many other match 3 type games.

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Memory Match

Memory Match is a more classic style memory match type game. Choose from different tile types to match such as plants or jewels. The tiles are shown, then it is all a matter or remembering where two of the matching tiles are. Even though it’s a little more simplistic than other games in the list, it’s a good place to start training for better memory retention.

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