Mesh Review

Mesh Review

Apr 4, 2014

Mesh looks like a neon drenched coin muncher game of old, but is it worth playing?

Mesh is all about tapping accurately. Formations of blocks rain down the board interspersed with bombs. The idea is to tap the blocks without hitting the bombs, which ends the game. Missing too many blocks also ends the game. As the player survives longer, the formations get much tougher with many blocks surrounding bombs and it becomes tough fast.

Screenshot_2014-04-01-02-15-43A robust combo system rewards players for tapping blocks quickly and without missing taps .Since the game scrolls blocks down quite slowly it’s a good idea to let the screen fill with blocks before starting a combo so the player can’t just tap as quickly as possible. This adds a nice risk dimension to gamepay.

While this is a simple idea, Mesh’s trance like music and eye popping look make it an enjoyable experience. Mesh feels a lot like a 1980’s arcade game with its focus on simple gameplay and its trippy graphics.

<img src="×300.png" alt="Screenshot_2014-04-01-02-14-15" width="175" height="300" class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-38888Of course the upshot of this is that, like an arcade game, Mesh doesn’t have the longest shelf life. It is designed to be played for a few minutes here and there and it won’t be long until the player has seen everything mesh has to offer. The game also doesn’t begin to kick it up a notch and become hard until a few minutes into the game which may be frustrating after a lot of games. Those who have played Fruit Ninja will know this feeling only too well. There isn’t much in the way of gameplay variation and this can lead to the game getting samey fast. An option to start from later waves would be an excellent addition.

” />Mesh doesn’t have much in the way of extras. It lacks Google Play Games functionality, but at least a global scoreboard is there to shoot for. In particular a short tutorial would be useful as it is quite confusing as to how to disable certain traps in the game, like the electrical traps that appear later.

Mesh has an eye-catching look, the neat neon like look of the game gives it a stylish quality and the game as a whole looks great. Little touches like how menus “pop” after they ripple into view and the constant pulsing rainbow colours really make Mesh look slick.
Mesh trumpets its music in the app description and while the music on offer is super catchy there just isn’t enough of it. A few more tracks would be great, but what’s here is good enough.

Mesh is an enjoyable game. It’s not quite a puzzle game, but more a reaction game like you’d see in an arcade. While somewhat short lived, it’s a fun game to past the time.