Match 3 – yet another Bejeweled clone but with strategic twist
Oct 1, 2013 8:31 AM –
Match 3 is both minimalist and beautifully simple to play puzzle game. Like the name implies, you have to match three symbols of the same, vertically, horizontally or simple bunched together. This last factor makes gameplay a little different from the crowd of Bejeweled clones, as does the stark and unforgiving way the game merely ends when/if you run out of moves. Doing well requires a little strategy and overall the game rewarding but also tricky.
Tested on: Nexus 4
Pros & Cons:
- Minimalist graphics!
- Addictive gameplay!
- Animations are a bit choppy.
- Lacks features?
Match 3 sees you doing what you’ve probably done a million times before; dragging symbols around to match three together. The game is remarkably minimalist and very simple to play, controlling the symbols with your finger and moving them vertically or horizontally. Ultimately you have to get a line or a group of three matching symbols to make them disappear and win your points. Play until you run out of moves, then start again to beat your best scores.
The game helpfully tells you how many potential moves you have left after each turn, which goes red if it drops to three or less. Symbols drop at random so it can take you from having dozens of possible moves to very few. You therefore need to deploy a little strategy to do particularly well, perhaps keeping one move ‘safe’ in case you get stuck. This all creates a game which is far trickier than its name or genre history implies.
The game arguably lacks much in the way of features. Now, if you like your puzzle gaming stripped down and without frills, this is fine, but for some the lack of options; modes, introduction of new symbols, levels, scoreboards, sharing, etc. might mean it becomes boring quickly. I found the game to be fun to dabble with in short bursts but I think it’s longevity is limited compared to other titles. I also noted that the animation is a bit choppy. This doesn’t ruin the game, but I felt it could be smoother to play.
If you like puzzle games, this is definitely worth trying. Not only is it free but it’s simple to play, mildly addictive and certainly requires more skill than other games in the ‘match-three-of-the-same’ gaming genre. It might not keep you entertained for long, but it’ll certainly kill some time.
Match 3 – Gameplay (1)
Match 3 – Gameplay (2)
Match 3 – Gameplay (3)
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Match 3 – Combos
Match 3 – Moves warning
Match 3 – Game over
If you enjoy this type of puzzle game, you’ll be sure to like Match 3. Gameplay is automatically familiar and certainly rewarding. Gameplay options however, are thin on the ground so it might not be a game that keeps you occupied for too long.
If you play the game in short bursts every now and again, casually then, it can be addictive- especially if you find time to play games for a few minutes at a time.
The visuals are deliberately simplistic. It introduces a very clean ‘Holo’ aesthetic and looks good. I was less impressed with the choppy animation involved in moving the symbols, but this isn’t a massive deal.
Accelerometer, Vibration & Sound:
No sound or vibration. Very minimalist.