Swiggle – strategic board game to connect the lines
Jun 28, 2014 6:54 PM –
Swiggle is a good strategy board game to score the highest connecting pieces with swiggly lines on them. Play others online in a turn-based battle.
Price: Free, Offers in-app purchases
Tested on: Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Pros & Cons:
- Buggy, sluggish, and frustrating.
- Intermittent connection issues cause game to hang.
- Suffers the fate of most new turn-based games.
- On tablet, when pressing the Home button the app does not stop the music.
- Concerned about overzealous use of permissions.
As mentioned a few times, Swiggle is a good strategy game with potential yet plagued by many bugs. On to the features then the issues later. After creating an account for battling online you can either choose to set up a game with other random opponents online or play the Swiggle bot. The game board is an 11×11 matrix where you and your opponent are given 6 tiles at a time to play. You play up to 3 tiles and connect the random swiggly ends. There are numbers atop the tiles that represent the score given when tiles are played. You’ll notice the board spaces numbered 2 through 6 as the board expands- these are point multipliers. So you would want to strategically have higher scoring tiles placed there. You get one complimentary 2x point multiplier- use it wisely as any others cost real cash via in-app purchase to unlock unlimited bonuses. You can get really cunning with tactics such as purposely locking up the board or playing the 2X multiplier at just the right time towards the end.
Has Potential but Too Buggy…
The game is very frustrating to have a decent time. In my evaluation, I unfortunately was not able to get a random player in a turn based bout. There is the bot you can play, however, I experienced intermittent connection issues causing game to hang. I had very little success on the phone but slightly more on the tablet. Though on a tablet, when pressing the Home button when done with the game it does not stop the music. You have to kill in the task manager in order to stop it. While playing there are small user experience annoyances like when you place a tile and the game mistakenly thinks you placed it in an incorrect spot then removes the tile. Even the swiggly motions when placing tiles are sluggish. I’m concerned with the app’s need for data usage on the Internet when playing solitaire with the bot. We’re told by the developers that it reaches out online to simulate a player, but CPU players usually need no dependence with the web. As a side note, I’m also concerned about overzealous use of permissions.
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