Musings From Us Entries For Match 3

The following are the various articles that have been filed and posted under the category of Software / Match 3 that can be found here at Musings From Us, for your enjoyment.

Gummy Drop!

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Gameplay:★★★★☆ 
Graphics:★★★★☆ 
Sound:★★★★☆ 
Value:★★★★★ 
Fun Factor:★★★★★ 
Overall:★★★★½ 

This is a Free to Play game, but so addictive. If you have the patience to wait for your three turns, and the strategic mind to hold on to them, you will heartily enjoy this candy match 3 game that takes you around the world. New cities are added as the game is updated and upgraded. There are also tools that you can win or pay for if you don’t have the patience to wait for them to come along in daily events, lottery winnings, or other items.

You start in Sydney, and work your way westward, with various stops along the way in each town as you build up resources, like knowledge, building materials, and luxuries. There are also side puzzles that can help you gain materials by helping out scientists, city engineers, and media personalities. With each puzzle you get three attempts to earn coins to help pay for upgrades, resources centers, and game tools and enhancers. The bright candies are flavours of lemon yellow, cherry red hearts, blue raz triangles, green apple, chocolate octagons, and grape purple squares.

The Adventures of Jason and the Argonauts

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Gameplay:★★★☆☆ 
Graphics:★★★☆☆ 
Sound:★★★☆☆ 
Value:★★☆☆☆ 
Fun Factor:★★☆☆☆ 
Overall:★★½☆☆ 

Although I did enjoy the story breaks in the game about the classic hero Jason and his crew from Argos, I found the game to be mediocre, and pretty much a waste of time. The graphics looked washed out instead of classical, and it was hard to determine what icon was what under the foggy mists.

As you went along in the game, you would get gifts from the Olympians, but you had to find their gold icons in the grids to activate them. Hera’s icon was a peacock, Athena’s was an owl, Zeus’ was a eagle, and so on. Often, hunting for these golden birds would distract from the match 3 subject matter of the game itself, and the gift you would receive sometimes would no be worth the effort you put into getting it.

The Treasures Of Montezuma

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Gameplay:★★★☆☆ 
Graphics:★★★★☆ 
Sound:★★★☆☆ 
Value:★★★☆☆ 
Fun Factor:★★★☆☆ 
Overall:★★★¼☆ 

This is where it began, with an archeology student, Dr. Emily Jones, and a mission, which turns out to be far more involved than she ever imagined. So, using a grid, some funky coloured stones, many gems, and some crazy magickal tools, she sets off to find the connexion between the ancient civilizations both in the New and Olde World.

So, here with go, with a swap-style match 3 game done during the earlier days at the developers of Alawar Games, when for some reason, they were rather picky on how one could proceed to the next level in one of their games. In The Treasures Of Montezuma, like in many of their earlier games, you have to get everything they requested in a insanely short allotment of time, or you cannot proceed to the next puzzle until you do. This is where those tools come in handy. Your best bet is to work with those things that grant you more time. The orange idols, and the little clocks that appear on the grid when you get a special combo or a big score. As many times as it is nice to hear that guy say “Score Frenzy!” it is not going to help you when you need that extra time to get all the gems needed to get to the next level, and the number keeps rising with next level.

The Treasures of Montezuma 4

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Gameplay:★★★★☆ 
Graphics:★★★★☆ 
Sound:★★★☆☆ 
Value:★★★☆☆ 
Fun Factor:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★½☆ 

This is the fourth installment for the The Treasures of Montezuma series. It has a backstory featuring young Montezuma and his beloved, Anaokoa, as they attempt to escape the Spanish invader of Tenochtitlan via mystic portal. Montezuma escapes, Anaokoa does not, and we are fast-forward to our current time where an archeology student, Anna, has felt a connexion to the Aztec city and culture, and is soon off on her own expedition to learn about what haunts her dreams. That is where the game begins.

The game play is pretty much the same as in the other The Treasures of Montezuma games, but the goals of the puzzles differ, which actually gives a little more variety to the game, and makes level goals easier to obtain. Some levels are timed and you must reach a certain score. In some levels, you try to catch frogs on your grid, and in others, you break up the grid to create a waterway. This is much better than trying to get a certain number of gems before time runs out. As with most Alawar games, the timers are unrealistic. I do hope they find a way to make those clocks more user-friendly in the near future.

Heroes of Hellas

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Gameplay:★★★★☆ 
Graphics:★★★☆☆ 
Sound:★★★☆☆ 
Value:★★★★★ 
Fun Factor:★★★★★ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

With all movies that have come out over the last few years set using Classical Greek mythos and legends, I was surprised that I had neglected to review Heroes of Hellas when I has already done so with its sequels. In this chain-based match 3 game, we are on assignment by Zeus to gather all the main heroes of legend, from the ill-fated Icarus to the mighty Hercules to hunt down a stolen artifact that has been taken into Hades realm. So, before we can cross the river Styx, we will use these chains of icons to find Icarus, Achilles, Perseus, Odysseus, Jason, Hercules and more to hunt down one really bad dude, King Tantalus.