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Developer updated the app! It's a LOT better now! A LOT better! 3 MORE stars better! ;)
on July 10, 2013
ORIGINAL REVIEW TITLE: "The odds are well stacked against you... and that is NO FUN! (Update: Dev response in comments!)" (was 2 stars)
NEW REVIEW UPDATE IS HERE (original review is below it): Wow! The developer did a MAJOR update to this game and it's extremely playable now!
Here is what he/she/they posted in the comments to this review:
"Hi Thom :
I just update a new version and finish Amazon's review .
And I do these changes as below
1. Make game more easy
2. Add Mute Sound function
3. Remove extra permission
4. Add How to Play Pages
5. Add cross platform global rank service (Beta)
Please update it to try .
If you have any suggestion . Just post here .
I DO understand that the developer's first language is NOT English, and I am okay with that. The help pages are in need of an overhaul BUT I am glad that they are now there! Therefore, I am offering TO the developer, if he would like, I would offer a good English translation. NO strings. I'd just like to do it for them because, well, they really are working hard on this game to make it better.
I also appreciate that the pace of the game was slowed down somewhat. It's hard to explain in detail because I am not 100% on exactly what they changed internally in the code, BUT the game definitely "feels" different now and is quite fun to play!
They cleaned up the permissions? EXCELLENT!
Mute sound from within the game? NICE and convenient!
The new (beta) global rank service may be fun for some. I personally am not into that sort of thing BUT I can't knock it because as long as it doesn't get hacked and it stays fair, it will probably be fun for many people to compare themselves to.
Due to the hard work the developers put into this game so far, I have to say that I am TOTALLY won over and thus I can only respond by doing the right thing and raise my review to FIVE well deserved stars (up fro only TWO)! My PROPS to the developer and I look forward to future updates and also trying other games that you create!
ORIGINAL UNEDITED REVIEW IS BELOW:
Basically the idea is to line up five "balls" of one color or style in a row. Click one and you can then move it anywhere you want as long as nothing is obstructing it. However, every move you make causes more balls to pop up on the board randomly-- and that is the game's fatal flaw: the sheer amount of randomness and the plethora of new balls that get added to the board for every single move that you make. But more on that later... there is more to describe. As the new balls pop up every move, now and then "special ones" will randomly appear-- examples are bombs, "any color" balls and directional pieces (that will basically allow you to move/destroy pieces in ways you normally can't). As for bombs, if you can line up two bombs at either end of a row then it will cause an explosion, taking a bunch of pieces with it.
And then I just threw up my hands. The board just keeps filling up with random pieces faster than you can clear them no matter what you do. There's just no way to get ahead. Beyond that, I became so bored that I just couldn't continue. I had this game back on my Palm Pilot years ago and I didn't play it then either for the same reasons.
In short, the fatal flaw of this game is the sheer randomness and unfair amount of new pieces that constantly pop up. It takes away the actual skill factor because there's no way to beat this game that I could find; it is solely up to chance, each and every move you make being responded to with pure randomness by the game. Because of that there's actually no real amount of skill involved because it gets negated instantly.
Therefore, it's just an exercise in frustration and for that reason I cannot recommend it. Instead of you playing the game with any hope of logical rewards you're just playing a random board of chance.
Also, the lack of in-game instructions just show me that the developer barely cares about the game. It feels unfinished, it looks unfinished and without any instructions or anything it isn't actually finished. If the developer doesn't care about their game then why should I? Did they even play test it? If they did then how could they have missed the part about it being completely not fun (and not fair)? Even the description of the game here on Amazon is tossed together and isn't even proof read. Well, the game reflects that lack of attention to detail as well.
Don't even bother with this even as the free app of the day. It just isn't worth it.
1 star is all that I could come up with for this mess, I'm sorry.
(UPDATE: I have now raised the rating to two stars because the developer has commented below this review in my comments. I believe the developer is sincere and therefore I gave him a star for showing up and I promise that I will keep an eye on things and will raise the rating accordingly if he follows through on what he says he's going to do.)
(UPDATE 2: As you can see if you read this whole thing... I have raised the review to 5 stars and explained why, above.)