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Very nice graphics, terrific game.
on October 10, 2012
This game consists of two different modes of match-3 gameplay: "Arcade" is the classic "drag the third piece into place" type, while "Casual" involves dragging your finger to select as many connecting pieces of the same color as possible.
Both versions utilize backgrounds of various shapes and darkness, with the objective being to completely transform the background to the lightest shade (by repeatedly making a match on each spot, the color progresses from black through to a light golden shade), at which point a "jewel star" appears, and all pieces below it must be removed for it to reach the bottom and finish the level.
There are many special-effect pieces including extra time, lightning bolts, and bombs of various strengths. that may be acquired by making exceptional matches. (Some levels are shaped in such a way that the only way to clear the level is by use of these special pieces.)
Both the Arcade and Casual modes include two "worlds," the second being locked until you play 160 levels of the impressive 297 of the first world of each respective game type (ostensibly, assuming a similar 300ish levels in the second worlds, resulting in nearly 1200 levels).
There are controls for turning off/on the music/sound-effect volume (but not sliders, so the whole device must be turned down if the sounds are louder than you'd prefer (and watch out, because some of the bombs really make their presence known :O) ). There is no option of turning off hints, which is one of my unwanted distractions, but the hinting is at least somewhat subtle.
The English is a bit ragged, but not enough to be totally debilitating to the game. The help is just enough to get you started, but provides none of the finer points of gameplay (such as how to obtain various power-ups, or what they actually do, or how to achieve bonus time/score conditions (in approx 30 levels between the two versions, I was never able to get bonus time, even though there was sometimes 3/4 of the timer left, and the score received 3 (the highest) stars) -- no big deal to me, I'm just curious, but others may find this frustrating).
The game progresses nicely enough to not be overly bothered by the lack of specifics: the power-ups appear, and do their thing -- good enough for me. :O) Perhaps there are some details on the dev's site, I wasn't bothered enough by the lack to search them out.
Overall, this is a solid 4-star game. With an edit of the (very few) English messages, and an enhanced help file, this could easily be a 5. Very, very nice for a free game -- thanks, devs!