Saturday, March 1, 2014

"Balloon Drops" - Match 3 game for Kindle Fire

Just released, this Match 3 game for Kindle Fire starts easily and then gradually increases difficulties as obstacles are added and level objectives become more challenging. It's available now for just $0.99.

As with other "Match 3" games, a tiled board appears in a variety of patterns, and you swap adjacent tiles to line up 3 or more of the same balloons in a row. Matches of 3 or more vertical or horizontal tiles disappear, and more tiles drop in from above.

The five modes of difficulty include a "relaxed" mode, which has no timer. The more difficult modes are time-limited and have higher point thresholds to meet before moving on to the next level. Within each mode are multiple levels of gameboard patterns. No less than 300 levels are provided, so this game will keep you entertained for a good long while.

And, to keep things interesting, there are obstacles and power-ups to deal with. Obstacles are party hats and cupcakes, which cannot be moved. Obstacles can be cleared if an adjacent balloon is cleared. Similarly, a netted balloon cannot be moved or swapped; the only way to remove them is by matching the balloon behind the net with two other balloons of the same kind.

This game also has a new feature: mystery items. These are colored gift boxes, and when they're matched with balloons of the same color, they're unboxed to reveal a power-up or an obstacle.

It's another well-designed game from Bullbitz. The levels are nicely graduated, so things don't get too difficult too soon. As you progress from one level to another, a scoreboard appears showing the points you earned for each preceding level. It's a smoothly-flowing, diverting game that's a pleasure to play.

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