Title: 3D Twist and Match
System(s): *iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release Date: February 25, 2011
Publisher (Developer): Bulkipix
ESRB Rating: “Everyone”
Pros: Different themes and difficulty levels, cool music and addictive fun.
Cons: Pretty much the same thing no matter what level you play.
Overall Score: One thumb Up, One Sideways; 86 out of 100; B; * * * 1/2 out of 5.
Puzzle games are always a big hit and the more unique they are the better. 3D Twist and Match is just that, a different concept that adds a new (no pun-intended) “twist” to the puzzle games you are use to.
A game Chubby Checker would love
3D Twist and Match is just what the name implies: You twist around the different shapes until they fit into their shadowy match. The shapes come in all sorts of images including kitchen appliances, tools, animals and even dinosaurs. You have to spin the shape around using upward, downward and sideways flicks of your finger. The shape is always right on top of its shadow so you just need to keep flipping and twisting until the piece fits. When it fits you get a “good job” or “awesome” notification, then 3D Twist and Match quickly moves on to the next piece, doing so until the level it over. If you take too long on one piece, the game will switch to the next one and you lose points.
There are also difficulty levels ranging from beginner to advanced, that spruce up the playability. Advanced looks easy at first, but you quickly notice how hard it really is when you start flipping around pieces and seeing that they just don’t quite fit the way you thought they would.
Simple and unique
3D Twist and Match‘s concept is very simple, and different than a lot of other puzzle games on the market. The problem is that it is very repetitive. There are three different modes, Arcade, Frenzy and Free Play, but I didn’t notice much of a difference in them.
The only variation in the game are the difficulty levels and the themes which, to the game’s defense, did make the game more enjoyable. Such themes include holidays, jobs, and household items. I found myself wondering what theme would be next. Plus, each new theme added needed variety to the game
3D Twist and Match‘s controls take some getting used to as well. I recommend looking at the control help screen since it gives you a good idea of how to manipulate the game. Trying to wing it might leave you feeling annoyed when the piece doesn’t flip the way you want it to. Another downside is that 3D Twist and Match is difficult to get into. When you first start playing you may find it is boring. You have to power through and keep playing, to realize that it is actually really fun and even addictive. This is because the pace speeds up and levels start getting more random.
Twisting the night away?
3D Twist and Match is fun and had a unique concept, but also rather redundant. If you don’t mind that in a puzzle game, then you might like this game. The background music is pleasant, the themes really added to the replayability and once you really start playing, you might find it difficult to stop. Most importantly, 3D Twist and Match only costs a buck, so you don’t have much to lose.
Site: 3D Twist and Match