Matt’s still trying to befriend the Frankenstein’s monster of arcade puzzlers
Hopefully, if you’ve been following our iOS reviews, you’ve played Threes, the superb puzzle game we reviewed back in MF271. Puzzlejuice was the previous game by Sirvo, Threes’ developer, and we still love to dive back in, when we want to mix fun with frustration.
It blends together elements of colour-matching games, Tetris and Bookworm into a coherent whole. Blocks fall into a well, and you need to try to complete a line. But those blocks also have coloured squares on them, and matching patches of the same colour also helps you clear blocks. However, getting a line or completing a large area of colour doesn’t remove the blocks‚ it turns them into letters. Spell a word using those letters and you can remove the blocks. Once you get the hang of it, it’s fun to juggle everything. There are power-ups, too, just to add to the insanity.
It’s very much a game for those looking for a challenge, and is a great upgrade if you’ve become good at playing Tetris or SpellTower. Its ability to make you feel like a novice at familiar concepts makes for a beautifully fresh challenge, even though most of it is recognisable.