You Must Build a Boat
And you must play this game — because it’s really very good indeed
£2.29 Developer EightyEight Games, eightyeightgames.com
Works with iPhone, iPod touch, iPad Version 1.0.1617
You Must Build A Boat gleefully mashes the endless runner and match-three puzzle genres with plenty of good-natured humour to make one of the most compelling iOS games available.
At the top of the screen, your little fellow sprints for his life. On reaching a trap, lock or adversary, you match tiles from the grid below; say, a key to unlock a treasure chest, or swords to get all stabby. It’s all about careful timing, a modicum of planning and more than a little luck.
Get pushed off the left side of the screen by messing up too often and it’s game over. You can’t lose, though. Instead, you merely count your spoils from the previous run, which enable you to power up your weaponry and eventually build a boat.
Perhaps surprisingly, the game is finite, but it takes days to reach the end, requiring devotion rarely seen in ‘time attack’ titles, yet we enjoyed every minute. Craig Grannell
A superb mash-up of endless runner and match puzzler that should appeal to veterans and casual gamers alike.
Dealing double damage by getting four tiles in a row! Five nets even bigger prizes.