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Boom Boom Gems review (iPod/iPhone)

March 21, 2011

“Boom, boom, boom, boom, I wanna double boom”

10 word description: Arcade gem colour matching; sci-fi style; particle explosion system.

Not your usual Match-3 game...

10 word review: Smooth, constantly moving evolution of match-3; Classic, versus via GC multiplayer.

Once again, my static screen shots don't do the effects in a game any justice

You will like this if you enjoy: Match-3 games, Drop7 (the match-3 with numbers aspect), Bubble-bursting games.

The good news: Looks good, plays fast. You will not get bored playing this!

To wait for a big chain or hammer frantically at any doubler available...? That is the question.

The bad news: For average players (me) the point you get swamped by gems is around 2 and a half minutes. Some may consider this game to get too hard too quickly.

Just over a minute in ... that ominous red border effect means it's almost Game Over time.

Arcadelife verdict: This is a very respectable attempt at blending the basic match-3 concept with a constantly moving bubble-popping style game environment. Although the colour matching is about as intuitive as it could be, the addition of numbered gems, and unique gems which introduce immediate challenges, add a significant depth and a high degree of challenge.

The version being reviewed is the latest update, which has addressed several issues and complaints about the original version. The result of this is a game that definitely looks the part, featuring very smooth movement and some nice particle effects, is fun to play but also features a fairly steep difficulty curve which often leads to a feeling of being overwhelmed by gems quickly filling the screen.

Overall this is a very enjoyable, fast and challenging evolution of the match-3 genre, but be prepared to put some time in honing your skills before you think about making your mark on the GC leaderboards.

The version of  that Arcadelife reviewed is 2.0 

iTunes link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (OS 4.3)
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