Rainbow Link review (iOS / Universal)

February 27, 2012

“I don’t care, ‘cos I like your style
Don’t know about your brain but you look alright”

10 word description: Clear grid by linking matching tiles. 3 modes, tutorial, Game Center.

You link the fruit by drawing rainbow lines with your finger between 2 or more matching blocks

10 word review: Stress-free, line-drawing match game. Free with unobtrusive ads.

Some forward planning is required in order to completely clear the board

You will like this if you enjoy: Match-3 games that do as much as possible not to be straight match-3 games. Fruit in video games.

If you're quick enough, you can try drawing a smiley face or something rather more offensive. It isn't part of the game, but it's still fun

The good news: Very clear and professional looking graphics – who knew there were so many different kinds of fruit? Nice mix of strategic board clearing and rainbow effect line drawing, all with no time limit. There’s an undo button.

The addition of new fruit after every level adds to the complexity of each new board

The bad news: It can feel a bit too easy (in normal mode) until you start to fail under the sheer weight of all those different types of fruit. I lost all my progress in a game that had gone beyond level 19 when the low battery pop-up caused the game to crash; when it came back, there was no ‘resume’ option. On the smaller iPhone/iPod screen, I missed a couple of fruits that I thought I’d touched, just because of the fruit size versus my finger size. It’s perfectly ok on iPad.

Hard mode. I have one move left and the board is red and twitchy, just to let me know I'm close to failure

Arcadelife verdict: I’d never use “It’s free!” as a reason to get any app store game, as the app store is full of free stuff and much of it is pretty dire. However, this game is very nice and … It’s free! Sure, there’s an IAP to remove the ads, get a bit more cosmetic content and double your level completion bonuses (ooh, sneaky) but the free version is plenty good enough to keep you happily absorbed for quite a while. The ads, although always there, are about as unobtrusive as they could be. The crash that lost me a fairly decent score was annoying; hopefully that doesn’t happen too frequently.

Arcadelife rating

Visuals – 8/10
Audio – 7/10
Controls – 8/10
Content – 7/10
Fun – 7.5/10
Final rating – 75/100

Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.1.1
iTunes link

Wanderling Games website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (OS 5.0.1)
iPad (OS 5.0.1)

One comment

  1. [Game author here]

    Hey, great writeup – thanks for checking out my game, and I’m thrilled you like it! Although I’m glad you played it until your battery died , that crash is a problem. I’ll dig into it and get it resolved in the 1.2 update.


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