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.
10 word review: Stress-free, line-drawing match game. Free with unobtrusive ads.
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.
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 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.
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.
Visuals – 8/10
Audio – 7/10
Controls – 8/10
Content – 7/10
Fun – 7.5/10
Final rating – 75/100
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.1.1
Wanderling Games website link