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Azkend HD iPad Review

By , on April 19, 2010


Azkend HD
Download on the AppStore
4 out of 5

PROS

  • Larger and more complex puzzle grids.
  • Unique artwork themes.
  • Multiple 'endless' modes.

CONS

  • Not a huge change from the iPhone version.
  • Still unable to 'replay' levels for gold stars.

VERDICT

The original Azkend was beautifully simple and visually stunning and Azkend HD for the iPad has focused on these aspects while adding a bit more of a challenge for fans of the game.


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Azkend HD brings 10tons' beautiful puzzler to the iPad along with even more stunning visual upgrades. As with most iPad 'remakes' there's not a lot of difference between the iPhone original and its 'bigger' iPad version, but small gameplay tweaks gives Azkend another breath of fresh-air that might sway those yet to be convinced.

Azkend is essentially another match-3 game with a twist. Instead of swapping tiles, players must manipulate the board by drawing paths along the hexagonal grid to select as many matching tiles as possible with the ultimate aim of creating a match for every tile on the board. Abnormal tiles present challenges like requiring multiple matches to trigger, but unlocked 'talismans' add special tiles that can help to clear the board quickly. Paths are easy to draw and can be reversed if you change your mind midway.

Talismans are unlocked as you progress, which also unlocks an 'endless' mode for each one. Every now and then a small 'eye-spy' game is tied in to the narrative and usually isn't too hard to complete, but also provides a nice break-up from the repetitive gameplay. With 70+ levels to complete there's a lot to do and the beautiful digitally painted backgrounds along with the serene soundtrack set a relaxing mood from start to finish.

Larger levels and visual tweaks may only be small upgrades from the iPhone original, but Azkend HD for the iPad is an enchanting experience that will keep most casual puzzle fans entertained for hours.

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