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Plunder! Review

By , on September 21, 2010


Plunder!
4 out of 5

PROS

  • Fun, replayable puzzle gameplay.
  • Freemium model with 'tokens' that you can earn over time or in game.

CONS

  • Random elements of the puzzle can become frustrating on some attempts.

VERDICT

As always a free game, especially a relatively decent one, is never something to snub your nose at, but thankfully Plunder! is definitely worth your time and even if you run out of tokens you can always come back later.


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UPDATE: The game has been temporarily pulled from the App Store due to a rather nasty bug. A representative from Big Fish Games has said that they want to best serve their customers by not allowing the bug to continue to affect new players and will be back online once they are confident the issue is closed. So just hang tight and you'll be blowing up mines before you know it ;)

Without a doubt it's no coincidence that Plunder! by Big Fish Games was released before the weekend of September 19th (Google is your friend if you're confused), but this puzzle title isn't just cashing in on some good timing, it's a genuinely fun and addictive game to play.

The premise is simple; your pirates are stuck on the left side of the screen and you need to get them all to safety by blowing up mines set to trap you. While some of these mines are already primed, others remain innert, requiring shrapnel sent out by active mines to hit and activate them. However, while it would be easy enough to escape given some time to work out the perfect combo of shots, there's no point in being a pirate if you can't make out with a bit of booty. Shrapnel can be used to shoot down enemy ships for rewards that include extra lives, gold for points and even extra coins to spend on new games.

Oh that's right, this is a freemium title. I say 'oh' because even on a handful of coins you're likely to spend quite some time before finally reaching a game over (potentially earning more coins in the process) and should you use up your lot you'll earn a new coin every day for another play. Coins are, of course, available for purchase in game and while this may feel like a rort it's a clever way for players to merely pay as much as they want for the game (and who honestly feels like they're going to play through 600+ games anyway?).

Plunder! is a simple, but clever puzzle title and for a free game that can waste a good chunk of your time each day that's not a bad deal.

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