Push Panic Review
- Frantic block-tapping gameplay.
- An elegant mixture of pacing with power-ups that tempt you to wait one second longer.
- Color eye-candy visuals and smooth effects.
- Live online score comparisons.
- 'Classic' mode is too slow to progress; hard to use as a practice tool.
- Buggy 'slowdown' issues with iOS 4.1.
Push Panic is a perfect companion for those who want to blast away a few spare minutes or those who want to push the boundaries of their high-score skills; a great addition to anyone's collection.
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At this point, trying to create something that feels new in the three-match style of arcade puzzle gameplay is one heck of a challenge, but Appular seem to have cracked the formula with Push Panic by taking a new direction. Instead of allowing blocks to disappear all by themselves, players will need to match up the tiles by tapping (or 'pushing') them, while preventing the screen from filling up and spilling over.
At first the challenge seems almost unworthy of trying, merely awarding points for tapping blocks as they randomly tumble down the screen and waiting for the largest combination possible before clearing them out. However, while the classic mode may be slow to take off, it's really just a training ground for those willing to dive in to the alternative 'Color', 'Time' and 'Score' Panic modes. 'Manic' doesn't even begin to cover the gameplay as you either attempt to score huge points while preventing more than eight of the same color appearing on the screen; play within a time limit; or attempt to reach obscene scores in an endless mode.
Outside of restrictions like running out of time or having too many of the same color on screen, the real challenge of Push Panic comes from attempting to maximize your combo while not allowing your screen to fill up too quickly. This is further complicated by power-ups that allow you to chain together colors, multiply your combo score and even select mass amounts of blocks instantly.
Much like other arcade titles, Push Panic is all about high-scores and perhaps one of the best features is its 'live' score system that keeps track of your current position in the boards as you progress. This is a huge motivator and an excellent way to keep players coming back for more. Push Panic may start off slow, but once you're in things only start to get better over time.
DescriptionRated as Top 25 Game of 2010 By MetaCritic!
"Snap it up while you can." -Destructoid.com
"4/4, Perfect Score.....A Must Have!" -SlideToPlay.com
"Push Panic may have single handedly changed my mind on casual games....I knew I was hooked on the game when I realized I had been playing it for 3 hours straight."
"Straightforward colour-matching mechanics, challenging modes, and excellent replay value make Push Panic highly recommended!" 8/10, Silver Award -Tracy Erickson, PocketGamer.co.uk
"Push Panic – a title that thoroughly deserves great fortune and success. 4/5 ADDICTIVE." -Jennifer Allen, 148Apps.com
"Appular has somehow managed to achieve the impossible with this colourful and frenetic box tapping challenge by injecting new life into the oversubscribed match-three puzzle market." 8/10 -QualityIndex.com
WHAT IS PUSH PANIC?
Push Panic is an exciting and colorful new puzzle game that introduces four frantically fun game modes and fast-paced gameplay!
Tap the boxes to blast combinations off the screen before the pile reaches the red panic bar and topples over! Push Panic includes 75 intense levels. Each of the four exhilarating game modes introduces explosive new challenges.
SO MANY WAYS TO PLAY!
Triumph over your friends in four exciting gameplay modes:
- Classic Panic
- Color Panic
- Time Panic
- Score Panic
Game Center integration provides tons of achievements and allows for competition in real time on global leaderboards. You can also tweet your scores!
GO FOR THE GOLD!
Achieve olympic-like greatness by completing objectives and earning bronze, silver or gold medals!
Randomly falling power-up blocks include chain-links to combine multiple color strings, point multipliers, time freezes, bombs, and a bar-raising block that gives you more wiggle room!
Link as many colored blocks together as possible for massive combos and bonuses to earn numerous medals and outrank your friends!
Can you handle the onslaught of blocks without losing your cool?
What's New in Version 1.2* 25 Brand new levels!
* Now a universal app!
* OpenFeint Leaderboards/Achievements replaced by Game Center
* Live Rankings load faster and are now based on Game Center
* Twitter integrated. Tweet your scores!
* 8 new achievements to unlock
* Tweaked levels 1 to 35, 40 and 50
* Exhilarating new background music
* Updated menu background GFX
* Added background particles
* Faster loading screens
* Icon changed a bit
* Reduced memory usage
* Small bug fixes