Damian Filigree: the Book of Thoth Review
- Interesting puzzle variation for three-match.
- Bonuses earned help Damian to survive.
- Endless gameplay with little variation.
- Animations crammed in below the puzzle.
Damian Filigree: the Book of Thoth tries to pull off an interesting variation on the three-match style, but doesn't quite follow through.
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I've never really understood the whole Indiana Jones / exploration of ancient deadly temples thing - I mean half the time you either die to some undead creature, curse or trap and almost every other time you unleash some nightmare on the world that was sealed away for a reason. Oh well, it seems that in Damian Filigree: the Book of Thoth by Bloomsix you'll need to sprint your way through subterranean corridors, avoiding traps and solving puzzles in order to escape a Mummy that's guarding an ancient artifact.
And surprise, surprise you'll need to solve three-match puzzles to do so, but thankfully there's a twist on the standby puzzle that keeps things interesting, at least for a little while. Matching three or more symbols will clear them out, helping you to move further along the corridor, however you're presented with a row of tiles that will reverse an entire length of tiles depending on how far you tap. Once you've wrapped your head around the basics this becomes incredibly easy to pull off, though later on the real challenge comes from identifying the three matchable tiles amongst the mix on your screen.
The tiles themselves take up most of the screen, which leaves little room for the animated visuals below and this is a shame because watching Filigree as he dodges traps or the Mummy as it lumbers around is quite amusing.
Damian Filigree: the Book of Thoth tries something different and with a bit more variety in the gameplay it could definitely keep you coming back. As it is the game is fun for a short while, but even arcade puzzle fans may tire of it too soon.
DescriptionDamian Filigree is an exciting puzzle adventure game for the iPhone/iPod. Combine hieroglyphs with the same symbol by swapping the right stones. Gather items and powerups to avoid traps, and escape the mummy before it catches you!
You are Damian Filigree, a grave robber and fortune seeker on an expedition to steal the legendary Book of Thoth.
Archeologists recently uncovered the burial ground of the Egyptian deity Thoth in the City of the Dead. The Book of Thoth, a priceless tome that is said to grant its reader arcane powers, rests deep in the chambers of the newly discovered pyramid.
Explore the vast corridors leading up to the master chamber. Your journey is long and dangerous, filled with traps. Can you obtain this legendary artifact? Play the adventures of Damian Filigree in his perilous quest for the Book of Thoth.
* Addictive puzzle adventure
* Classic adventure game graphics
* Achievements and Leaderboards
* OpenFeint and GameCenter support
* Detached control
theportablegamer.com: "With so many good games in this genre, finding one that really stands out is like finding a four-leaf clover in a field green. Yet, when you do stumble upon that gem, it really shines of awesomeness. Damian Filigree happens to be that four-leaf clover in the field."
How To Play:
You basically have to match three of the same symbols. To do this, you can tap any one of the stones. All stones up till the one you tapped will swap. For example:
If you tap on stone 4, 4 becomes 1, 3 becomes 2, 2 becomes 3, and 1 becomes 1
Every time you manage to match up three or more, the stones will break, and Damian will get the next stones from the wall. By clearing the walls you can lead Damian through the corridors in the bottom of the screen.
Traps, Chains and Items:
If you make multiple combinations, you will receive CHAIN bonuses. With these chains, you will automatically receive an item, which can be used to survive traps.
If you fail to survive a trap, you will lose one heart, and eventually die.
Some traps contain treasures which give you power-ups you can use. This becomes handy later in the game, to revive your health, or dispel the mummy.
What's New in Version 1.0.2* Added hints in first level to get you started
* It is now possible to drag the stones
* Fixed tutorial crash
* First-time launch will always show tutorial after starting
* OpenFeint 2.7.5