Puzzle Craft Review
- 8-way tile swiping; allows for huge, complex matches.
- Layered gameplay elements keeps leading you towards new goals; never without purpose in your play.
- Timed bonuses actually feel like bonuses; not necessary to enjoy the game.
- Never really shifts out of low-gear; new resources are introduced, but it's all much the same from start to 'finish'.
Puzzle Craft is a fine blend of addictive casual gameplay elements, giving rise to a puzzler that you'll gladly keep coming back to without the usual guilt-factor associated with repetitive gathering.
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'Casual' match-three mechanics; timers that spit out the occasional bonus; resource management tied to tiers of resource management... surely this is a recipe for disaster? It's a mix we've seen slapped together in the 'freemium' model, but is it really such a bad thing at all? Ars Thanea Games and Chillingo prove that you can have your cake and eat it too, pairing all the addictive elements of a freemium title together with a well balanced and deep sense of progression that feels rewarding instead of a vicious time-sink.
At its most basic level your goal is to build your kingdom from the ground up, starting with a simple farm, quarry and town hall. As you add more buildings and recruit more citizens, your ability to gather resources ramps up, giving you access to all new tiers of buildings... and you can see how this plays out.
To gather these resources you'll need to head down to the ground level, dropping in to a familiar grid set up where players can swipe vertically, horizontally and diagonally to match three or more tiles. Much like Dungeon Raid, this allows for huge combos which are appropriately rewarded with bonus points and tiles of a higher tier. The efficiency of these resource gathering ventures can be increased thanks to craftable tools, most of which require lower level resources.
Don't forget your citizens either - crafting homes and employing them reduces the amount of tiles required to create a stack of resources and if all else fails you can hit up the marketplace to trade your goods for more gold.
It's this deep weaving and layering of elements that means you always have something to do in Puzzle Craft; be it choosing the next best upgrade to your town; burning all the gold you have on gathering as many resources as possible; or collecting the 'taxes' that give you a tangible boost to your progress.
Puzzle Craft is the balanced application of casual and addictive features and as such a complete threat to any moment of spare time you have.
DescriptionApp Store Best of 2012
Included in the 'New ways to play' category.
This app offers in-app purchases. You may restrict in-app purchasing using your device settings.
IGN People Choice Award Winner 2012!
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Some villagers have started a new settlement and they've put you in charge. In Puzzle Craft you take control of an entire populace and must help them grow their settlement into a bustling city! To do this you will need to farm, mine, collect taxes, hire workers and more. Blending two forms of gameplay for the first time, Puzzle Craft is as unique as it is addicting.
"Puzzle Craft is the most addictive puzzle mash-up to hit the App Store this year." — IGN
"Puzzle Craft is one of the deepest puzzle games we've played on iOS..." — Slide To Play
"Combining tile matching mentalities with town building is a curious mix but it works for Puzzle Craft." — 148 Apps
"An excellent blend of empire building and match-three strategy..." — Modojo
"Everything about the game is fantastic..." — App-Score
• Part town building sim, part match-three puzzler, Puzzle Craft blends two gameplay modes together for the first time ever.
• Incredibly deep gameplay, there's always something to do!
• Craft tools to aid with farming and mining.
• Hire villagers to help out around the settlement.
• Create special buildings to increase productivity!
• Universal build; plays great on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
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