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Monster Flip Review

By , on March 9, 2012


Monster Flip
  • Publisher: PikPok
  • Genre: Arcade
  • Released: 8 Mar, 2012
  • Size: 18.1 MB
  • Price: $0.99
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4 out of 5

PROS

  • Feels like a puzzle first and a three-match game second; not your usual throw-away arcade title.
  • Intriguing 'Sequence' mode; static board of monsters used to compete against others around the world.
  • Slick, energetic cartoon design; hilarious 'help' menu information.

CONS

  • Outside of the polished presentation and Sequence mode the game lacks a truly spin on the genre.

VERDICT

For the hardcore puzzlers, grabbing Monster Flip just to compete against others via the thought-provoking 'Sequence' mode is worth the purchase all by itself - for everyone else you get a polished, cute and at times hilarious arcade puzzler that feels more like a two-for-one with its arcade and puzzle modes being pulled apart.


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[Monster Flip is the Mini-Review for the Friday Wrap-Up for the 9th of March, 2012]

When it comes to presentation, developer PikPok doesn't mess about - 'vibrant', 'colorful' and 'exciting' are generally always applicable to their work, with some efforts (such as their work on Monsters Ate My Condo) taking things to a whole new extreme level. Despite its clean appearance, Monster Flip is no less energetic, especially once you get in to the roll of things and kick off a huge combo, complete with the usual explosions and announcements of how cool you are. However this isn't your basic three-match title - players must reverse groups of three or more monsters in order to make matches. Sounds easy? It would be if not for the increasingly common 'angry' monster that appears on the board, providing you with a limited amount of turns before they explode and end your run. Thankfully there's more to the game than just a basic 'Arcade' style mode and players can quickly unlock a 'Puzzle' mode where they'll need to clear the board of monsters with a limited amount of moves; 'Countdown' sets a timer and quickly ramps up the difficulty; and last of all 'Sequence' provides something entirely unique - a preset board of Monsters that is the same for every player in the world; with only 50 moves available you'll compete with others on the leaderboards for coming up with the highest scoring sequence. Three-match games get a bad-wrap as they often imitate and fail to innovate - Monster Flip is more style than substance, but what is on offer is diverse, clever and best of all, just as fun as you'd expect it to be.

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