Azkend 2 - The World Beneath Review
- An interesting take on match three.
- Tying the gameplay into an ongoing narrative, with little bouts of variation.
- The gameplay is at odds with the narrative and makes the whole thing feel disjointed.
Certainly aimed towards casual players, Azkend 2 combines an interesting spin on match three gameplay with an adventurous tale.
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Traveling on a boat from Liverpool, England to New York, you find yourself swept up in a maelstrom and awaken beneath the waves, embarking on an adventure full of wondrous locations untouched and unseen by any explorer before. To back up this intriguing tale with gameplay, Azkend 2 takes the popular match three formula, adds its own unique spin, and throws in some easy hidden object diversion for good measure.
The match three game is based around fixing or acquiring lost or broken objects. For instance, before you hit the opening sea hole you have to play multiple games to fix your binoculars and compass piece by piece. The board is covered in fog and dragging your finger along three or more of the same token will help remove it. Once the fog is gone, the object you require appears at the top of the board and then needs to be shuffled through to the bottom in order to complete the stage. Removing the fog is done by charging up five small matches to unleash a lightning attack, or a similar fog removing bolt can be achieved by matching six or more pieces. Later on objects like the compass are added to the board and matching them up triggers power-ups and bonuses.
The hidden object game consists of a small part of the screen shown in the top right corner, and the player having to find that section of the picture and tap it. The clock ticks down as you need to meet a quota of screenshots found.
Even though the visuals are manipulations of painted backdrops, they are quite impressive (though overstay their welcome a little), and the voice acting is pretty good. It's just that with the constant breaks to get to the match three game, and with the hidden object game feeling like filler, there's a big disconnect between the story the game is trying to tell, and the fun match three experience they have to offer. There's some good here, but the pacing is certainly not for everyone.
DescriptionStep aboard a fantastic adventure! Enjoy amazing match-3 gameplay and discover some of the most astonishing worlds ever imagined.
Do you have an iPad? There's also an universal HD version available!
"Azkend 2 is a gorgeous tile-matching puzzle game ideal for casual gamers."
"Azkend 2 is a surprise on every level, combining puzzles and a great story for a memorable adventure."
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"Overall, I was extremely impressed with the quality of Azkend 2. The puzzles are lots of fun and challenging. The app has exceptional graphics and is very well designed. I highly recommend this game."
"Azkend 2 HD is a terrific 4.5-Dimple stud."
"An elegantly designed puzzle adventure game with astonishing looks."
While traveling from Liverpool to New York, your ship was pulled down into a massive maelstrom. You woke up in a place that may have never been gazed upon by the eyes of men. From now on, your goal is to ascend from the bowels of the Earth and return to civilization.
Enjoy dozens of exciting levels with varying gameplay in the Story Mode. Your story, drawing inspiration from Jules Verne, is told with gorgeous full screen animated scenes and professional voice overs. Experience awe and wonder as the eight fantastic scenes change as you move through them.
Azkend 2: The World Beneath features several different and exciting level types. The game features nearly twenty unique powerups and more than a dozen achievements. Choose your powerups wisely for each level to hasten your journey.
The game includes two challenge game modes, Time and Medals. The Time challenge is a bite-sized two minute game where you must score as many points as possible to gain fame on the Game Center leaderboards. In Medals challenge get to replay all the levels from Story Mode and attempt to earn a medal from each one.
- Carefully polished gameplay and controls
- Eight unique hand drawn and animated scenes
- Three game modes; Adventure, Time and Medals
- More than 60 levels in the Story Mode
- Game Center leaderboards for the Time challenge
- More than a dozen Game Center achievements
- Professional voice overs in the story scenes
- Cinematic soundtrack by Jonathan Geer
Check out the trailer here: http://bit.ly/azkend2vid
What's New in Version 1.2.0- Four inch Retina screen support
- Levels have a couple of extra tile columns on the side on iPhone 5 due to the wider screen.
- Minor UI improvements
- Lightning effect darkening toned down a bit
- Minor sound effects improvements
- Gameplay balancing according to the analytics.