- Colorful presentation and easy to pick-up gameplay.
- Strangely compelling math-based puzzling.
- Boost system introduces an unappreciated 'pay to win' element to the gameplay.
KooZac is a refreshingly challenging twist on the block-matching concept, but pay-to-win elements ruin its otherwise fun social elements.
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[KooZac was featured as the Mini-Review for the Friday News Wrap-Up for the 24th of August, 2012]
Square Enix have certainly been trying a new approach when it comes to the iOS platform - while their premium RPGs are certainly worthwhile, their casual titles often leave out something in their final release. Or rather something is left in that should be left out - a hand in your pocket.
KooZac is a brain-tickling arcade puzzler that challenges players to throw down numbered blocks in order to create matches. What are these matches? Each block you place down changes what number you need to 'add up to' in order to clear a set of blocks. There's a puzzle mode with a set formation of blocks that need to be cleared and an 'endless' mode where you keep playing until you top-out. Facebook integration allows you to compete with friends, but in all of this you're earning 'coins'.
These are used, predictably, to purchase power-ups that can fit in to one of three available slots. They can be toggled on and off before a stage, so you'd assume once they're bought they're yours for good... and you'd be wrong. After two uses the power-up is gone and so is your investment; something that's not easily gained back.
In truth they're not required to finish the game, but the slight is frustrating, especially when the game's 'helpful tips' suggest you buy more coins every time you visit the boost menu.
There's merit in KooZac's unique 'matching blocks' gameplay, but it's also hard not to be put off at the same time.
DescriptionThe award-winning puzzler comes to the App Store
“BE WARNED. THIS GAME IS UTTERLY ADDICTIVE!” BBC
“SQUARE ENIX… KNOW HOW TO MAKE A MEAN PUZZLE-EM-UP.” The Sun
“TETRIS WITH NUMBERS.” Apps Magazine
The concept of KooZac is simple: position the falling blocks on top of each other to create the target numbers.
** THREE EXCITING & CHALLENGING MODES **
PUZZLE – Play through 60 levels, destroying the silver puzzle blocks and clearing the board by completing the targets.
ENDLESS - No level, no stage – compete against the world in Endless mode and use multi gems to rack up huge scores.
BLITZ – Take on your Facebook friends in the 60 seconds KooZac Blitz mode - compete for the top spot in weekly tournaments, use boosts the super charge your score.
** ACCELERATE YOUR SCORES WITH BOOSTS, BONUSES & POWER BLOCKS **
Boost your scores with multipliers, slow downs, side by side, match them all and super hints. Tap and swipe as fast as you can to earn speed bonuses, match colours, numbers for more bonuses... Use multiple blocks for even more points
** **EARN FREE COINS****
Play KooZac Blitz against your friends or ‘Like’ the KooZac Facebook page via the KooZac game and receive FREE COINS, spend them on boosts to super charge your scores
** WHAT THE PEOPLE SAY **
BBC - “Be warned. This game is utterly addictive.”
Pocket Gamer “Award-winning Tetris-cum-Sudoku puzzler KooZac.” –
The Independent – “Hugely addictive puzzle game, a must have for any brain training fan.”
** KOOZAC FANS **
.....This game will have you chrunching numbers like a math wiz in no time. Feed your brain!
..... Very Addictive, will make time disappear.
...... This is pretty cool to an old school teacher; no doubt, it will be blocked by my school board site on the grounds that it's a game! but it's a really good game and deserves some widespread recognition and use. Even if I suck at it.
..... A tetris-like arithmetic game!
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What's New in Version 2.1Hello KooZac Fans
Thank you for playing KooZac, in this update we have:
• Game speed optimised
• Reported crash bugs fixed
• Particle effects reduced
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