Godzilla - Smash3 Review
- Demands some strategic thought
- Accurate interface
- Nice 3D action at the top of the screen
- Difficulty spikes
- Forcing you towards in-app purchases
- Animation frustratingly slows down the gameplay
Godzilla - Smash3 is a reasonable puzzler let down by its progressively lary IAPs and bizarre use of its licence.
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We wonder what went through Rogue Play’s collective heads when they got the Godzilla licence. Given the leash of the world's most iconic building-mashing monster, we can’t work out at what point they felt that a match three puzzler would be the best fit. But while Godzilla - Smash3 may not offer the most apt use the king of lizards, it does offer some monstrous elements.
Controlling Godzilla, you must battle the military, smash buildings, and defeat other monsters. While you match-up colours beneath, the top of the screen translates your moves into attacks in the game’s impressive 3D engine. This visual orgy of creature-on-skyscraper violence vaguely ties the game to the film, but it only serves to slow down the puzzle game going on below the carnage.
Like similar battle-based puzzle games, the combat is controlled by joining three or more matching blocks by tracing a line through them with your finger. The more blocks you combine, the more powerful Godzilla's attacks become. It’s a responsive system, even on smaller screens, and can prove very satisfying as you create massive chains that destroy enemy tanks in a single blow.
There's more to the game than smashing, though. Blocks are scattered throughout the grid which boost health, charge your devastating atomic breath, and clog the board with rubble. These introduce different strategic option, and bring a considerable amount of challenge to levels with specific objectives.
While these blocks do change how you play, they also prove the game's downfall. Goals quickly become unreasonably punishing, steering you towards the store in the hope you'll pay out for continues and extra lives. By level nine, the first level to introduce a time limit, we found that the random grids were already becoming nearly impassable without investing in continues, a fact that made the sluggish animations at the top of the screen all the more maddening.
Godzilla - Smash3 is such an odd use of the infamous beastie that it is hard to believe many fans of the movie will really be that interested. While it is a passable interpretation of the genre, it quickly becomes a pay-to-win game, making it hard to recommend.
Description***WARNING: Due to heavy graphics requirements, Godzilla - Smash3 is only compatible with the iPhone 4S, iPod Touch 5th Gen, and iPad3 and above - it is NOT compatible with the iPhone 4 or iPod 4th Gen. Minimum iOS version recommended: iOS 7.0***
***Official game of the new Godzilla film from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures!***
The “King of the Monsters” returns in Godzilla’s mobile gaming debut!
Unleash the power of Godzilla and pursue the dangerous MUTO monsters in this unique mix of jaw-dropping 3D action and challenging puzzles. Control each stomp, slash, and bite by matching - or SMASHING - puzzle tiles to drive Godzilla through 80 levels in cities across the globe.
Upgrade Godzilla to match your play-style and call upon friends in times of need. Use powerful boosts to conquer new objectives and puzzles in each level, or build up energy to release Godzilla’s signature ATOMIC BREATH.
Godzilla - Smash3 features:
● Devastating Visuals - See cities crumble and battalions burn in gorgeous 3D
● Action meets Puzzle - A fusion of the classics
● Brains plus Brawn - Smash in seconds, master over months
● Massive Bosses - Battle the dangerous MUTOs from the movie
● Global Destruction - Pursue Godzilla’s foes across land, sea and air
● Constant Variety - Face new challenges and puzzle-types across 80 levels
● Game-changing Boosts - Gain an edge and supercharge your abilities
● Upgradeable Powers - Make Godzilla stronger to suit your playstyle
● Full Facebook Integration - Help your friends or challenge them for dominance
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What's New in Version 1.20***Endless Wave Challenges!***
-Smash through endless enemies in new limited-time events!
-Special rewards for defeating enough waves!
-All-new buffs for infinite lives, increased damage and increased defense!
-Look out for the trophy icon to find these special challenges when they appear on the map screen!
*Further improvements to gameplay balance
*Additional stability improvements