Push Panic [rating: 5/5]
There are a plethora of match three type games in the App Store, this one however is a little different, as instead of being a match 3 game it’s a match any number game and this makes it uniquely different. Throw in a handful of tetris and you will somewhere near to an understanding of what Push Panic actually is.
The game is pretty simple in it’s premise, blocks of a variety of colors fall from the top of the screen and start to fill the screen. Just like tetris should your screen completely fill it’s game over. So how do you prevent this from happening?
Tapping any block will mark it as selected and you can continue to click on as many of the same color as you can, once you have enough selected you can tap any of the already selected pieces and they will all clear from the screen. The more you have selected at any one time the more points you can get.
As you progress through the game you will get 2x and 4x blocks that will act as multipliers as well as other special blocks that help you clear the screen. These include bombs to clear multiple blocks, pieces that will select all of a given color and my favorite the chain block that will allow you to join together to sets of different color blocks.
While the game concept is very simple it has been well spread over 4 different game modes. The first game mode is classic, in this mode there are 50 levels to complete a set challenge and it is scored based on your total score through bronze, silver and gold and more than ever this is where the previously mentioned special blocks can be the difference between winning and losing.
Score mode challenges you to score as many points as possible before your screen fills up and as you progress things get faster and faster. Color mode sets a similar task but this time with the added difficulty of only allowing a maximum of 8 blocks of any one color at any one time. A count of the colors is listed along the bottom of the screen so quick eyes are needed as well as quick fingers.
The final mode is Timed and as the name suggests you have a set time of 180 seconds to score as many points as possible.
Through all these games modes you live score and ranking are displayed based on the Open Feint integration and this certainly keeps you going and wanting more. There’s never a time that you aren’t aware of how you compare with the best players in the world. The game also integrates with Apple’s own Game Center so integration is there even if you don’t susbcribe to Open Feint you can still track your successes.
Push Panic is a frantic puzzle game that will keep you on the edge of your seat again and again.
- Fast paced puzzling action
- Live online integration
- 4 game modes
- Possible loss of hours of your life
$0.99 (View in iTunes)
Updated: Dec 18, 2010
Current Version: 1.1.1
© 2010 Barry Kostjens
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later