The Screetch [rating: 4/5]
If you are a fan of match three games then you are overwhelmed with options if you have an iPhone or iPod Touch and now there is a new take on the genre in the form of The Screetch which I hope is unrelated to the form Saved by the Bell star!
The game will be easy to pick for both experienced match three players and those new to this genre as all it takes to drop the spheres is touch the column that you wish the sphere to drop down. The premise of the game is to capture the the Screetch, and oily looking blob that is taking over the screen and this is done when matches are completed.
As you clear the playing area you’ll fill up the test tube on the side of the screen and once that’s full you’ll complete the level and move on to the next. as you would expect there are combo’s to be had power spheres in the form of electric bombs that will clear all spheres on the same horizontal and vertical plain when they are one of the three that are cleared.
When you successfully clear lines of sphere’s an adjacent sphere that has been or is being enveloped by the Screetch will be cleared of it’s oily substance while placing a sphere that doesn’t complete a match will see the Screetch’s oily tentacles take over one of your sphere’s. The battle between you and the Screetch is tense one.
One of the nice feature’s that the developers have taken care of and one that is not usually addressed is the fact that they’ve take care of those of the population that are afflicted with colorblindness. It’s a relatively simple fix but effective where each of the colored spheres are numbered and as one of those who suffers with colorblindness I can definitely say that it works.
As you progress through the levels the difficulty is cranked up with more oily spheres taking up the already crowded playing area.
Unfortunately there is no multi-player option but Facebook integration allows you to compete against your friends via your friends leader board while the global leader boards allow you to pit you wits against the best players in the world via 12 different leagues.
While the gameplay may not over too much significantly different from other match 3 style games the graphics certainly do especially on the iPhone 4 where the oil looks specifically gooey and shiny.
The only frustrating thing I found about The Screetch is the repetitive background music, fortunately the mute button is only a menu setting away!
If you are a fan of match 3 games then this is a great game to add to your arsenal.
- Beautiful style and graphics
- Seamless Facebook and global leader boards
- Challenging game-play
- Repetitive music
Price: $2.99 (iTunes Store)
Released:Jul 22, 2010
1.0 (iOS 4.0 Tested)
Size: 18.9 MB
© 2010 Piston Games
Requirements:Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.