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Puzzle Mayor- Strategy City Builder w/ Match-3 Mechanics

06-26-2015, 08:00 PM
Joined: Nov 2014
Posts: 34
Matchy City- Strategy City Builder w/ Match-3 Mechanics

*** Update ***
Game is live! Get it here:

Game has been renamed to "Matchy City".

My name is Jack and I'm the Creative Director for Matchy City. I was recommended to post here after meeting Jared at the TouchArcade event at WWDC.

We gone beta last week. Send me a PM if you like an advanced copy of the game!

Matchy City is an endless strategy puzzle game with simple match-3 mechanics and in-depth strategy. Itís a game where you plan your moves and think strategically. You match 3 of the same buildings and in doing so create a more valuable one. Thereís residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. Wait, like SimCity??? WellÖ yes. I love SimCity and it was a major inspiration but Iíll get to that later.

Whenever you make a match, you gain a score. Matching the specific colors give you additional bonus. Matching green gives you a score bonus. Matching blue earns you virtual currency. And matching yellow earns you xp for gaining powerups. Thereís also landmarks that will enable special abilities, like having a 30% chance to not consume a powerup when itís used, or being able to undo 5 turns back.

- Mix of town building sim, match-3 puzzler and chess
- Special landmark buildings that enable different abilities
- Customizable building themes- space, candy, farm, etc.
- Various game modes including relaxing Zen, or fast-paced Blitz

I was playing SimCity 2013 one night (November 2014) and thought what this would be like if it was on mobile but with mobile-friendly mechanics. I took whatís fun about SimCity- problem solving, thinking strategically, and planning ahead and merged them with the match-3 mechanic.

Game Trailer(will be updated)


Would love your feedback!

Last edited by jackzliu; 11-04-2015 at 01:29 PM. Reason: game released
06-27-2015, 01:24 PM
Joined: Nov 2014
Posts: 34
UFO Animation

New graphic and animation for the UFO. What do you think?

06-27-2015, 02:35 PM
Joined: Apr 2011
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 3,700
This looks interesting and I love a match 3 with a different game mechanic. Will it be premium and Universal?

Game Center: MarinasideSteve
06-27-2015, 02:44 PM
Joined: Apr 2015
Posts: 137
This game is very visually appealing. Love the colors and the art style. The twist on a match-three combined with Sims world-building is interesting. I'll definitely keep an eye out on your game's development.
06-27-2015, 05:17 PM
Joined: Nov 2014
Posts: 34
Thanks. It's going to be free-to-play game and yes universal. Although it's freemium, we are taking the route that Crossy Road did by putting fun first, and monetization second. The game will have powerups you can buy. However, we limit that to 5 per game. So even if someone wants to drop $100 in a single game, they can't. They still require skill. We are also going to be very generous with the in-game currency.
06-27-2015, 05:18 PM
Joined: Nov 2014
Posts: 34
Thanks. We'll make an announcement when we open it up for beta-testing if you're interested.
06-27-2015, 05:30 PM
Joined: Apr 2015
Posts: 137
Originally Posted by jackzliu View Post
Thanks. We'll make an announcement when we open it up for beta-testing if you're interested.
I'd love to beta test for you!
06-29-2015, 03:06 PM
Joined: Nov 2014
Posts: 34
Destroy your city!

So you finished building your city. It looks great, you earned a ton of coins and you got a high score. What better way to celebrate that than to destroy it! Yes... I'm talking about good old destruction fun. I was always the builder-type in SimCity but I know there are a ton of people who wanted to destroy. So... here you go. Here's our first mockup on an Armageddon disaster.

06-29-2015, 04:39 PM
Looks cool. What's the estimated release date?

Playing: Match Land, Drift It!, Fez, Shadow Fight 3, Gorogoa
06-29-2015, 05:23 PM
Joined: Nov 2014
Posts: 34
Thanks! We anticipate sometime in August. Going to beta in a week.