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Match 3 Games

03-30-2009, 07:57 AM
Joined: Mar 2009
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Match 3 Games

Hello everyone...

I'm a big puzzle game fan. I play Drop7, Frenzic, and Brain Thaw quite a bit. I'm not normally into match-three games but after playing the smiles demo I've decided I want one (but only one) for those times when I want to look at massive chain combos and feel *partly* responsible. So what does everyone recommend?

I really liked the smiles demo, and Montezuma looks great, but I tend to pick games based mainly on the graphics (oh so shallow). I'd love to hear from the people who are really into the matching games...

Thanks for your help!

EDIT: Grid has been collecting a list of these apps for us:

Aurora Feint (tetris attack gameplay, board moves upward, adds "gravity" device rotation & RPG elements)
Bejewled II
Big Bang
Big Booty
Bling: Touch Fever
Block Chaos
Campaign Trail
Candy (story mode, different board shapes)
Chain3 (no movement constraints)
ChocChocPop (adds "gadget" powerups)
Chocolate Shop Frenzy
Chop Sushi
Crazy Sushi (uses the Yoshi’s Cookie “slide a row” game mechanic)
Diamond Twister
DQ Craze (dairy queen themed... surprised they're charging for it)
DropOut (match any like-color groups (not just in a row), slide-a-row mechanic (horizontal only))
Fricki Tricks
Frupon (looks a lot like the DS game where you have a square 2x2 that you can rotate to make matches)
Gem Spinner (add “shape constraints”, background “clearing”, rotation)
Gemmed (pac-man like “monsters” mechanism, different powerups for each monster color, achievements)
Glyph (looks to be a lot like Jewel Quest)
Hex (match a given set of color patterns)
Jewel Quest II (added background “clearing”)
Juicy Match
Line Shift (achievements)
Mighty Charms
Mix-A-Dot (adds color "mixing")
MM Park
Orbitsu (weird gravity...)
Pinch ‘n Pop (free form, pinch pieces together to match them)
Puzzle Quest (RPG elements)
Quartz 2 Deluxe (diagonal board, Multiplayer)
Samurai Puzzle Battle (RPG elements, Puzzle Quest knockoff?)
Slida (uses "slide a row" game mechanic)
Sliders (uses “slide a row” game mechanic)
Smiles (swap with a "current piece" (outside of the gameboard))
Smiley Puzzle (looks pretty standard, but who knows)
Snowed In 7
The Treasures of Montezuma
Touch & Go! (lets you touch the pieces)
Triplet (looks to add tilt, and some kind of morphing features)
Trism (triangular pieces and board, uses "slide a row", various special piece types)
Tweezzle (adds gravity)
Witch's Workshop

Feel free to post suggestions for the list but please bear in mind the following:
Originally Posted by grid View Post
I'm not including "falling block" type games ... zuma style "shooting match" type games, or the "fuzzle" style games either. I'm really looking for the bejeweled type games
If I get time I will add links at some point but its a lot of work!

Last edited by romulus; 04-25-2009 at 05:49 AM.
03-30-2009, 08:02 AM
Joined: Mar 2009
Location: Seattle, WA
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Smiles is great but so is Bejeweled. Sorry I can't help... but just get the two of them!

03-30-2009, 08:23 AM
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Location: PA, USA
Posts: 744
Blackbeard's Assault

All three have lite or free versions so you can give them a try before buying.

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03-30-2009, 08:48 AM
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03-30-2009, 08:48 AM
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I know it'll be brought up at some point but you should try out Puzzle Quest. It isn't the best port but for me it probably has the best gameplay of any match 3 game.

The adventure/roleplaying elements really work and the main gameplay is very strategic. It can be very frustrating at times though when the computer manages a huge chain.

PS: There is a lite version so no reason to try it out.
03-30-2009, 08:52 AM
I really like Bomboozle.

Instead of matching 3 of the same, you draw a line over the icons of the same kind, when you let go they explode (if there's three or more).

There's a lite version as well.

Youtube video:


The best Match 3 since Zoo Keeper, imo.
03-30-2009, 09:01 AM
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Gemmed is very good. It is my favorite!
03-30-2009, 09:05 AM
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Location: Central Coast of California
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Smiles or Mighty Charms are good. Mighty charms allows you to match 3 diagonally.

I've been away for awhile, but I'm back.
03-30-2009, 09:10 AM
Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 160
Originally Posted by truthlaser View Post
I thought it was a remake of Bombuzal at first and was getting excited. Bomboozle looks like a good game though. I'll have to try the lite out!
03-30-2009, 09:47 AM
Joined: Mar 2009
Posts: 169
Thanks for the suggestions guys! I'm definitely not a fan of the balls on a path game a la blackbeard, and I never really liked Puzzle Quest, but bomboozle is fantastic. I played the online version and just downloaded. Thanks for the tip truthlaser!

I think I'm probably going to go with smiles and as it seems to be the best looking and offering what is essentially two games. Wish there was a lite version of montezuma though. Any other suggestions?