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Arcadius: Puzzle Adventure (Android) Review

 
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At a Glance...
 

Formats: Android
 
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Final Score
7.0
7/ 10


User Rating
3 total ratings

 

We liked?


Hours of challenging match three fun.

Not so much?


Doesn't really bring anything new to the table.


Final Fiendish Findings?

Arcadius: Puzzle Adventure brings more of the match three gaming we’ve grown to love. While it doesn’t bring anything completely new to the table, it does offer hours of new puzzles to play that should fuel your match three addiction quite nicely.

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Posted June 24, 2013 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

Match three fans just may find their newest obsession with Connect2Media’s Arcadius.
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Let me just start by saying that I’m a big fan of match three games. There’s just something about the combination of a relaxing casual game with a puzzling mechanic that I find infinitely appealing. That being said, many match three games on the market are nothing but thinly veiled Bejeweled clones, with little to separate them from the pack. Arcadius: Puzzle Adventure seeks to find the sweet spot between being clone and just plain trying to fix what ain’t broken, combining familiar match three action with cute little cubes and a ton of puzzles to enjoy.

Arcadius, the main character of the game, is an adorable little cube who stars in the game. He an his Arcadian buddies are the basis for the power up mechanic in Arcadius: Puzzle Adventure. For the most part, the gameplay is pretty similar to any other match three game you’ll play; you must swap adjacent cubes in order to form a chain of three or more matching cubes. These cubes then disappear, causing a cascading effect on the cubes below them, hopefully setting off several more matches. Rather than being jewels or blocks, the cubes in Arcadius are little creatures or various colors.

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When you begin the game you have only Arcadius, the purple Arcadian, in your arsenal. By making matches of four or more purple cubes on the match three board, you can power up the status bar below Arcadius. When his status is completely full, you can use his power to add more time to the game. You can fill him up and use him as many times as you like in each level, but it can be difficult to find that many four or more matches in a particular color, while also working to fulfill the other goals in each level – so it’s a balancing act of working towards a power-up while also trying to achieve the level goals.

These goals range from reaching a certain points level to rescuing items to breaking down walls, and most levels have more than one goal, so you are kept rather busy trying to get everything done before time runs out. Luckily, as you advance in the game, you also gain more Arcadians – each in a different power up color, and each with a new skill for you to exploit. Red gives you bombs, blue shuffles colors, and so forth. It can be a very delicate balance between working towards enough high matches to fill up your Arcadians, and just plain doing what you need to do to complete the levels.

As you would expect, the levels become more and more complicated as you advance in the game. From cubes hidden in little alcoves, to seemingly impossible board configurations, to squares that must be matched on multiple times, the game quickly becomes a frantic combination of matching skills and puzzle management that most puzzle fans will love. While I can’t say it brings anything completely new to the match three table, what it does bring is a solidly fun game that offers hours of challenging gameplay. While I did experience a few crashes while testing the game, each of them occurred only after hours of play, and didn’t set me back overly much – so they were more of a mild annoyance than anything.

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Arcadius: Puzzle Adventure brings more of the match three gaming we’ve grown to love. While it doesn’t bring anything completely new to the table, it does offer hours of new puzzles to play that should fuel your match three addiction quite nicely.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)