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Dessert Storm (Android) Review

 
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At a Glance...
 

Formats: Android
 
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Final Score
7.0
7/ 10


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Tons of levels and accessible play.

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Doesn't really bring anything new to the table.


Final Fiendish Findings?

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Dessert Storm offers a sweet take on tried and true match three action. Whether you choose to challenge yourself in Rush mode, zone out with Relax mode, or go for the goal in Classic mode, you have a near endless amount of different puzzles to play. While it doesn’t do anything really new or different, it offers great variety for every skill level.

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Posted July 18, 2013 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

It’s all ice cream and sweet, sweet pie everywhere you turn in EnsenaSoft’s Dessert Storm. It’s a sugary take on the classic match three game – but does it have what it takes to keep your sweet tooth happy, or is the cake just a lie?

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If you’ve played any match three game before (and who hasn’t?), then the gameplay in Dessert Storm will feel like a familiar friend. Your goal is to match three or more items of the same color, by swapping adjacent items to make the match. It’s as simple as that, yet any Bejeweled junkie will tell you that it is simply addicting. Does Dessert Storm add something new or groundbreaking to the genre? Not at all. It is simply the match three game you know and love, using a dessert theme.

From the jaunty “Muffin Man” background music in the menus, to the dancing ice cream cone next to your game board, that dessert theme permeates every part of the game, and it’s all very bouncy and happy and colorful. There are even balloons and a rainbow against sunny blue skies in the background. Although at times the super peppy background music got to be a bit much for me, that was easily turned off. It’s a theme your kids are likely to love, simply because it is such a happy thing.

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Better yet, your kids will actually be able to play it, without frustration, due to the variety of choices offered for play. Relax mode is the perfect choice for kids, novice gamers, and anyone looking for some truly casual game time. It is simple match three, no goals, gimmicks, or timers. Play as long as you like, no pressure at all. Rush mode offers the exact opposite. In this mode, you’ll need to match as quickly as you can before the timer runs out. It’s a great choice for a real quick game, or for high score junkies who just love to beat the clock.

For most gamers, though, Classic Mode is what it’s all about. Featuring 21 different levels, you’ll start with a basic game and work your way to more difficult puzzles. The goal is to clear all of the white tiles off the board. In order to do this, you’ll need to clear a match on each tile. With a simple layout, this is relatively easy. But as the layouts change, it gets more difficult to achieve, particularly for tiles set off in corners. The game also adds obstacles in the form of locks, and bonds that require a tile be matched two or even three times before it is cleared. All of this includes a timer to add some urgency to your play.

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It can get challenging at times, but never overly so. If anything, the timer is perhaps a bit too generous, as rarely was there any real urgency to it all. I also noticed that using white tiles against the background made them difficult to see, resulting in searching the board to find that one remaining tile that simply fades into the background.

While there are certainly things that could have been done differently with Dessert Storm, I genuinely enjoyed the time I spent with it. It is a relaxing experience that is challenging without demanding too much of you. Rather than messing with a good thing, they’ve kept the tried and true match three formula that we all already love. The one thing that most impresses me, though, is the infinite replay value of the game. Each puzzle generates differently each time you play, which means you’ll never play the same puzzle twice – no matter how many times you repeat a level.

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Dessert Storm offers a sweet take on tried and true match three action. Whether you choose to challenge yourself in Rush mode, zone out with Relax mode, or go for the goal in Classic mode, you have a near endless amount of different puzzles to play. While it doesn’t do anything really new or different, it offers great variety for every skill level.

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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)