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Grave Matters (iOs) Review

 
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Minesweeper inspired game play melds with Steampunk style to create a surprisingly engaging game.

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“One man and his dog vs. the Steamborg apocalypse…” Grave Matters is a surprisingly engaging games that drops players right into the action of digging graves. As un-fun as that sounds at first glance, there are a lot of elements to the game that suck you into it rather quickly. At its heart, Grave Matters […]

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Posted November 9, 2014 by

 
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“One man and his dog vs. the Steamborg apocalypse…”
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Grave Matters is a surprisingly engaging games that drops players right into the action of digging graves. As un-fun as that sounds at first glance, there are a lot of elements to the game that suck you into it rather quickly. At its heart, Grave Matters is a puzzle game. As you begin play, the game takes you through a really well done tutorial that quickly helps you get the gist of the action. Each level has a number of graves spread around it in various configurations. You don’t have to dig up every one, but you do need to meet a certain threshold before the cemetery gates will open to allow you to reach a new level.
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Why are you digging the graves? Some of them have energy that you’ll need to continue on in the game. Unfortunately, some of them also have these undead robot things called Steamborgs that will destroy you if you disturb their resting place. That’s where the puzzle aspect comes into play. Each grave you dig will either show up empty, signifying that the graves around it are clear, or filled with skulls. One skull means that particular grave touches one that has a Steamborg in it – which one is for you to figure out (without dying, preferably).

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What is boils down to is a combination of luck and skill. If you start out on the right foot, you can use the contents of the graves you dig to figure out which ones hold cyborgs without falling prey to them first. Of course, that’s a big “if”, as the choice of first grave is pretty much a shot in the dark. From there, you can pinpoint and mark the Steamborg graves and hopefully get through the level unscathed. You do have a few assists to help you when you get stuck, such as lightning bolts that can mark a Steamborg grave, and a trusty pet that can give you an idea of what areas to avoid and even take one for the team if you accidentally dig the wrong grave. Those are limited though, and can only be used sparingly.

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You can also purchase a few bonuses to help you in your quest. These aren’t cheats, but they do make your gameplay go a bit easier. The auto digger allows you to select a number of graves at once, helping you get through the levels that much quicker. Fix up Bobby resurrects your faithful friend after a Steamborg mishap. Slow watch gets you more time per level, and Lucky Copper aptly enough gives you a luck boost.  The best part about these bonuses is that they are purchased with energy earned within the game – no unfair in-app purchases to worry about here (although it will definitely take you a while to earn enough energy to purchase them all).

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There are three different “acts” to play through, as well as an infinite survival mode, which means you’ll get plenty of game play for your money. It all has a very Steampunk look about it that is simple but cool. Best of all, it’s fun to play, like Minesweeper with a robot twist. If you’re looking for your next mobile obsession to keep you busy on your commute to work or holiday travels, Grave Matters is a surprisingly engaging choice that will keep you on your toes, shovel at the ready.


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)