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Old Clockmaker’s Riddle (Mac) Review

 
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Formats: Mac
 
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Final Score
7.0
7/ 10


User Rating
1 total rating

 

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Easy to pick up and play for just about anyone.

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Doesn't add anything really new to the genre.


Final Fiendish Findings?

Old Clockmaker’s Riddle is a fun and relaxing way to kill some time. It’s super easy to pick up and to put down, so it’s great for both long and short gaming sessions. While it doesn’t do anything completely new in the world of match three, it adds enough innovation to make it a fun addition to your collection.

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Posted March 13, 2013 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

Match three comes to the Mac.1

Match three games have an almost addicting allure. They are so easy to just pick up and play, even for novice gamers, but there is enough of a challenge in there too, particularly for high score junkies, to keep seasoned gamers hooked too. It is such a simple mechanic; you are presented with a board filled with colored gems. You must match up at least three gems of the same color in a line to make a match, by swapping adjacent gems. The longer the string, the higher the score. That is really the basic idea of any match three game, but each new iteration adds innovations that either add variety and fun to an old favorite, or make you wish longingly for the old days.

Old Clockmaker’s Riddle adds a fun little storyline to the gameplay. As you begin the game, you come in possession of a letter that details the mysterious destruction of a town. Being the valiant soul that you are, you rush off to help. As you reach the only standing structure in the town, you hear the tale of the old clocktower, which suddenly began to run backwards. Some mysterious magic must be a work, as with each toll of the clock, more of the city’s buildings were destroyed. It is up to you to return each building to its former glory, ending with the clocktower itself, thereby saving the town.

Of course, saving the town means a whole lot of matching gems. Sounds a little off, but it works. You approach a broken building, click on it, and enter a match three puzzle. It’s a typical puzzle, for the most part, except for that there are scattered gems marked with clock hands. You must collect a set number of these to restore the building. Collecting the clock hands is done by making a match with that gem, but since there are a limited number of hands on the board at a time, you’ll need to make numerous other matches to finish the board.

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As you advance in the game, you are met with new features, on both the board itself and in your personal toolbox. In addition to the regular gems on the board, you’ll also find special ones that have things like bombs or lightning, to clear whole areas of the board. There are also a variety of “stuck” gems, which are either frozen or simply held in place. What this means is that, if you match any gems below them, you actually end up with an open space on the board, making it that much harder to release them. To unstick the gems, you need to make a regular match, a bit more challenging for the fact that the stuck gems cannot be swapped.

You can also unstick gems with your hammer, once you purchase it. There are a variety of tools made available to you as you advance in the game. They range from things like adding more clock hands to the board to shuffling. Once purchased, each tool can also be upgraded, adding even more power to their abilities. These tools, along with your ability to choose between timed or relaxed play, are the extent of the customization in Old Clockmaker’s Riddle. Still, they add a bit of variety for those who like that sort of thing, and are completely skippable for those who like to go it alone.

Speaking of skippable things, once you’ve reached the end of a building’s match three puzzles, you are given an extra bonus level to try. This involves clearing a fixed board of all clock hand gems within a certain numbers of turns. Most of them are quite challenging, and it’s a fun exercise for puzzle fans. You can try as many times as you like, undo moves, get hints, and even completely skip the puzzles. I like that they’ve made it so accessible, as it adds playability for puzzle freaks without making it too challenging for younger or less skilled players.

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Old Clockmaker’s Riddle is a fun and relaxing way to kill some time. It’s super easy to pick up and to put down, so it’s great for both long and short gaming sessions. While it doesn’t do anything completely new in the world of match three, it adds enough innovation to make it a fun addition to your collection.


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)