DropZap 2, a game designed by Amir Michail, is aimed at strategy-game fans of Tetris, Drop7, Bejeweled, and of course – DropZap, the original. But instead of matching up colors or fitting shapes, your goal is to shrink the pieces.
At least, I think so. Judging by the fact that my first try yielded a score of 30 points, and my second attempt a score of 2,750, I was clearly relying a lot on guessing and luck.
This is definitely not the type of game you can just start playing and figure out – at least, I couldn’t. There’s an optional tutorial, which is somewhat helpful, although the wording is a bit odd in places. For example, I’m still not grasping the concept of “when stack of pieces lands, only bottom piece in stack shrinks below and sideways.” Only one piece actually “lands”…I think. The way it’s phrased is confusing.
However, I do get the overall concept. Drag a shape down a column. It shrinks the shapes below and next to it. The red circles are the smallest, and disappear. The squares also shrink, but along with blank spaces, they block the initial shape from shrinking whatever shapes surround them. And each time, a new row appears with more shapes, causing everything to rise up a cell. The goal is to keep shrinking as much as you can without letting the shapes get above the grid.
The more I played, the more I enjoyed it. And you’ve got quite a few choices for gameplay; “Standard” mode (with a minimum of 50 pieces that must be removed before moving to the next level), “Relentless” (a never-ending level), “Action” (timed), and “Relentless Action.” There’s also a two player mode – the screen is split so that two people can play on either side of your phone. I enjoyed that the music was songs I selected from my iPod, rather than the typical game music. At $0.99, I’d recommend this app for strategy game lovers.
DropZap 2 [iTunes Link] is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch. Requires iOS 4.1 or later. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.