Are you tired of the average man’s connect four? Are you looking for some connect-the-points gameplay with a serious kick in a different direction, or even a different dimension? If so, Rows 3D by Pixeltin has you covered.
How is the Gameplay?
The gameplay of Rows 3D iPhone app is gorgeously simple: It’s your job to connect four of your rings by strategically placing them on a peg-board. Naturally, this is made harder by your opponent (either your iPhone’s CPU or another human via pass-off gameplay) who also attempts to connect four of their game pieces. You take turns slinging out rings until a winner finally manages to match up four of the same kind. Because rings can be stacked on top of each other (hence the 3D mentioned in the title) this can be accomplished in a myriad of ways: Vertically, horizontally, diagonally or in a stair-step pattern. With an added direction to go in, what is at first a simple game mechanic quickly becomes a serious brain-tease. And with several different computer difficulty settings, you’ll quickly find your iPhone is often much smarter at placing pieces than you.
How does it Look?
To be honest, the visuals offered here aren’t the greatest. The menus look fine, though there are a few oddly placed ticks, like the sound on-off switch whose design is at odds with the smooth, iOS feel seen elsewhere. Likewise, the 3D models rendered during gameplay are perfectly adequate, but still look a little rough around the edges. Thankfully, the game offers several different themes, including wood, stone, jade, and metal. These add a certain amount of coziness to an otherwise intimidating design, and I’m glad they were included.
So Do I Really Need Rows 3D?
All in all, Rows 3D offers fantastically challenging and fun gameplay, but I still feel like there are several areas in which the game could be improved. Beyond graphics, I would have appreciated the ability to play strangers over the internet, rather than locally via physically handing my iPhone to my opponent. Considering Game Center and achievements are already here, I don’t feel like that would be too much to ask.
In-game help documentation would be a nice addition, as well: If you’re unfamiliar with the game’s premise, you’ll have a bugger of a time figuring out how to win. And finally, at a $1.99 in the AppStore, I feel like Rows 3D is a bit outside the one dollar sweet-spot. However, there’s a lot of good gameplay here, and with the ability to play a friend or your phone at different intelligence levels, you’ll certainly find a challenge in what Rows 3D has to offer. So complaints aside, the iPhone app still gets a recommendation—even if just to see how smart your iPhone can really be.
Rows 3d iPhone app [ iTunes Link ] requires iOS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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