Match Trek (Six Foot Games) takes a unique approach to matching games on the iPhone, offering an experience that expertly combines the best of traditional memory tile iPhone apps and the developer’s own unique combat concept. If you’re a fan of memorization games, or of truly different game ideas for the iPhone, Match Trek iPhone app will entertain in spades. And considering the game is free in the App Store, you’ve got nothing to lose by giving Match Trek a test drive.
Concept and Gameplay
At first blush, Match Trek appears to be just like any other memorization app currently available for the iPhone or iPad. The user is presented with an array of tiles which can be flipped to reveal an image underneath. Players must remember the location of each picture, and match up two of the same kind to knock out the tiles and drop new ones from above.
In this sense, the iPhone app is every bit as challenging as one would expect it to be. However, our iPhone app review found that the developers have not just created any old, bland memorization app. To compliment the classic gameplay, Six Foot Games has also created a truly unique combat concept.
As players match up images, they simultaneously collect the items they upturn. The more pictures that are eliminated, the more the player has at the disposal. These items come in handy when an enemy unit appears beneath a tile. Once uncovered, players must use their various items to attack baddies. Depending on the bogies location, certain weapons must be used, as well as certain potions, or special items. It’s a cool concept, and one that keeps the focus on tile-matching while managing to keep the ball rolling.
That being said, the game can still feel a bit jagged. The developers have done their best to integrate the two concepts, and though it mostly jives, at times I felt like I was really playing two different titles. The combat has been well-synthesized with the matching component, but I still couldn’t shake the feeling that I was playing a memorization app with extras tacked on.
Graphics and Design
The graphics themselves are solid, though the rough and cartoony style may not appeal to every user. The game’s hand-drawn appeal certainly doesn’t feel as professional as apps like Aurora Feint in the matching genre. Likewise, even some of the small touches—like the intertextual font choice—felt amateurish, and wanting for a graphics overhaul.
Considering Match Trek is free in the App Store, with more content available via in-app purchase, there’s absolutely no reason not to give the game a test drive if you’re a fan of memorization titles. If you’re simply looking for a new and unique fix, the app will also please, though the jagged gameplay experience may put off certain users.
Match Trek requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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