If you have yet to play a game like Threes! or 2048, then we’re not sure where you’ve been: They’ve been swarming the marketplace, showing up just about everywhere imaginable. Because of their popularity, we’ve been seeing all manner of clones and copies, too. However, there’s one amongst the group that actually proves the concept with only a simple twist.
Meet Evo Rush, from Draco, LLC, the game that has you evolving critters from the most basic to the absolute most complex. It’s a lot of fun, even if you just want to take 2048 in your pocket. Not to mention it makes a great science lesson! For our full review, you need only to slide on down below the break.
Concept and Gameplay
If you’ve not played any of the games we’ve mentioned before now, then let us explain briefly how it works: Essentially, you’ll be looking at a board of 25 squares, five by five each way. You’ll need to slide tiles around this block, combining pairs as you go.
When pairs are combined, a new tile appears. Ultimately, you want to combine all of the pairs in such a way that you produce the most complex result.
That may sound complicated, but we promise it isn’t. For example, Evo Rush has you combining basic creatures. Add two amoeba together and you’ll get a flagellate. Eventually, if you add enough of them together, you’ll get a dinosaur. And so on and so forth until you’ve beat the game.
It’s incredibly addictive, and we actually do like the twist Evo Rush has added by introducing animals. It’s a subtle variation, but one we are more than happy to get into. It makes more sense for the gameplay than just exponential numbers, and it really does walk you through the tree of life.
Design and Controls
Another point in the app’s favor is how easy it is to control. Just swipe up, down, left and right to move the tiles. The rest is done automatically. Occasionally we made a wrong move by accident, but there’s even an undo button for when you’ve truly screwed the pooch.
This is no cheap knock-off, either. The game doesn’t use ugly sprites or elements that will hurt your eyes. It’s all soft colors, great graphics, and fun times. We really can’t speak highly enough of the quality contained here.
And lastly, Evo Rush is totally free in the iTunes App Store. That’s a tremendous bargain, and as long as you’re willing to put up with a few banner advertisements along the top, you’ll get a whole lot of gameplay out of the title.
It’s fun, energizing, and unique enough to warrant a remix. With all of that in mind, Evo Rush gets a four and a half star rating—as well as a hefty recommendation!
Evo Rush requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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