Game Review: Does Match’em Help Pass the Time?

by MajorDouble7 on October 5, 2009

Hello, Fanatics!  MajorDouble7 here again with another ‘Time Killer’ game review.  I particularly like the Time Killers because they are quick, easy, and usually free.  Today I’m going to tell you about Match’em by moubail.com.  It’s a simple enough game, but with time I think you just might become addicted (it’s too late for me, I’m hooked).

Check out a ‘Snap from my N97:

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As you can probably tell, Match’em isn’t an extremely difficult game to figure out.  If there are two or more symbols adjacent to one another (that just means right next to each other), then you simply tap one of the symbols to select the group, then tap that same exact symbol again to make them all disappear.  I have heard some noise in the cloud suggesting that the User Interface (UI) is a bit buggy, but really you just have to make sure that you are tapping the same exact symbol to clear the group, that you tapped to select the group; more on the UI in a bit.

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Now you can see the scoring there in the top, left-hand corner.  It shows your current score, as well as the score of the selected group if you so choose to remove it.  After selecting a group, you can either tap the symbol again (as I mentioned), or simply wait about four seconds for them to clear out on their own.  This is nice as it gives you a second to think over your decision (just tap in the ‘dead’ area or on a stand-alone symbol to change the selection).  Of course your high score is also saved, which is something of a must for me and my Time Killer games.

The one thing I can’t honestly explain is the scoring system.  I’m sure if I geeked out over it for an hour or so I could come up with the formula used.  But as it stands, I just haven’t put forth the effort.  If you’ve got some idea, why not share it with us?  I always find that sort of thing interesting…I digress.

Match’em can actually be more difficult than it looks (which is always a plus for simple Time Killers).  Notice my top score…that wasn’t exactly easy to get (I’m sure all of you out in the cloud will have no trouble besting me, however).  The trick lies in planning ahead a bit and maneuvering the pieces to fall where you want them.  Basically, you need to get as large of a group as possible.  Like I said, easier said than done.  In fact, I reached this score on accident!  That’s right.  I thought my end score would be just shy of my previous High Score until I was hit with this:

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As you can see I got some extra juice for clearing the board completely.  Something I wasn’t exactly expecting (and had apparently never done up until that point).

Now, on to the UI experience:  I must say that Match’em has done an excellent job in utilizing the touch interface.  Those symbols appear to be pretty small, and actually they are, but I almost never touch the wrong symbol on accident.  Sure it happens every now and then, but I’m amazed at how accurate the UI is when there are so many of those little symbols surrounding each other.  I’ve experienced other games that have a similar set up (lots of small icons surrounding each other) that hasn’t come anywhere close to the accuracy of Match’em.  So all in all, I’m definitely satisfied with the UI of the game.

Match’em is perfect for killing time, but even if you don’t have ‘gaps’ in your day like I do, it’s also worth the download just to check it out.  Visit moubail.com for the download.

You know I’m always curious…what’s your High Score?

Until next time, Fanatics…

MD 7

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  • http://twitter.com/EverythingBlaxx EverythingBlaxx

    Funny enough, I just uninstalled this game over the weekend. I'm really not into gaming on my mobile phone

  • http://phoneomenon.com/ Timi

    I feel the same. A majority of the games I play I uninstall the same week. I do still have monopoly on my N97 though :P .

  • richardhula

    Strategy (well one anyway) decide at the beginning of game which group you are leaving until last (largest maybe) & don't touch that group until towards the end. Proceed removing other groups to concentrate group you are saving. When left with no other groups, remove the large remaining group for high score & then remove any others to clear board.

    Cleared board with 770 score on first attempt – beginners luck????

  • MajorDouble7

    Hey Timi, where'd you get Monopoly? I haven't seen that one yet…

    The weird thing is I wouldn't consider myself a 'gamer' either when it comes to my phone device, I just happen to like the freebies that pass 5 or 10 minutes of time. 'Smoke Break Games' are pretty much it for me.

    MD 7

  • MajorDouble7

    I don't know about you, richardhula, but I always seem to get 'beginner's luck' when I first try out a game…then it takes forever to get my score/goal/whatever back to that first attempt. Prime example being 'Boomshine'…I speed through it the first couple times I played, now I have the hardest time clearing some of the higher levels.

    MD 7

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    This is the game I always play in my phone.

  • http://www.hamcityheadquarters.com MajorDouble7

    Hey Timi, where'd you get Monopoly? I haven't seen that one yet…

    The weird thing is I wouldn't consider myself a 'gamer' either when it comes to my phone device, I just happen to like the freebies that pass 5 or 10 minutes of time. 'Smoke Break Games' are pretty much it for me.

    MD 7

  • http://www.hamcityheadquarters.com MajorDouble7

    I don't know about you, richardhula, but I always seem to get 'beginner's luck' when I first try out a game…then it takes forever to get my score/goal/whatever back to that first attempt. Prime example being 'Boomshine'…I speed through it the first couple times I played, now I have the hardest time clearing some of the higher levels.

    MD 7

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    This is the game I always play in my phone.

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