Atlantis: Pearls of the Deep combines Match-3 puzzles and physics-based strategy for a beautiful, pearly adventure.

It would seem that whatever deity or force of nature is in charge of evolution has it out for humans. We’re condemned to eke out a crummy existence on the baking/frozen surface of the planet, while water-bound mammals get to party in the ocean currents. That said, at least we humans can appreciate the beauty and scarcity of a pearl. Underwater creatures, on the other hand, see pearls so often that they treat them like cheap dollar store marbles. Even Atlantis: Pearls of the Deep makes pearls vanish into thin air with its physics-based Match-3 action.

Atlantis: Pearls of the Deep is Legacy Games’ follow-up to Legends of Atlantis: Exodus. But whereas Exodus is a strategy game, Pearls of the Deep is a Match-3 puzzle game that utilizes physics. You don’t simply drop colored pearls to create groups of three or more: You need to foresee how the baubles are going to rest in their holding chalice, and you must also use gears and wheels to match up stray groups of pearls whenever necessary.

Power-ups are on-hand to help you when things get sticky across the game’s 60 levels, including the bomb pearl, the lightning pearl, and the ghost pearl. Hey, how come we don’t have exploding pearls here on the surface world? There are bonuses challenges too, and if all of this sounds a bit too intense for you, you can kick back and enjoy the game’s easy-going Zen Mode.

Atlantis: Pearls of the Deep

Atlantis: Pearls of the Deep

Atlantis: Pearls of the Deep is expected to release soon. In spite of its problems, life really is better under the sea.