You can make a Match-3 game out of anything it seems. Even something like the consistently imaginative TV show, Futurama. Except Futurama: Game of Drones isnâ€™t a Match-3 game. Oh, no. Itâ€™s a Match-4 game. Ok, that doesnâ€™t sound much more excitin.Â But you know what? Futurama: Game of Drones is quite fun. It suffers from the usual bevy of freemium bits and pieces to entice you into spending money, but itâ€™s one of the good matching puzzle games.
Youâ€™re matching delivery drones rather than gems or fruit this time round. Think of it as an example of what happens when Amazon drones go bad. Fortunately, theyâ€™re fairly harmless here. Matching is the usual mix of swiping and dragging your finger around. It takes a few turns to retrain your brain to match 4 rather than 3, but it also opens things up to some quite impressive combos.
If you match more than 4 in one move, you acquire various power-ups. You can form a laser beam that takes out all of one line, or a bomb move that wipes out a wide area in one sweep. The really cool moves are when you gain a colorful looking power-up which you can combine with a colored drone in order to turn all of that color into a power-up. Such bonuses mean that Futurama: Game of Drones is a consistently fast-paced experience. While you should always be taking time to plan your moves in advance, you can achieve a lot in one move, encouraging you to move quickly.
Some levels have you matching a certain number of drones to move onto the next stage, while others might require you to clear slime from underneath each tile. Thereâ€™s the usual assortmentÂ of obstacles too such as cargo crates that get in the way. Oh, and in a typically Candy Crush style vein, some sequences expect you to help move a pizza box to the bottom of the screen. At times, Futurama: Game of Drones feels more of a puzzle game than a standard matching game, requiring more than just the luck of what colors appear to succeed.
Itâ€™s mostly business as usual for the genre, but Futurama: Game of Drones makes it quite fun. Thereâ€™s a life system slowing you down a little, as well as some ads to skip past, but itâ€™s not too obtrusive. I found occasional difficulty spikes, but nothing that made me feel like the game was trying to gouge me for money.
Futurama: Game of Drones also captures the spirit of the TV show reasonably well. At regular points, you unlock a scene as part of a longer storyline. Also, throughout playing, you get to hearÂ lines from various characters as they boast about your exploits. Despite yourself, youâ€™ll feel smug about that. itâ€™s those little things that will endear you to whatâ€™s unfolding, even if you do end up craving more memorable quotes and more appearances by Bender, whose stay is all too brief.
Itâ€™d be understandable to approach Futurama: Game of Drones somewhat cynically. After all, the App Store is far from short of Match-3 games, but it offers enough to ensure that this feels like more than just a cookie cutter take on the genre. Embracing the subject matter, as well as maintaining a fast paced take on matching different colors, means youâ€™ll find yourself frequently itching for just one more go. Even if a little part of you might realise youâ€™re going over to the dark side.