Sep 9, 2013
User review by Grimlaura
I haven't played a stand alone M3 for long and this one was a good choice I took based on the previous review that said is like Cradle of Rome. It is a actually I like it more.
Not giving 5 stars tho for a very simple reason. The game has a good story with an excellent designed animation of the buildings but no people. I would liked to see some little characters going all over around the wonderful structures doing something like the ones from Cradle of Rome or 7 Wonders series.
Otherwise a very inspired original animated part of management. Mechanics are simple M3 with the classic chained, frozen and so, locks, and items to be brought down. A large array of power-ups some that are on board like line / column and cross destroyers and some outside the board that has to be charged and will upgrade in time like shuffle, clone, lightning and so.
There are also events taking place like a whale that eats all your fish, pirates that attacks your airport, an elephant that tries to ruin your mine but that are played exactly like the usual levels.
Also part of the animation are cargo-boats, or mine-carts that has to be filled with items.
Buildings are built from resources and many of them are dependent on others so there is a certain order but still you can choose on what to do up to one point .
The things I liked the most along with the great design is that it meant to bring fun so there not very tricky boards. All the items can be swapped, the board opens as soon as you match next to locks, and you can match while the items are still cascading.
Add to this really inspired graphics with a refreshing going through (can be played timed or relaxed), and gives you a very good M3 game.
And of course there a bunch of achievements to get if you like this things. :)