Jul 28, 2010
User review by PlumCricket
I think that BFG has done this game a disservice by advertising it as a HOG. There are HO elements, but it's largely Match 3. I think I've lasted longer than anyone else so far: I'm on level 90.
As Match 3 games go, it's got some interesting innovations: you choose your own "geography" (hexagons, squares, or letting the game randomly choose) and "mechanics" (long chains, short chains, swaps, or changing). The power-ups are fun, though the tornado seems fairly useless.
There isn't much plot: The local Kingdom is under a curse because the citizens have forgotten to honor the four elemental gods, so Serena (a princess?) and Lucas (some sort of expert - it's never really quite clear) go on a quest. For each elemental, you have to find four HO objects, then place them where they need to go to restore the scene, then recover four objects via Match 3, which are then placed in the scene. Each Match 3 object takes three rounds to recover. You do this twice for the HO scenes and twice four the Match 3s, so yeah, you play a LOT of Match 3; the HO parts go REALLY quickly. Once the main "story" is established, there's virtually no plot development of any kind, and the characters don't say anything to one another, just go from task to task.
There are two kinds of music: between the scenes features very dramatic, violin-based music, but the actual Match 3 scenes - you know, where you're essentially blowing stuff up - is a cheerful, flute-based theme that I think they took directly from "Love Chronicles: The Spell." You do start to feel like the Chirpy Axe Murderer after a while.
I'm rating this game 3 stars for two reasons: one, I think that dedicated Match 3 enthusiasts with few HO expectations will probably like this game; and two, the developers *didn't* use a tired, badly-researched faux-Mayan plot scenario. No, I don't know what the title means either... but at least I don't have to swallow any more fake Mayan themes. (They're starting to get to me.)