Review My Little Pony: Puzzle Party
Twilight Sparkle and Rainbow Dash in match-three game
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 11 Nov 2016, tested on HTC One M8
Top-notch graphics, features recognizable music from the show, has unique gameplay requirements
Limited mechanics compared to other match-three games
Let’s get this out of the way right off the bat: My Little Pony: Puzzle Party for Android isn’t a game for Bronies. This is a match-three game that goes after its target audience: small children. Looking at it from that perspective, it does a great job giving children a fun game to play that falls in line really well with the show itself.
If this is the first match-three game then I’ll admit, it’s not a bad one. Of course, the mechanics are a bit limited when compared to other games like it. For instance, you’re not dragging or moving different colored pieces around. Instead, you have to essentially play where the pieces fall. You’ll be selecting squares that are the same color; matching two or more tiles of the same color will add to your score and they’ll disappear, allowing more pieces to slide down.
Similar to other games, though, are the power-ups. If you match five or more pieces together then you’ll get various power-ups, depending on how many you get. Sometimes they blast the entire column you’ve matched, other times it’ll blast every color tile you just matched. The goal of each game is to match however many tiles are required at the beginning of each level.
As someone who has played tons and tons of match-three games, My Little Pony: Puzzle Party didn’t really pull me in. That said, fans of the series will like it. It has all the voices of the ponies and music from the show, too. Plus, there is a bit of story tied to the game to make things interesting for fans.