Soothing puzzle game
Author: Vlad Popa
Date: 11 Jul 2017, tested on Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo
No in-app purchases, addictive game play, simple controls, no ads
Graphics could have been better
Joinz for Android is one of those games that manage to prove that simple can be fun and addictive. Based around the simple premise of using blocks to form the needed geometric shapes in order to earn points and gain levels.
Sliding a colored block on the board will send it moving in that direction until it meets an obstacle in its path. If the obstacle encountered is of the same color as the moving square then they will be merged, forming a new that can be moved. Each time a move is performed without a successful merge, a new block is added to the board, continuing so until there are no available spaces on the board. The objective is to form shapes that match the ones shown at the top of the screen. Gifts earned during gameplay contain an assortment of useful power-ups that can help the user in tight situations. The Bomber and Laser power-ups are extremely useful as they help the user clear parts of the board, thus prolonging each round in this wonderful puzzle game.
The game’s simple gameplay and minimalistic graphics are paired with a relaxing soundtrack that has a calming effect on the user, even when the situation becomes dire and available spaces are limited. Even though simple is the best way to describe the graphics, this does not mean they are in any way poorly done, as the quality is obvious, especially when looking at the block merge and power-ups animations.
Overall Joinz is mostly worth the low price, due to its quality design. The combination of addictive gameplay, minimalist graphics and soothing soundtrack prove to be a great choice as the game is extremely hard to put down.