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Review AE Roundy POP
Destroy large clusters of animated blocks
Author: Evgenii Kostrov
Date: 19 Sep 2013, tested on Nokia Lumia 920
AE Roundy POP is a very exciting arcade game with elements of puzzle for Windows Phone in which our task will be to clear the playing field of colored cubes. The gameplay is probably familiar to everyone, but there are certain moments that make the game more funny and unique. So, the cubes are destroyed by double-clicking on their one-color clusters of two or more pieces. For every destroyed block points are awarded at an exponential rate, so that it is in your best interest to remove clusters consisting of the largest number of cubes.
Gameplay featuresThe game provided with a place the laws of physics thanks to which the cubes that are at the top of the playing field fall down when the room under them get empty. Furthermore, they shift to the left side of the playing field. That is, there won't be any voids in the game, and it will help you in creating a situation where there are quite a lot of cubes of the same color on one place. Yes, of course, you will have to sometimes sacrifice a small amount of cubes in order to lower down the next cluster of the desired color and to collect even more same-colored blocks in the bottom of the playing field. In most cases, small sacrifices are paid off over and above by the sizeable reward for the simultaneous clearing of a large part of the playing field.
When only mixed cubes which cannot be destroyed are left on the playing field, there comes a vortex and sucks all that's remaining. At that, for each cube you will get extra coins. Of course, there will be a very little number of them, but sometimes just a few points are being lacked in order to pass over to the next level, and in this respect the ending of the game helps greatly. So, what is the complexity of the game? It's very simple - to go to the next level you must earn a certain amount of game points (which is indicated at the top, in the center of the screen).
Conditions that have to be observedRequirements of the game become more complex gradually but with different intervals. The game score is not reset but grows with each new level. For example, for the passing over to the second level you have to get 1,000 points. In this case, you have no limits, and if you're careful, you can easily gain even 2,000 points. To move to the third level you will need to have 3,000 points, and to go to the fourth level you will need 6,000 of them. Have you noticed the difference in 3000 points? So, in the fifth level you will get after reaching 8,000. That is, you will need to score 1,000 points less than in the previous challenge. While no one is saying that it will be easy.
ResumeUnable to cope with the task, you can choose to save (if you have enough money) and try to pass that level again. For the next saving the in-game currency will likely not be enough, but you can use the Donat system and buy the necessary amount of virtual money for real. The game also has an "Undo" button which allows to undo the last action, but again, this is only available in exchange for the in-game currency. That is actually all that can be said about the gameplay. The graphics in the game are quite enjoyable. The sound is good as well and fits perfectly into what is happening on the other side of the screen. You can download AE Roundy POP for free and play without restrictions, but there will be an advertising in the form of a narrow banner.