(Match-3)Review updated in October, 2019 after playing Steam version
Still one of my all-time favorite Match-3's!
Options include separate sliders for Music and Sound, Custom Cursor, Show Tips and Full-Screen. For me, it always started out in Windowed mode, so I just used the Alt-Enter shortcut to make it full-screen.
Choice of Timed or Relaxed Mode. There is a box you can check/uncheck before entering each level if you decide you want to change it, but 1. The timer is very generous, and 2. You get a score bonus for finishing early when you're on Timed mode. No extra gold, though!
Although the end of each level is the only time you'll be able to see your score, it is still handy for when you're competing against friends.Gameplay
This is the standard swap-to-match-3-or-more mechanic. The game starts out easily enough -- reach a goal, which is clearly listed on the left of the screen -- and you pass the level. The levels becomes more and more complex as you progress, but not to the point that it becomes stressful (even in timed mode.) Eventually you will have four goals to meet before you can finish the level.
Gameplay feels smooth and you can continue to make matches whilst pieces are still falling.
On each level you will earn gold coins
, which you'll use to decorate your house. When you first start, matching more than 3 items doesn't do anything, but the items you buy for your house will give you new bonuses and power-ups. Bonus Items
Once you purchase the appropriate decoration(s) for your house, you'll unlock matching bonuses. For instance, if you match five of the same item, you'll get a flashlight on the playing field, which will clear an entire row when activated. Later on you'll be able to upgrade that item and clear three rows with that flashlight!Power-ups
These are items that you find at the end of certain levels, and are for "sale" in your house area (they will cost you no gold). Power-ups can be found at the bottom of the screen, and once used, can be re-charged by matching glowing items.Sights and Sounds
I love the artwork for this game. The items, bombs and power-ups are all charming and fun, and every ten levels you get a new background which you can set as a wallpaper!
You can set your house (you know, the one you're decorating) as a wallpaper, as well.
The music is surprisingly-good, and the sound effects are well-suited to the environment.Verdict
offers 100 levels of well-designed fun. There are also 19 easy-to-obtain Steam achievements (there's a way to get the timed/untimed bonus without replaying the whole thing), and Steam cards for those who like to craft.
A Halloween-season favorite to share with the whole family!