A Bit Of A Disappointment
BASED ON DEMO
The site where I originally saw this game implied that there were mahjong as well as pictograph levels in this game. THAT would have been impressive and fun. Instead, we have a standard issue 8 Floor production, without even an air of Christmas atmosphere to recommend it.
The game looks good, as all these games do, colourful and clear graphics, but no animation. The locations are mere background wallpaper, and there are only 6 of them, and that’s it for your Xmas theme. The images made by the grids may be xmasy but you can’t see them as they are whipped away to show the score page before you can get a good look. The music is not xmasy at all, despite what the blurb says.
There are six rooms, each representing the next stage in your progress, each with 20 pictograph grids. They start off very easy, just 5x5, but there are also only a couple of hints and no more than 2 mistakes allowed, in these early games. As the games get harder, you are allowed more hints and mistakes.
You are awarded a maximum of 3 stars for each level, and you need 3 stars on every level before you can gain access to the next room.
The stars are granted based on 3 different measures:
1. A certain number of points
2. Earned so many $$
3. Completed the grid in a set time, plus
4. Bonuses for not using hint and/or making mistakes.
You can replay the level immediately or at another time to beat your previous rating, or you can use your $ to buy different powerups, such as mistakes allowance x3, in the shop. Also to gain access to higher levels you haven’t qualified for yet.
There is a top score page as well, and achievements and trophies.
As I say, all very much exactly the cookie cutter mould that is 8 Floor Games, and it is not even xmasy. I Don't Recommend This Game!