Legacy: Mystery Mansion
Match Three games are not often called tough, some games of the same genre are interesting but most of the time it is described as the game that doesn’t need so much thinking to do. This is exactly what Legacy: Mystery Mansion is all about.
This game has the idea of making Match Three puzzle complicated. The story simply revolves around a haunted and mysterious mansion, and the players’ goal is to collect the parts of the antiques that are missing. These antiques are spread all over the mansion, collecting all of these will lead to the solving of the mystery. This is achieved by dropping each piece respectively towards the bottom. The gameplay is performed as in other Match Three, where you match the same objects in order to clear them. The goal in this game however, is to add up priceless antique pieces to a collection by clearing the object.
A five-minute time limit is present, so a fast reaction is necessary so as to ferry important pieces to the bottom of the screen. This game is very challenging and the players experience being in deep that they sometimes fail while trying to free the exact pieces.
The theme in this game is a little bit spooky yet attractive. It is very interesting and it gives a challenging experience to the players. And with its reasonable price value, it is certainly one of the most successful Match Three puzzles that players would love to buy and spend some of their leisure time with.
Much more often than we’d care to, we find ourselves reviewing games that have a lot of potential but are greatly lacking in the actual execution per whole. Whether the intended genre is adventure but the game is lacking in the visual or story aspect, or whether the game is very story-driven but lacking in the game play aspect is unimportant. The major problem is that said game is lacking.
Unfortunately, Tiny Lights seems to belong to this category of games, as a game with an intriguing (and refreshing) atmosphere, that could have been turned into much more. The game suffers from several problems however, such as poor character control, overly simple puzzles, a currency that is all but useless in your endeavor and so on.
Tiny Lights allows you to choose one of 5 different characters, each with his own special ability, his own glowy character and slightly different shape. You control these characters via point and click and use them to explore the dark world of the game. Each character has special abilities, whether it is being able to attack, being able to open doors, find secrets, etc. The in-game currency that you can pick up is used to improve your village, making it more visually appealing and offering a sense of reward.
I believe that the game tries to be too many things at once. A shooter that has no variety as only 1 of the characters can attack and his attacks cannot be modified or improved, and that is impeded by the moving system, often moving you towards the enemy instead of shooting at them, a puzzle game that has extremely simple puzzles that only seem to slow down your progress rather than make you think too much, a currency system that has little rewards, and so on.
It’s not all bad however. The game does create a very interesting atmosphere, with some great music backing it up. The visuals are beautiful in their own way, and over all the game does seem somewhat entrancing. It saddens us that the game is not something more, but we can still hope that future updates improve on the current state of the game.