Review Smoothie Swipe
A pretty run of the mill match three game
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 12 Jun 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Adopts matching mechanics from other puzzle games, features time limit levels
The art style is uninspired, useless power-ups
Smoothies are pretty delicious and Smoothie Swipe for Android is a game that will definitely get your yearning for one. It’s a match three game that gives players a few more options to match fruit than what I’d consider typical. Levels have you moving from island to island, scoring as many points as you can to get three stars. So, what kind of allure does this game have over others?
Well, for starters, you’re able to draw lines through fruit similar to other puzzle games that have you creating gigantic chains to score huge points. This is fundamentally different from most match three games that actually have you swapping out tiles in order to make lines or three or more matches. What this means is that combos only mean bigger points, though. And that’s one mechanic the game does worse.
Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely power-ups here but you have to pay for them in order to unlock them and a good majority of them are pretty useless. Whereas some games would have you matching multiple gems to create more powerful ones that might do things like clearing entire rows or completely taking out one type of gem, here you have to spend money of that stuff.
The rest of the game is remarkably mediocre. You have to score past a three tiered threshold in order to get three stars which is typical for genres like this. And you’ll eventually be asked to match certain amounts of fruits. The coolest mode here is the time limit mode which essentially asks you to score as many points in a set amount of time as possible.
Smoothie Swipe does do a few things to change it up but I honestly think the content and art design hold it back because it looks so much like every other match three game out there. If you put this one in a line-up of five others, I wouldn’t be able to pick it out and a few twists aren’t going to change bad design.