I’m sort of the “game guy” on this site, so, true to form, I’m going to review another game. This one is called 7×7, and it is available for free on Google Play. 7×7 is a slow-paced colour-matching game, that, while not perfect, is definitely worth checking out.
You are initially presented with a blank 7 by 7 square board with a couple of coloured squares on it. Each turn, you can more one coloured square along a path of unoccupied places to somewhere else on the board. You only get one move per turn, unless you make a match in that move in which case you can go again (more on that later).
At the end of each turn, three additional coloured blocks are randomly placed in unoccupied places on the grid. The only objective is to keep going until the grid fills up, trying to get a high score. Read on to find out more!
…but gets very hectic very quickly! There’s no timer, however, so you’re free to play at a leisurely pace.
You can clear coloured squares off the board by making them into a line of 4 or more of the same colour. The line can be vertical, horizontal, or diagonal. After moving a square to make this line, all squares in the line are removed from the grid and you get another go before more are added. By making multiple matches in the one turn you increase your multiplier and thus your score. There are also limited power-ups that allow you to move a square to any location, regardless of whether or not it is blocked, and ones that let you undo a move.
Maybe this will explain it better than me!
7×7 is rather fun, but it is significantly hampered by the inherent randomness with how it places tiles after a turn. In my opinion, as soon as a puzzle game introduces randomness it takes much of the difficulty out of the player’s hands and thus can wind up frustrating the player, as they can’t predict at all where the colours are going to drop. This removes a lot of the strategy and forward thinking that usually goes hand in hand with mobile puzzle games.
In any case, while 7×7 isn’t perfect, it’s a nice (and free) timekiller that will be sure to have you repeatedly pressing “new game”, as long as the unpredictability doesn’t frustrate you too much. If you do play it, be sure to let us know what you think of it in the comments. What high score did you get? I’d love to know!
Size: 0.6 Mb
Needs: Android 4.0+