Jamaker – Fruit Story Review Nov 3, 2013 14:11:47 GMT -2
Post by Admin on Nov 3, 2013 14:11:47 GMT -2
Jamaker – Fruit Story is yet another match-three-of-a-kind game that, while being massively unoriginal, is still stupidly addictive. It resembles Candy Crush Saga in many ways, but without the extortionate in-app purchases and eye-shattering animations. However, there are lots of levels, plus some seriously challenging gameplay due to clever level design, in addition to some neat bonuses. The game is free and includes ads, but if Candy Crush is too sickly sweet for you, Jamaker – Fruit Story might feel like a healthier option.
Tested on: Nexus 4
Content Rating: Everyone
AndroidTapp.com Android Game Review:
Pros & Cons:
Nice, bright graphics!
Good quality sound, but the music is annoying.
Jamaker – Fruit Story is a Candy Crush Saga clone which, in it’s own way is a Bejewelled clone. In fact, the Google Play Store is saturated with match-three-of-a-kind games and Jamaker is very much just the latest of this trend. Regardless, despite this serious lack of originality, it’s remarkably addictive and, as the levels progress, seriously challenging.
Despite its serious lack of originality, it’s remarkably addictive
I was quite impressed with the level design and there are particular stages that are especially tricky. Matching 4 fruits rewards you with bomb bonus with blows up a 3×3 section of the grid. If you can match 5, you get a laser bonus which, when activated, takes out the entire row and column. Finally, you are sometimes able to get an ice-storm bonus. This, when swapped with a fruit, will destroy every other matching fruit on the grid.
Jamaker is similar to Candy Crush Saga in that it has frozen squares that require more hits to break and remove. There are also silver and coloured squares that require 1 and 2 more hits respectively. You essentially have to remove these to complete the level. If you like this kind of puzzle game, you will undoubtedly be drawn into Jamaker. While the the game is overly familiar, it is still fun to play.
The game is completely and utterly free, but does include banner ads during gameplay. This isn’t particularly intrusive, but there is no option to upgrade and remove the adverts. In many ways it is a very simple game and quite obviously cloned from other titles, but there’s no getting away from the fact that it’s addictive and very tricky to put down.
Each level has a time limit and if this runs down before you have removed the frozen and coloured squares, it’s game over. The position of the coloured squares in later levels makes the game very challenging as you find yourself reliant on the the bonuses to take out remove squares. Most grids give you plenty of turns to swap fruits, but if you get stuck the game will give you a hint or replace all the fruits if there are no moves left.
..the game is casual, but you might easily find yourself playing for larger chunks of time
The other thing of note is that the game is both very responsive and fast. The time limits are actually quite generous and each level rattles along very quickly. This means the game is casual, but you might easily find yourself playing for larger chunks of time.
It includes both sound and music and, while the sound is pretty good, the music is a little irritating. Thankfully both can be controlled and you can switch either on or off from the menu. Graphics-wise, it isn’t quite as slick as Candy Crush Saga but the colours are great and the game is wonderfully vibrant and juicy.