Pet Rescue Saga
A tapping, color-matching machine.
With millions of players addicted to the Facebook edition, it was only a matter of time before King brought Pet Rescue Saga to iOS and Android. Available free-of charge, the game challenges users to achieve a handful of goals centered on the basic concept of destroying similarly-colored blocks. It's fun, pretty and a good way to pass the time without forking over cash unless you want to.
Candy Crush Saga fanatics will pick up on the similarities. Similar to that title, players can sync the game to their Facebook accounts with the dual purpose of comparing high scores with friends and pestering them for more lives. There's also a variety of power-ups, from the pick-axe that eliminates blocks to balloons that let users blow up pieces of a specific color. The game slowly doles out these items and by and large expects players to pay for them. The same holds true with lives. Once these run out, it's $0.99 to acquire five more. Either that, or people can wait for their generous buddies to provide some for free.
As for those aforementioned goals, these include rescuing a set number of critters to eliminating 95 percent of the blocks. The key to success involves paying close attention to these requirements and how puzzles change. One may offer infinite lives while another forces gamers to work with a limited supply. To King's credit, mixing things up adds tremendous value to the initial round of 72 levels. Players won't know what's next.
That said, the game's presentation falls behind its counterparts, with music and imagery that seems a bit less magical than King's previous releases. This is ultimately a small knock on an otherwise addictive puzzler, one that'll keep players busy until their lives inevitably run dry.
What's Hot:Addictive match-up gameplay, 72 puzzles, Facebook integration.
What's Not:Constant reminder of in-app purchasing.