When pushed to describe number-based puzzler Drop 7, most folks mention Tetris and Sudoku. Indeed, that’s how we described it in our recent Top 7 iPhone Games feature. The Sudoku reference is fair enough, but the similarities to Tetris really end with the falling blocks (or numbered tokens, in this case). In fact, in that respect, Drop 7 bears just as much resemblance to, say, Columns or Puyo Puyo. But I digress. Drop 7 is good. Really good.
In Drop 7, circular tokens fall into a 7x7 grid. Each token has a number on it, from 1 to 7. Once placed, if the number matches the total number of contiguous tokens in the row or column, that token disappears. Any other tokens with the same number disappear too. So, for example, when a column gets to six tokens high, all the 6s vanish. If a token is pushed above the 7x7 grid, it’s game over. It might sound slightly convoluted, but you’ll grasp the mechanics within moments of picking up Drop 7.
To keep things interesting, plain grey tokens occasionally fall from the top of the screen. They also ascend in rows from the bottom each time you advance a level. These grey tokens have numbers on them too, but they’re hidden under a couple of crispy grey shells. To crack the shells, you need the grey token to be adjacent to a disappearing number, twice. With both shells removed, the number is revealed and it then behaves like a regular token. Again, remarkably simply once you’ve seen it in action.
Drop 7 is a fairly laid back affair. There’s no timer, and hence no incentive to drop the tokens with any degree of urgency. However, there is a counter at the bottom left. Each time you drop a token, the counter goes down by one. When the counter empties, you receive a welcome level-up bonus, along with a not-so-welcome row of pesky grey tokens.
And that’s all there is to Drop 7. Easy. In terms of game modes, there’s Hardcore, which starts off with more tokens on-screen, and Sequence, in which the tokens are numbered identically every time you play. Nothing too outrageous, but Drop 7's Normal mode alone will hold your interest for weeks.
- Easy to learn
- Great in short bursts
- Online high scores
- Only three - near-identical - game modes
- Hugely addictive
- Single player only
Summary: Drop 7 is such a stupidly simple idea, it seems crazy that no one thought of it before. Try it and watch the hours trickle away.
Developer: Area/Code Entertainment
Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later
Price: £1.79 App Store Link
Score: 4/5 stars