Hey guy, if you’re looking for an opinion on Hoots, currently available as a free download from the App Store and Google Play, you’ve come to the right place. I’m, like, the best Hoots player in the world.
For serious, at the time of writing, my top Hoots score is 157, a whole 19 points clear of second place. Autographs only £50.
What the hell is Hoots? I’m glad you asked. It’s the latest release from Kurt Beig and Simple Machines, the guys behind – among other things – 4 Thrones, a Solitaire variant with a Game of Thrones twist.
As a 4 Thrones fan, I had pretty high hopes for Hoots, but I was initially – initially – a tad disappointed.
Hoots is essentially a match three game played out on a 3x3 grid with coloured owls (hence the name), and the goal is simply to make as many matches as possible in the 60-second time limit.
Make two matches in one move and you get a little time boost; make a diagonal match and that nets you three points instead of just one.
And, uhm, that’s pretty much all there is to Hoots. No power-ups, no modifiers, no levels… nothing.
However, after a few games of Hoots, I started to appreciate the simplicity. Maybe I’m too used to playing the completely over-the-top Marvel Puzzle Quest, with the heroes and the superpowers and the explosions and what have you.
See, conversely, Hoots is completely clean; it’s ultimately a 60-second time attack with no goofing around. Simple as it is, I can’t say I’ve played anything like it. Not lately, anyway. We’re recalling a simpler time for match three games, circa Bejeweled, but even that’s comparatively mental.
So, yes, Hoots is incredibly simple, but not entirely rubbish (bearing in mind that my vague positivity is almost certainly skewed by my World Champion status).
My only other vague criticism of Hoots is that occasionally the owls feel a tad unresponsive, though it’s possible I was being a tad wild with my swipes when I should be adopting pinpoint accuracy.
Otherwise, lack of levels/backgrounds/power-ups/anything aside, Hoots is completely fine with a sprinkle of good.
- It’s free
- Easy to learn
- I’m the World Champion
- There’s… nothing to it
- No power-ups, no levels… nothing
- Are the owls occasionally unresponsive?
Summary: Hoots is a refreshingly simple match three game, with an utterly inspiring World Champion.
Developer: Simple Machine
iOS compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
Android compatibility: Requires Android 2.2 or above.