You’d be forgiven for thinking that Monster Match, available now from the App Store and Google Play, was one of them games where you flip over cards and ultimately have to match all the pairs. Y’know, like Concentration?
But nope, it actually concerns monsters and matching; essentially it’s match three with Pokémon elements.
In traditional match fashion, the Monster Match playing area is comprised of a number of coloured gem type things. All your favourites are there, including red, blue, green, yellow and more.
By drawing a line with your finger, you can dispose of adjacent gems (horizontally, vertically and diagonally), and – all going well – you might just set off an explosive chain reaction.
However, rather than arbitrarily matching coloured gems, it’s advisable to pay attention to what’s going on above and below.
At the bottom, you’ll see a team of five monsters (six, if you borrow one from a friend); that’s your team. When you match green gems, your green monsters will attack, and so on.
Better still, there’s a little power meter for each; fill that and your monster can unleash a special thingy with a tap, perhaps a powerful attack, a shield lowererer, or a group heal.
But why would you need to heal? And who are you attacking? I’m glad you asked, man. Check out the next paragraph.
At the top of the screen are the Monster Match baddies. They move closer each turn, and when they reach the bottom, they attack, draining your health.
Each individual Monster Match round generally plays out in a number of waves, and each wave finishes when you dispose of the monsters at the top. The last wave often features a boss or “guardian”, and you'll intermittently catch enemy monsters. Good stuff.
And that’s the game side of Monster Match – the actual matching of the jewels and the attacks and what have you.
Outwith those gem-based battles, you can do things to enhance your Monster Match team, such as sacrificing spare monsters to boost ones that actually make the cut (you can only take five into battle), or even evolving them (how very Pokémon).
So far, so good. However, there’s also a ton of convoluted social and currency stuff in Monster Match that is simply of no interest to me. Just leave me alone to match gems and collect monsters, yeah?
Having said that, you can largely ignore all that guff, and I’ve been playing for many, many hours without feeling obliged to get my wallet out. Good times.
- Lots of monsters (200+)
- Lots of levels and stuff
- Nice and colourful
- The social stuff
- The 900 (er, 2-3) different currencies
- The match element is fairly generic
Summary: If you like match games and/or Pokémon, chances are you’ll enjoy Monster Match. It’s pretty good.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.