bfgRhone
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Reviews for Alice and the Magic Gardens

[Post New]by bfgRhone on Apr 4, 12 12:23 AM
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bfgRhone
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Re:Reviews for Alice and the Magic Gardens

[Post New]by bfgRhone on Apr 4, 12 12:23 AM
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Valdy
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Re:Reviews for Alice and the Magic Gardens

[Post New]by Valdy on Apr 4, 12 12:31 AM
This game only comes in timed mode. If you don't make it within the time, you have to repeat the level. The timer takes about 8 minutes to run out.

No choice of cursor, no voice-over.

This M3 game is somewhat reversed. You see blocks of squares, which you have to break in order to get the fruit underneath.

There are light blue blocks, which break when you match 3 or more.
There are beige blocks, which break when you match 3 or more.
And there are dark blue blocks, which you can't use to match 3 or more.

You can match 3 or more in a straight line or around the corner - don't know how else to explain it. LOL

ETA: jkuci said it for me: Those "around the corner" matches are "L-shapes".

You earn power-ups, and you will get money from the fruit you collect, with which you can design your own garden.

I am not even considering buying this game, simply because it does not come in relaxed mode nor can you continue to the next level once the timer has ran out.

More ETA: I thought the graphics were very nice. I liked them. I just didn't like having to play a timed game.

Edited on 04/04/2012 at 1:58:38 AM PST


 
jkuci
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Re:Reviews for Alice and the Magic Gardens

[Post New]by jkuci on Apr 4, 12 1:20 AM
At first, I thought this would be a boring M3 with bad graphics...well, it still does have bad graphics but its sure not boring!

Lots going on here with at least two games in one at the same time, plus morphing game pieces, plus you can make matches using L shapes, plus you have several kinds of varmints trying to eat or spoil the fruit pieces...and it's timed. And thats just the first level groups.

I wish the devs had put alot more work into the graphics but the gameplay is pretty darned cool.

I am tempted to buy this even though it raises my blood pressure some.



Addendum: Bonus game where you earn extra money by splatting ladybugs...

Edited on 04/04/2012 at 1:25:21 AM PST


 
joray2
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Re:Reviews for Alice and the Magic Gardens

[Post New]by joray2 on Apr 4, 12 3:21 AM
Hi,I played 39mins of the demo and than bought it. It's a match three game with a twist and I great storyline. This is a winner for me. No voice-over but you really don't miss it! Great game,give it a try.

 
bratzgram
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Re:Reviews for Alice and the Magic Gardens

[Post New]by bratzgram on Apr 4, 12 5:01 AM
At the beginning I was a bit upset. There is NO instruction at all but it is easy enough to figure out if you give it a chance. AND you should.

I know some players will be disappointed that this has no relaxed mode. I only play Match 3s in timed so this is perfect for me

This starts out seemingly a boring game but give it a few minutes and you'll be hooked! My hour demo was up far to fast. I thought there was a technical problem when it stopped because I didn't think I was anywhere near the hour limit.

You really have to give this a shot. It stresses you out a bit but in a good way

Definite buy for me .


 
hannah57
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Re:Reviews for Alice and the Magic Gardens

[Post New]by hannah57 on Apr 4, 12 7:39 AM
I played half the demo and had to quit because I didn't like it at all. I find it to repetative and cartoonish. Maybe tomorrow there'll be a better game.

 
VTCT
Clownfish
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Re:Reviews for Alice and the Magic Gardens

[Post New]by VTCT on Apr 4, 12 8:56 AM
won't play won't buy this is a childs game! UGH! I do not like 3 match games!

Edited on 04/04/2012 at 8:56:44 AM PST


 
Lord_Lollipop
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Re:Reviews for Alice and the Magic Gardens

[Post New]by Lord_Lollipop on Apr 4, 12 9:54 AM
If matching games are your thing then enjoy.


 
mtvoyager
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Re:Reviews for Alice and the Magic Gardens

[Post New]by mtvoyager on Apr 4, 12 10:45 AM
I'm not crazy about match three games, but I play them one in a while. This one wasn't for me. I felt the objectives weren't clear enough. I didn't like that you couldn't cross over the colored tiles with the fruit.

 

Re:Reviews for Alice and the Magic Gardens

[Post New]by daisyduck352 on Apr 4, 12 10:57 AM
I like match 3 games but this one I don't really care for. Might just be me but, it's not a very interesting game.

 
jkuci
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Re:Reviews for Alice and the Magic Gardens

[Post New]by jkuci on Apr 4, 12 11:14 AM

I just bought this because, after playing the entire demo before I went to bed last night, I dreamed about the gameplay all night and I just wanted to play it some more.

I never play M3 game in untimed mode, so the timer is no deterrent for me.


 
MEnr56
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Re:Reviews for Alice and the Magic Gardens

[Post New]by MEnr56 on Apr 4, 12 11:16 AM
jkuci wrote:At first, I thought this would be a boring M3 with bad graphics...well, it still does have bad graphics but its sure not boring!

Lots going on here with at least two games in one at the same time, plus morphing game pieces, plus you can make matches using L shapes, plus you have several kinds of varmints trying to eat or spoil the fruit pieces...and it's timed. And thats just the first level groups.
I wish the devs had put alot more work into the graphics but the gameplay is pretty darned cool.
I am tempted to buy this even though it raises my blood pressure some.

Addendum: Bonus game where you earn extra money by splatting ladybugs...




Splatting ladybugs??? Ladybugs are good for the environment, why not flies or mosqitoes? I dislike this game even more now as it's timed only and now splatting poor ladybugs.

MEnr56

 
jkuci
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Re:Reviews for Alice and the Magic Gardens

[Post New]by jkuci on Apr 4, 12 11:25 AM
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Edited on 04/05/2012 at 3:52:26 AM PST


 
lackoo
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Re:Reviews for Alice and the Magic Gardens

[Post New]by lackoo on Apr 4, 12 12:03 PM
Dear Developers ,

I'm sorry , but i got bored with your game after 7 minutes of gameplay .

 
lordkalvan
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Re:Reviews for Alice and the Magic Gardens

[Post New]by lordkalvan on Apr 4, 12 1:32 PM
I enjoyed playing the previous games in this series (Fruit Lockers, and I think the other one was Enchanted Islands or something like that) but since this does NOT have an untimed mode and my hands are slower now, I won't be buying this one. I enjoy the puzzles, but HATE that timer. I don't like feeling rushed.

 
essgee52
Minnow
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Re:Reviews for Alice and the Magic Gardens

[Post New]by essgee52 on Apr 4, 12 2:03 PM
I liked it a lot, although wasn't crazy about the bonus levels. It's a different kind of M3 and you have to think what you're doing to complete the levels with the best score. I never ran out of time, and enjoyed the challenge of trying to get gold on each level.

 
gimmegames
Angelfish
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Re:Reviews for Alice and the Magic Gardens

[Post New]by gimmegames on Apr 4, 12 7:01 PM
This is Fruit Lockers type gameplay, which is certainly a different twist on Match-3, and a different sort of challenge to play. I bought this one after the demo hour.

One thing I really like in this one is the relaxing music - several offerings lately have been good that way, and it does make me like them much more - and makes the pests in the games easier to calmly deal with.

As for squashing ladybugs, I don't like that either just because it's a reflex-type mini-game. But the timer is for 1 minute - not too long - and if I get to really hating it, I reckon I can go refill my drink glass while it runs... (btw, some ladybugs bite, and I have no qualms about squishing those ;-) - I think the biting ones were released to kill pests at some point...)

Edited on 04/04/2012 at 7:03:50 PM PST


 
MsHamster
Lobster
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Re:Reviews for Alice and the Magic Gardens

[Post New]by MsHamster on Apr 4, 12 10:49 PM
Cute game, nice little twist for a match 3 game with the blocks vs fruit and the L-shape in addition to row matches. Swatting the lady bugs was painful and lasted too long. Not enough to keep me interested or wanting to keep playing after the demo was done.

 
NormaNorman
Minnow
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Re:Reviews for Alice and the Magic Gardens

[Post New]by NormaNorman on Apr 5, 12 1:02 PM
mtvoyager wrote:I'm not crazy about match three games, but I play them one in a while. This one wasn't for me. I felt the objectives weren't clear enough. I didn't like that you couldn't cross over the colored tiles with the fruit.


I do like M3 games, but I'm not even sure this IS a M3 game it was so different. The inability to cross fruit and tiles was particularly annoying, and for now a bit beyond my difficulty range.

I had a difficult time when I first played match 3's. I simply couldn't see the matches, but eventually I learned how, and now M3 are some of my favorites. But there are not one, or two, but at least THREE radical departures from traditional M3 games in this one. It's simply too much for me to take in. If there were a slower learning curve, and yes a relaxed gameplay option I might go for it.

But in the absence of this, game is a no go for me.

 
 
 
 
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