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Carlosz
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iPhone Game Review: Card Drop
      #34360 - 09/01/09 10:16 PM

iPhone Game Review: Card Drop

Solitaire card games are very popular and Card Drop adds an action touch to the genre delivered in a well balanced package.

Loading time is short and there is only one game mode. In resume, another good Pick up and Play game.

The initial screen is organized and gives you access to the online scores, your achievements, a mute button and, of course, a Play shortcut.



The online score board is a good addition that increases the replay value. However, you can not scroll the list so you can not see e.g. who is the first if you are the 9th. To access the entire list you have to visit the developer?s web site.

Gameplay

The goal is very simple: stack cards in ascending and/or descending order by drawn one of the four bottom cards over one of the falling cards.

The left yellow bar fills if you stack some cards but empties if you didn?t make one. Once the bar is completely empty the game is over.

To make things harder the dropping speed increases and gets frantic in a good way.

In order to keep you interested in the game you can reach 9 achievements and try the best online score.

Controls are very responsive so you can enjoy the frantic time as much as your fingers allow.



Graphics

The graphics are good and the solitaire theme is there. Green background and easy to read cards.

The animation is smooth and it offers a visual feedback of your stack scores.

Sound

The game provides an OK background music (a bit repetitive) and subtle sounds.

In addition, Card Drop allows iPOD music but you have to mute the game. It would be better to support iPOD music along with sound effects.




Pros

Good pick up and play game
Good graphics
Subtle sounds
Online scores and achievements
It can properly resume

Cons

It partially supports iPOD music
Repetitive background music
You can?t scroll online scores
Only one game mode

Conclusion

Card Drop is an interesting and well designed solitaire card game with an action touch. Its simple rules and resume feature makes it a perfect pick up and play game.

Ratings (scale of 1 to 5):

Graphics: -4- easy to read cards
Sound: -2.5- it does not support iPOD music properly
Controls: -5- very responsive
Gameplay: -3.5- perfect for a quick session but only one game mode

Playing Hints and Tips:
Try to stack at least one card in every falling card
Tap a falling card to discard
You can stack a card even if a falling card is not completely visible at bottom

Game Facts:
Developer: Kuyi Mobile
Release Date: Aug 10, 2009
Genre: Puzzle
Price: $0.99
Size: 2.5 MB
Buy Game: iTunes App Store

Edited by Tong Zhang (09/02/09 10:18 AM)


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LordGek
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Re: iPhone Game Review: Card Drop [Re: Carlosz]
      #34375 - 09/02/09 11:07 AM

No clue how they compare but Powerise makes two variants of this game as well.

Numbers I:
http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=324827065&mt=8

Numbers Unlimited:
http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=327222075&mt=8 (which appears to be free at the moment)

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Re: iPhone Game Review: Card Drop [Re: LordGek]
      #34405 - 09/03/09 11:22 AM

Great review, Carlos!!

The developer mentioned "we'll be releasing the 1.1.0 update soon which will include tons of new features and your reviewer's suggestion about full iPod music playback support. We knew that people would want to play their own music but we didn't know that players still want sound effects while their own music is playing--great suggestion btw! "


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