The connect-three style puzzle is one of the most over saturated game categories in the iTunes store. In fact, it’s a bit disheartening when I see another developer jump on the bandwagon. Don’t get me wrong, if I were a developer, I’d probably think about entering into this category for the sheer amount of people that play these types of games. But as you can imagine, there are a lot of sub par games within the market. Thanks in large part to a bunch of “cute but cheeky critters,” I’m happy to report that Mooniz is anything but a boring connect-three puzzler.
Fun, addictive and entertaining are three such descriptors I’d use when referring to the Mooniz and may I be so bold as to say it is probably one of the best in this category that I’ve played. In fact, after I was done with the review, I kept playing. That’s how much fun I’m having with the app.
The point of the Mooniz is simple at first. Connect colors in groups of three or more and they are blown off the screen. Connect enough colors and stars are earned toward the star counter in the top right of the screen. As players tap and connect like-colored moon monsters, more pour in from the top. However, to make things more interesting, players have to beat a time limit in each level of the classic mode. In the beginning rounds, this is very easy. Around level four is when it starts to get hairy.
And around this time is when players need to understand the importance of the killer power-ups as mindless tapping of critters will only allow them to cruise through the first few levels. Once the star counter increases, so does the importance of utilizing the killer power-ups such as the splash critter that explodes and dyes everything around it the same color enabling players to remove several of the Mooniz at one time for an even bigger star bonus. This will prove integral to progressing through the harder levels. However, after you run out there is only one way to gather more and that’s with coins. Players can earn more coins through regular gameplay or pay for them via in-app purchases.
With its cute cuddly creatures, addictive gameplay and killer power-ups, Mooniz makes for hours of fun. Albeit, some of that fun will be very frustrating at times as you try to move up the points ladder. For $.99, it’s a must buy as it is a very refreshing entry for the mostly mundane connect-three game category.