Price (RRP): $4.99
Games don’t come more addictive than this puzzler, mixing role-playing elements with a pixelated sense of humour and a feeling that Candy Crush and Columns will never be the same again.
Our first review of 2016 could have been a router, and it could have been a phone. It could have been a pair of really nice headphones, but we decided to start things off with a game.
Not just any game, though. No, we’re starting the year fresh with a game that has been keeping our attention for quite a few days now, and since it was released in the middle of 2015, its ability to hold that attention for as long as it has tells us just how good this game is.
The game isn’t like every other game either, and yet it’s also like plenty of other titles. In fact, the game is very instructional simply from its name.
You Must Build A Boat.
That’s the name of the game, and more or less the order of the game, because this is a game about building a boat by running through dungeons while matching icons inside a long running puzzle game.
Technically called a “Match 3” game, “You Must Build A Boat” has you match three or more icons in a grid to make actions happen to your little running guy at the top of the screen.
As he runs, he’ll encounter monsters he’ll need to slay, and to do that, you’ll need to match icons of swords and magic staff, with the matching of these icons activating the attack.
You can match shields to protect him from their attacks and match keys to open up treasure chests as you see them, with the idea being everything you match and align doing some sort of action on screen.
Match several things and several things will happen, with the more consecutive matches you have piling up and making even more things happen.
In essence, it’s a puzzle game powering an adventure game, because for your little running guy to finish the level, you’ll have to match icons related to what he’s encountering up above.