Gel: Set & Match Review
Gel: Set & Match box art
System: X360 (XBLA) Review Rating Legend
Dev: Gastronaut Studios 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Gastronaut Studios 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: May 20, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

The multiplayer modes are also a nice addition. I find a lot of value in a game with so many gameplay modes, especially when it just cost me ten bucks. You can play co-op with an online or local friend and even battle it out against up to three others in total jelly-melting mayhem. If your friends enjoy the same kind of puzzling challenges, the three different multiplayer modes (Fever Points, Emblem, and Volleybomb) can definitely become addictive. The fun won’t last forever, but it’ll be a nice change of pace for those looking for new excitement.

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The aardvark-like creature you control throughout the game is interesting. I can’t say it struck me as cute or inspiring, but the ability to unlock costumes for it as you rack up stars makes it funny. It’s obvious that the developers wanted to extend the experience by adding the character customization formula. Turning the guy into a cowboy, a mad scientist, or a Victorian lady adds a humorous touch to the otherwise slightly bland presentation. The game sure is colorful, and the jelly textures are fun to look at, but the chess-inspired puzzle board and the simplistic storyline in Action mode don’t do much for the overall look and feel of the game.

The aural presentation is not award-winning material either. Simple tunes fit the themes in Action mode, and in puzzle mode you’ll pretty much hear the same music throughout. I like the melting sound effects and rewarding sounds when you match the pieces, but other than that, there isn’t a whole lot to celebrate. On the same token, there’s nothing to complain about either, which is a good thing.

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This game wasn’t extremely fun to start with; the steep learning curve after just the first couple of stages might turn some people off before they even give it a chance. However, if you stick with it long enough, you might find out this is actually a nice puzzle offering for an affordable price. Action mode is definitely the most fun, but all the multiplayer action and dozens of puzzle stages help to make Gel even more valuable. If you read this review from beginning to end, this game might be something worth looking into.

By Maria Montoro
CCC Site Director

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.7
Graphics
The level and character design has a kiddy vibe that might get some people confused, considering the level of challenge of this game. Gel textures are cool and fun to look at.
3.8
Control
This game is easy enough to play. Once you know the basics, you should be able to move and throw blocks like a pro.
3.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Simple music and sound effects suit the game but don’t make it special.
3.9
Play Value
There’s a whole lot to do if you enjoy challenging puzzlers: over 100 levels on Puzzle mode, tons of stages on Action mode, co-op support, and several multiplayer modes locally or via Xbox LIVE.
3.7
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Unique gameplay: It's a puzzle/action hybrid where Puzzle Mode provides brain-bending mental challenges, and the Action Mode is an innovative combination of side-scrolling action with puzzle matching gameplay.
  • Multiplayer modes: Xbox LIVE co-op play is in both Action and Puzzle modes, and Battle Mode features competitive online multiplayer play.
  • Customization: Customize your character with the huge array of options through the game's Item Store.


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