|System: X360 (XBLA)||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: SlapDash Games||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Microsoft||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: March 26, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
After filling up a meter on the bottom of the screen, you will advance to the next stage. This unlocks the level and saves your score so you can best it at a later date. Furthermore, your current point total in the single player and co-op adventure are sent to the Xbox Live Leaderboard so you can compare your score to those of friends and other online players. Unfortunately, that's about the extent of the Xbox Live experience. There is a co-op campaign that can be played over Live, but you'll have a heck of a time finding anyone with whom you can play. This is a game that is most readily played locally or as a single player.
The graphics are very good for such a simple game. Visuals are output in 720p, making the images look sharp. The color-scheme used is very appropriate for the setting, and I was very happy with the vibrant look of the environments. The exploding block animations and the powerful power-up displays are great. It makes the game feel very satisfying. The same can be said for the sounds and music. I loved the mystical background tune, the roar of jaguars, the shrieks from monkeys, the tribal chants, and the explosive blasts of matched pieces. The sounds and sights of the game come together to make it an engaging experience for the senses. Top it all off with a simple control scheme that anyone can quickly master, and you've got the essentials for a very good game that should appeal to a large group of gamers.
This is not the best puzzle offering on Xbox Live, but if you are a fan of the genre, don't hesitate in downloading it. Unfortunately, it is pretty easy to beat, and as a result there will only be about 10 hours of fun in the initial play through. The simple game mechanic is not excellent, but it is good enough to go back and beat it several more times. Besting your score on each level is a nice challenge and does help to extend the life of the title. This is the perfect game to share with casual gamers and for hanging out on the coach while waiting for your friends to call. Don't expect anything remarkable, but it is worth the 800 Microsoft points.
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