Not long ago Zeptolab, the makers of Cut the Rope, came out with a cute game full of jello-like, one-eyed monsters called Pudding Monsters. Seemingly as proof of the Collective Unconscious, developer Software Prodigy now brings us their version of cute, one-eyed monster jiggliness with match-three game, That Monster Game. Though the not the most complex creation in the world, it’s a fun little diversion, perfect for those fifteen minute work breaks.
As the name implies, the playing field is filled with otterpop-colored monsters of different (soft) geometric shapes. These googly-eyed globs of goo were created by bumbling scientist Professor Marty who desperately needs you to subdue them before they destroy his entire lab. You do that by connecting monsters of the same color and shape by dragging your finger across them, horizontally, vertically and diagonally. Chains can be made in any and all directions, which makes this super easy, like a match-three for kids under ten.
When a match is made, the monsters pop like gelatinous balloons and the remaining ones cascade downward. Each level is timed (60 seconds) and you can add to your time by making special-shaped matches. You can also create powerups–like a whirlwind that sucks up all the monsters of one color–by matching in certain ways.
There are three modes in the game: Blitz Mode, which is the standard timed mode, Challenger Mode, where you can take on your Facebook friends, and Strategy Mode, which throws enemy monsters at you that hurl themselves at you and “crack” your screen if you don’t remove them from the board. In this last mode, you’re allowed to continue until you’ve allowed three monsters to hit the screen.
Rather than energy, the game bases your play time on lives. You get three at once and can lengthen your play sessions significantly if you’re skilled enough to keep adding seconds to your timer. Once three levels have timed out and three of your lives are gone, you must either wait ten minutes minimum for your lives to recharge or spend real world money to buy additional lives.
Other little extras include randomly dropping coins and gems that you can use to rewind time or buy boosts and different boosts that give your matching powers that little extra kick.
That Monster Game is not the most innovative or difficult match-three game ever made, but it has a considerable amount of charm. It’s bright, colorful, cute, and offers enough variation and different game modes to keep it interesting. Best of all, it offers a more fair model of free-to-play than many other games, allowing for longer play times based on skill.
For more information about That Monster Game, visit the game’s official website.