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App-A-Day Project: Tumblecaps

Caps Come Tumbling DownAnother day, another application that's actually better than the last.  This time around I'll be looking at Tumblecaps, a somewhat original take on the whole match 3 genre.  I must confess that I probably have a bit of a soft spot for this game simply because I love match 3 games, but I think if you were to play all of the games up to this point you would agree that this is the most solid entry (Pegburner is a close second, but all the problems I had with unresponsive controls sets it back a bit from this one).

As I said, this is a match 3 (or more) game.  The objects are caps from soda bottles, but that's not what really makes Tumblecaps different from the competitors.  Where the game strays in a good way is that the caps come tumbling down from the top of the screen - hence the name - and fill in whatever available space remains at the bottom of the screen.  In addition to this, the caps aren't your typical square tiles, so they will actually collide with each other and roll down if possible.  Your job is to select three or more caps of the same brand as they are falling, and then click on a cap of another type to clear the caps you've selected.  The game is timed, and you'll get a bit of time back for each match you make.  There are also hourglasses that fall every once in a while, and clicking them will give you bonus time as well.  The game will speed up after reaching certain point intervals, and when you run out of time it's game over.

The graphics are pretty decent in Tumblecaps.  There's a nice checkered backdrop that looks like a tablecloth from your local diner, and the bottle caps look like the could have actually come off of real products.  The main sound effects are a quick pop when you've made a match, and a reassuring "awww" when you finally run out of time.  The sound track is a quirky 90's beatbox with an oddly 60's feel to it (or maybe I just have the 60's on my brain for some reason).  Overall I found this title enjoyable and a nice departure from your typical match 3 game, and I give it a B.

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Coming Up Next: Trounce
Day Three: Pegburner
Day Two: GardenGrow
Day One: Tic-Tac-Bacon

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Eric Pankoke has been a gamer for more than 20 years. He began with arcade games, moving to consoles and eventually handhelds and Pocket PCs. Now he spends most of his time on one of his iOS devices. Eric has written more than 700 gaming reviews, which have appeared on a number of gaming websites as well as several issues of both Smartphone & Pocket PC and iPhone Life magazines. He regularly contributes to iphonelife.com and TouchMyApps. Ultimately he hopes to eventually develop games himself for whatever the hot mobile device is when he finally gets moving.