In Spooky Spirits: Puzzle Drop!! you have to help two young spirit wardens in getting your escaped ghosts back. The spirit wardens, Becky and Tim, were asleep for just a short second and that was all it took. Now the spookies are scattered around the world, and by some strange reason the only way to get them back is to match falling blocks.
Spooky Spirits: Puzzle Drop!! is a match 2 game where you have to make coloured matches by choosing a combination of blocks to drop. You move your selection left and right by swiping, and move the blocks by swiping upward. This way you can move any block to any position you want to. Simply swipe down to drop the combination onto the play area. I find the controls somewhat cumbersome, as there is a lot of swiping going on to create a combination suitable to the situation. Still at most times when I get game over it is because I messed up myself.
There are three game modes in Spooky Spirits: Puzzle Drop!!: Panic mode that gives you a target score to reach before the screen fills, Eternity mode that lets you play for a high score on the same level until it is game over and Puzzle Mode that lets you solve match puzzles.
Panic mode is the main mode of Spooky Spirits, and the one I found the most fun as there is a level progression involved. You catch spookies to get to the next level, and unlocks new environments and backgrounds. Eternity mode is the kind of mode suited for people that have the patience to go for high scores in the original time waster Tetris. As there are no online scores I found it quite boring even with the fun pre-recorded highscore names.
The Puzzle mode is basically a puzzle where you have to get rid of all blocks in a limited number of moves. It is not timed, and it is a good diversion while you wait for the bus. Still I don’t find it all that exciting with these kinds of puzzles. Usually I find them to be a bore when they show up in other games such as for example Aurora Feint.
The graphics in Spooky Spirits are really polished with polished backgrounds, shiny blocks and effects. Becky and Tim look really cute as they hover to the left of the gameplay area. My main gripe with the graphics is the choice to only have one third of the screen as play area. This makes the graphics quite tiny, and I would preferred to have the game played in portrait mode. Hopefully this can be an option in future updates, as I rather have a large play area than beautiful backgrounds in a block matching game.
The sound in Spooky Spirits is quite good with some haunting melodies, and the odd sound effect. You can have your own music but make sure to turn off the game music as it otherwise plays as well. I noticed when I turned off the game music, and didn’t have any of my own music playing that the sound effects aren’t that good. They feel a bit out of place, and come and go in a strange manner, this is especially evident on the menu screens.
With three modes, and loads of puzzles and levels to unlock you get a lot of gamelife out of Spooky Spirits: Puzzle Drop!! Still I think the lack of any kind of online functionality hurts the game, and especially the Eternity mode is quite pointless without it to me. I like the sense of level progression found in the Panic mode.
Spooky Spirits: Puzzle Drop!! is a mixed bag for me. It packs a load of content, great graphics and a good selection of game modes. On the other hand we have the limited view in landscape mode, lack of online high scores and at times slow and cumbersome controls dragging the impression down. My final rating is three stars, but I can still recommend it to those of you already sick and tired of Bejeweled 2 and Chuzzle.
Spooky Spirits: Puzzle Drop!! $1.99
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