Fuzzle

Fuzzle
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Game Name: Fuzzle
Platforms: iPhone, iPod touch
Publisher(s): CandyCane
Developer(s): CandyCane
Genre(s): Puzzle
Release Date: Sep 24, 2008
Price: $1.99
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Confession time, I’m not the biggest fan of color matching puzzle games, I tend to steer clear of them. Once in a while I do come across an exceptionally well made puzzle game, such as Fuzzle.

I first took notice of the game when it reached #1 ranking in the paid games section of the App Store. I was curious to learn what made Fuzzle so popular, so I started looking through some screenshots. Surely the game must of had some killer feature such as dazzling graphics, hypnotic music or an advanced physics engine that could produce life like motion.

Wrong, the graphics were nothing special, no music and no eye-popping physics. How could such a simple looking puzzle game be the #1 game in the App Store? The only way to answer the question was to try the game out for myself.

After playing Fuzzle everything became clear, Fuzzle’s strong point was its gameplay, which is the backbone of all good games. Fuzzle also possesses an addictive quality to it, which has caused me to play more hours than I had actually planned.

The concept of Fuzzle is simple. Your goal is to match at least 5 pieces of the same color in a row, column or diagonal. Pieces move in paths, and cannot hop over other pieces. Players will need to keep pieces on the board to a minimum to maximize their score.

There is also a rainbow and bomb piece, both can represent any color. The bomb piece is the most powerful due to its ability to remove all pieces of one color from the board.

Don’t let Fuzzle’s simple demeanor fool you, the game is quite challenging. Like other puzzle games you are racing against the clock, more pieces are added to the board over time. But don’t be too hasty with your moves either, each move will add a minimum of 3 additional pieces to the board.

Players will be able to see which pieces will be added to the board on their next move, this allows players to plan ahead to some degree, but since the new pieces are added to the board in random positions, players will need to be flexible in their thinking to overcome the unforeseen obstacles that will inevitably crop up.

Overall Fuzzle is a great puzzle game that has a lot of depth. To call the game challenging is an understatement, sometimes I wonder if the F on the pieces stands for “Fuck”, the further I progress the more I shout it, maybe it’s just me.

Anyhow, Fuzzle is reasonably priced at $1.99, I highly recommend this game to any puzzle fans.

Developer Demonstrates Fuzzle Gameplay

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9 Comments

  1. snooky says:

    I love this game. I am addicted and now want to get this for my laptop. I play it so much I keep having to charge my iphone. I am on sick leave so playing more often than I should.

  2. Julie says:

    Love Fuzzle! It’s my new solitaire!

  3. kathleen says:

    I think the games is lots of fun and you can eliminate all the pieces by matching the bomb with the different colored pieces

  4. Ironcell says:

    Coming from a guy that thinks the F on the pieces stands for “Fuck”, I’m sure you could imagine how low my score is… Translation, never telling you my score :)

  5. Lauren says:

    I have nothing to say but I LOVE THIS GAME! But I don’t have an iPhone!!!! I have an iPod Touch. :D My high score is 1987. What’s yours?

  6. Steve says:

    How about a braille version for the blind?

  7. Ironcell says:

    @David – The developer informed me she has received multiple reports that colorblind players have been able to play Fuzzle just fine using letter orientation to discriminate between pieces. Cheers!

  8. David says:

    Hey, nice to see a review of my favorite iphone game! I just have one small correction to the review – the game actually does have some colorblind support. You can use the orientation of the F symbols to distinguish the colors, and this seems to work for my friend …. though maybe how well thi works it depends on the colorblindness type of the person? I thought its worth mentioning at least, for any colorblind people out there.

    • Ironcell says:

      @David – Thanks for bringing that up, I’m not colorblind, but what you said makes sense. My co-worker, David (what a coincidence, I know) is colorblind, I’ll have him play Fuzzle on Monday and get his opinion on how well matching pieces by letter orientation worked for him.

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