Chromaverse (Free) by Grab Games will definitely appease to any puzzle fans out there who are looking for a fun game for their iPad. Chromaverse is a combination of line drawing and match-three, so if you like either of those genres, then you don’t want to miss this hidden gem.
The biggest thing that caught my attention with this free title are the graphics. For a game that is free, the visuals are surprisingly good. In fact, I would say that these are the types of visuals that you’d probably find in a paid game, so it’s a treat to be able to get it for free. The particles you connect are colorful, vibrant, and fluid. Animations in the game are also smooth, and I didn’t really experience any choppiness during my play. The music is also soothing, but can get a bit frantic when you’re running out of time.
There are two game modes in Chromaverse: Timed and Infinite. Both play exactly the same, with the exception of a timer. Timed will give you only 60 seconds to get as many points as you can. Infinite is basically endless play, and you can go at your own pace.
The gameplay is incredibly simple. Just connect like-colored particles to each other by drawing a line from one to another. You can clear particles individually, or connect them in longer chains to get more points. As you play and clear out enough, you will move on to the next “dimension,” or level, where things will get increasingly difficult.
Chromaverse has special power-up particles that have activated abilities when cleared. There are ones that can slow everything down to make it easier, group together all nearby like-colored particles so you can collect them, neutralizers, and even supernovas.
Of course, what kind of game is this is there was no obstacles involved? The dark matter particles, which are black and red, are quite dangerous and annoying. You can’t connect them to each other, and the only way to get rid of them is with a supernova power-up. Dark Matter get attracted to you whenever you attempt to make a chain or match, so be quick. Otherwise, if you touch them, they will break the chain and damage you. If you hit them enough times (about three), it’s game over.
You can collect atoms, which are the game’s currency, as you play. These are used to purchase starting power-ups before each game, just in case you want specific ones. And of course, if you don’t have enough, you can always purchase more through in-app purchases.
There is Game Center integration for four leaderboards (Infinite, Timed, Longest Lasted in Timed, and Particles Collected) and quite a bit of achievements to obtain (35 total). This is great, because there is quite a bit to do, that is, if you are an achievement hoarder.
Even though some may find the gameplay to be a bit repetitive (as most of these types of games are), it’s still incredibly addictive and definitely challenging. Those dark matter particles are quite nasty! Still, I recommend picking this title up if you’re into these types of games, and for the price, it just can’t be beat.