That Monsters Game by SoftwareProdigy icon

That Monsters Game (Free) by SoftwareProdigy is a match-three puzzle game that will delight you with the cute and charming little monsters. If you enjoy games like Bejeweled but with a touch of Monster Soup, then this is probably what you’ll end up with.

I love a good puzzle game, especially when it features adorable little critters. I mean, how can you resist the faces of these guys? You’ve probably got no heart if you can say no to them. Plus, puzzles are just downright fun, and a great way to kill time. There’s a scientist who has his own fancy lab, but accidentally creates some monsters from experiments gone wrong. It’s up to you to help him clear these little guys from his lab.

That Monsters Game by SoftwareProdigy screenshot

That Monsters Game features beautiful visuals that will definitely grab your attention. I’m not surprised, though, as the game is powered by the Unity engine. From my experience, I haven’t really come across a Unity game that doesn’t look nice. Everything is colorful, vivid, and there is a nice attention to detail to it all, from the chubby little scientist to the various critters that you will be matching up in each game. The soundtrack is quirky and fun as well, helping put you in the mood for matching.

There are three game modes for That Monsters Game, though only one will be available to players at first. Blitz, Challenger, and Strategy. Blitz mode is just as you’d expect: 60 seconds to get as many points as you can. Challenge will give you 60 seconds as well, but you will be given specific things to do before you can move on to the next. In Strategy, you will need to make the right moves to prevent the jumping monsters from attacking you.

These modes are all very similar to one another, with just a few modifications. The controls in the game are incredibly simple, made for touch screens. All you have to do to make matches of at least three or more like-colored monsters is to trace your finger along them to connect them with a shock of electricity. Once your finger is released, they will be shocked and cleared from the screen.

That Monsters Game by SoftwareProdigy screenshot

The nice thing about That Monsters Game is the fact that you can trace back to a previous monster and then connect other nearby ones from that point. This is a nice leeway from other games, which mostly required you make your connections in one go.

In addition to making your regular lineups, make sure to keep an eye out for special power-up items on the grid, including vortexes that will suck in any adjacent monsters, and other delightful treats. As you play, you’ll earn experience points and coins. These coins can be used to purchase even more power-up items to help you out in your games, with a cap of three at a time. These include horizontal and vertical swipes to clear out all monsters regardless of colors, exploding monsters, and mode specific ones that increase the time or decrease the amount of jumping monsters that spawn.

There is Game Center integration for leaderboards and achievements as well, if you’re the competitive type. However, the game does run on an “energy” system, so you can only play a certain amount of times before you have to wait for it to refuel. This irks me a bit, but I also suppose that’s a good thing — you don’t waste your entire day on the game. You can earn more energy by logging in with your Facebook, which at least has the option of not bugging your friends.

If you’re looking for a fun match-three game that is actually quite challenging, then I recommend checking out That Monsters Game. I did come across some glitches, but hopefully the developers can optimize it in upcoming updates.

Download That Monsters Game in the App Store as a universal download for free.