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Crystal Cove

Crystal Cove takes the traditional match-three formula and spins it upside-down.

Crystal Cove takes the match-three genre and spins it upside-down for a brand new experience

Crystal Cove

by Andrey Spencer
Plan your strategy
Crystal Cove
Crystal Cove
$0.99 in the App Store

Crystal Cove takes the match-three genre and spins it upside-down for a brand new experience.

Plan your strategy. Crystal Cove has you placing colored triangles on the board and making matches of at least three or more. They must be adjacent to each other to count as a match.

Plan your strategy
Use power ups

Use power ups. As you collect triangles, it fills up the crystals at the bottom. Once these are full, you can use them to change the color of any triangle on the board to that specific one. Use these frequently to get rid of unwanted triangles since they refill as you play.

Clear the board. If you can clear the board, do it! It earns you extra points towards your final score. Consecutive matches result in combos, which increase your score multiplier as well.

Clear the board

What is it about?

Crystal Cove features a super minimal 2D design that keeps the game simple yet elegant at the same time. The background features a clear illustration of what looks like a cove (hence the name), but it's not too distracting to take away from the foreground, which is where all the matching is done. The triangular game pieces pop out a bit with pseudo-3D, thanks to the three shades of one color. The color palette is basic with just three soft pastel hues, but I find it soothing and it goes well with the cove theme. There's also a color blind mode, where each color is represented by dots, so no one is left out. Animations are smooth and fluid, so I had no issues with lag or choppy frame rates on my iPhone 8 Plus. The ambient techno-like soundtrack is fairly calming, and helps you think about the moves you're making. The developer did an excellent job here with Crystal Cove's visual and audio design, as it's an overall tranquil experience.

App Details

Puzzle Board
Last updated
May 15, 2021
Release date
January 10, 2018
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App Screenshots

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App Store Description

Swipe to move your triangle around the board
match three or more colors together to make them disappear
you lose when you are completely surrounded

But don't fret, you have power-ups, combos, and multipliers
to help you get out of jams and increase your score

Crystal Cove is not a typical match three game
children love it for its simplicity and adults love it for its depth

I hope you enjoyed playing!

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