May 31, 2012
A spin-off of 10tons' striking match-3 game, Azkend 2 - The World Beneath, Puzkend was announced earlier this month with the promise that it would be available as a no cost download by the end of May. The company has kept their word, aside from a catch, as Puzkend hit App Store virtual shelves yesterday with a price tag of free.
"We're thrilled to launch Puzkend as a free game. The 10tons twist on the match-3 formula is a great one and I'm sure many new fans will soon agree.” commented Sampo Töyssy, Vice CEO of 10tons Ltd.Despite having most of the story elements stripped away, Puzkend still consists of gorgeous graphics, such as a hidden object and adventure game-style menu system, which are all fully Retina display optimized. Even with the great graphics, the most marketed characteristics of Puzkend is the casual gameplay elements. When solving puzzles, there's no time limit and an unlimited amount of move undos. Thankfully, that doesn't mean you'll have everything finished in five minutes. In fact, the game has four difficulty levels that appear to ramp up quite nicely based on the several puzzles I tested. In regard to content, puzzles are separated into levels, each level housing 12 puzzles. The game contains 12 total puzzle levels or 144 different puzzles. The first four, which consist of two easy, one medium, and one hard, are open to play in any order you prefer. The last eight are packaged in groups of two, one package for each difficulty level, and available as $0.99 in-app purchases. So, you gain access to 48 match-3 puzzles for completely free, and can have 144 puzzles for about $4. Azkend 2 is priced at $5.99, but does include more gameplay modes. Overall, I'd say Puzkend is a pretty good deal, especially considering you can play handfuls of puzzles without spending a cent. Puzkend is a universal app compatible with iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch running iOS 3.0 or later, and available in the App Store as a free download. Additional content is available via in-app purchase. [gallery link="file" columns="4"]
Azkend 2 HD - The World Beneath