Windows Phone 7 Xbox Live games are miniature-sized, so they get miniature-sized reviews. Say goodbye to ‘meh’ – features are either cool or shite. First up: Flowerz by Carbonated Games.
The cool: Like many other games on WP7, Flowerz is a port from another source – in this case, the game had a previous life as an MSN Games title in 2008. The big difference between this game and other ports is that Flowerz doesn’t feel like a port – it’s really suited to a touch interface, thankfully.
The gameplay itself is super-addictive. Like in Bejewelled, your goal is to take a coloured flower and place it on the board to make a horizontal or vertical line of at least three same-coloured flowers. The catch is that the flowers can sometimes have a different-coloured centre; when you match up three flowers of the same colour, they will dissolve and be replaced by a new flower with the colour of the original flower’s centre. To assist in your endeavours, you’re also given shovels to dig up and re-plant flowers, and butterflies which can be used to change the colour of a flower to the one the butterfly has. You lose the game when you run out of spaces to place flowers. These features add a whole new level of complexity to a formula that’s tried, true…and let’s face it, getting old.
Flowerz has the standard WP7 Xbox Live fare — achievements and leaderboards. Its main selling point is that it’s FREE!
The shite: Absolutely nothing; I can’t think of a single bad thing to comment on.
Even if you end up hating Flowerz, you haven’t wasted any of your hard earned cash on a purchase. You seriously have no excuse; go and download it!
Note: I have been given a HTC Mozart with Windows 7 Phone by Telstra free of charge to review. The comments expressed by me reflect my own user experience and personal opinion and are not made on behalf of Telstra.