Looking for Droids?
Star Wars: Puzzle Droids is, surprise surprise, a puzzle game about droids from a galaxy far, far away. Despite the connection to one of the greatest sci-fi film universes of all time, the gameplay is pretty standard stuff. That doesn't mean it can be tricky, though.
No Force Required
If you've played a match-3 puzzle game at all in your lifetime, chances are you know what to expect here. If not, you'll likely need a few pointers if you want to earn gold on every level.
- Goals are all that matter. Whether it's clearing a specific number of specific tiles, or breaking blocks or whatever, it's all that matters. Everything else is just window dressing. So if, say, there are a bunch of ropes holding some tiles in place but the level goal is to clear out blocks, you don't need to bother with the ropes – unless they get in the way of what actually matters, of course.
- The patterns you match matter. Any grouping of four or more tiles will create a power-up, with the general shape of their grouping determining the power-up. two-by-two grids will earn one thing, a line of four will earn another type of thing, and so on. Try to remember what makes what so you can create more useful items along the way.
- How you swipe determines what you get with some power-ups. For example, when grouping four tiles in a line you'll create something that will clear entire rows or columns on the puzzle grid. If you make this match by swiping up or down, you'll create a power-up that works vertically. If you swipe left or right to make it, it'll work horizontally.
- Power-ups can be combined. If you have two power-ups that are next to each other, you can swipe them into each other to merge their effects and usually clear out a lot of space on the board.
- Replay levels for extra stuff. You'll usually get in-game currency for clearing a level the first time, but most can be played again on a more difficult setting to earn even more cash as well as some premium currency. Assuming you're up for the challenge, this is always worth attempting.
- Don't forget about your special items. As you progress you'll unlock and earn some special one time use power-up items that can be used on command. They all have different effects, which the incessant tutorials will be sure to go over whether you want them to or not, and can be a big help when you're running out of moves. Just remember that they're limited, so if you use all of them you'll either have to wait to earn more (hopefully) or buy more yourself.
Good for What it is
I can't see Star Wars: Puzzle Droids surprising or even impressing anyone (at least not anyone who's already familiar with the genre), but it is a decent match-3 puzzle game. So long as you go in expecting more of the same but with Star Wars, you should have a good time.