There’s always room on my iDevice for a fun new match-3 game, a genre that continues to get more and more inventive and developed in the App Store. Owloh‘s new title Wizschool (universal) is another original take on the genre, integrating a quirky story and RPG elements into the familiar addicting puzzle gameplay everybody knows and loves.
I don’t want to ruin the game’s story, but it involves a lot of quirky Japanese-style art and writing, with a number of cutscenes in between the game’s meat-and-butter battles to flesh out the different characters you’ll play and battle in the world of the Elandry Academy, a place for wizards to train and practice their craft.
Each of the game’s battles take place across three rounds, where players are given a quota of different ingredients to gather by making strings of three or more on the screen. There are the typical multipliers for long chains, and even different abilities and elemental objects that players can apply RPG-style while leveling up across the 16 different ‘locations’ in the game.
One odd thing I noticed was the game’s soundtrack. At least one of the songs in Wizschool was previously found in Storm in a Teacup, a Chillingo platformer from last year. It’s certainly not a detraction: the game’s combination of clean graphics and light, string-heavy music makes for a fun, upbeat gaming environment.
The current version does suffer from poor explanation of the different gamplay mechanics, and some problems with script translations and difficulty balancing in certain levels. But the developer is actively working on fixing these minor rough spots, and it’s positives far outweigh the negatives, so these issues shouldn’t detract any interested gamers from checking it out; Wizschool is a terrific match-3 game that doesn’t revolutionize the genre, but adds a few great tweaks and twists on the popular formula.