Bit Blast Pro (universal) by KickStart Development is a simple yet frantic match three style game. It features three game modes – arcade, classic and puzzle – though unfortunately the first release only contained the arcade mode. But for a game with a limited amount of content, Bit Blast Pro brings enough fun gameplay to the table to make it a solid title for any fan of the genre.
The arcade mode begins with a four-by-four grid which grows in size every few levels. Different colors and shapes are added every few levels as well, in addition to bombs which can be used to remove the otherwise immovable walls which begin to clog up the playing area.
Game mechanics are simple: players swipe their fingers around the screen, grouping like objects together in a chain. When a chain of three or more is complete, the chain of objects explode and more fall from above to take their place. A timer continuously counts down during gameplay, but as each chain is destroyed some time is added to the clock to further advance game play. The more objects destroyed together in each chain, the more time added to the clock, and the higher the score.
Game play is intuitive and straight forward, what one would expect from a match three game. That being said, there are some huge upsides to Bit Blast Pro that make it a worth while addition to your iOS device – among them the game’s fluid, responsive controls. Not once did I find myself frustrated with any aspect of the controls – which is a rare thing with touch-based gaming.
The second big upside to Bit Blast Pro is the great electronica/trance soundtrack which dynamically adjusts depending on the players performance in the game. When things are going well, the music transitions to a version with additional layers and depth, but when the player begins to perform poorly, the music transforms into a more frantic, escalating beat.
Players have 30+ Game Center achievements to earn, and can compete for top scores in the leaderboards. At the very least, match three gamers will enjoy the great soundtrack and fantastic controls. The addition of the classic and puzzle game modes – when and if they arrive – will really fill out the game’s content, but even in its bare bones version, it’s worth a look for anyone who enjoys a good match three game.