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Alien Hive
We come in threes
by Jon Mundy 26/3/2013
Product: Alien Hive
Publisher: AppxPlore
Format: Android, iPhone, iPad
Genre: Arcade, Puzzle
Players: 1
Version: Europe
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The question of what to do with the match-three genre is a persistent one.

Gamers continue to lap these simple time-wasters up, but it must be getting harder and harder to find a new twist on stacking three or more coloured blocks together to make them disappear.

It's arguable that Triple Town came up with the last great twist in the genre, and Alien Hive takes this twist and spins an entertaining casual experience out of it.

Unfortunately, much of its good work is spoiled by some overly-exacting systems and requirements. ...
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Summary
Alien Hive has the foundations of an excellent match-three puzzler, but it spoils the mood with restrictive gameplay systems and an over-reliance on IAPs
RATINGS
Audio/visual: 7
Gameplay: 6
Value: 5
Innovation: 6
Overall: 6
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