Homescapes

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Your favorite app pirate is here again for another exciting app review that me got from the seven seas. The app that I will share with you again is another puzzle game, which I bet ye buckos know by now, is one of me favorite game genre. ‘Tis something me often play, especially after a tiring booty hunting adventure as it helps me relax. The title of the app that we will review for today is called Homescapes from Playrix Games. Avast ye and let’s start!

Homescapes is the follow-up to Playrix's fantastic match-3 simulation, Gardenscapes: New Acres. Fans of Gardenscapes' combination of garden-building and puzzle-solving will find plenty of familiar gameplay to love in Homescapes, while the newcomers to the series will have an easy entry point thanks to Austin's friendly charm and fresh start from the sprawling garden.

Homescapes begins with a lifelong butler Austin deciding to take an overdue vacation and visit his parents at his childhood home. When he arrives he finds that not only the estate is in disarray, but his parents are planning to sell it and move elsewhere. Struck by nostalgia and passion for fixing things, Austin immediately begins repairing the house, replacing the furniture, and trying to convince his parents not to sell and that he can help them love their home again.

Just like the Gardenscapes, Homescapes is split into two distinct sections: the home renovation advances the story, introduces new characters along the way, and provides concrete goals for you and Austin to work towards. Completing these goals is technically optional, but picking out new wallpaper and furniture to decorate the home in your chosen style is fun and rewarding. The house is just as beautiful and richly detailed as the grounds in Gardenscapes, with even more variety in colors and types of objects to place. Seeing Austin interact with his parents and childhood friends makes him even more endearing than he already was, and he has tons of little actions and dialogues to watch in between events.

The other section in Homescapes is, of course, the puzzle gameplay. When you're not fixing up the house or watching Austin go about his day, you can play the current match-3 level. Completing a level will allow you to move on to the next one and will award a star and a small amount of coins. Stars are the currency used to complete tasks: for example, replacing the carpet will cost a star or repairing the stairway may cost two stars. Coins allow you to buy different furniture if you want to change any of your previous remodeling choices, as well as purchase power-ups for use in the match-3 levels.

These levels are the primary area where Homescapes differs from its predecessor. While the goals and the format are very similar-collect a certain number of tiles, remove all obstacles from the board, etc. Homescapes features a different set of power-ups and some new tile types. Matching four tiles in a row or column now creates a much more powerful rocket that crosses the entire board instead of the smaller version found in Gardenscapes. Tiles can be matched in squares as well, which creates a paper airplane power-up that flies to a random, goal-related tile and removes it. The Rainbow Blast-earned by setting off enough explosions in Gardenscapes-has been removed, but matching five tiles in a row in Homescapes will create a Rainbow Ball. This booster will clear all the tiles of the color it is matched with, but it can also be swapped with other power-ups in order to spread dozens of them all over the board.

Fantastic Graphics

This puzzle game is from the same developers of another puzzle game called Gardenscapes. If you played the later before, one of its strongest points is its graphics. The developers didn’t disappoint on the graphics of this one. There are various characters that were adorably created, and so as the setting of the game, which is an old mansion that will eventually turn into a modern one with your help. The colors of the images are vibrant and there’s so much detail on the mansion itself.

Homescapes is another addition to the popular match 3 game genre. It has the same basic gameplay as the other games under the same category like the popular Candy Crush game. You need to match three or more of the same items on the game window to earn points and get as many as three stars on each level based on how well you’ve done. It’s very easy to learn how to play the game even for newbies.

While the basic gameplay can be easy to learn, there are levels that can really be difficult to pass, especially you are only given limited moves. Although this is a free game, you may be tempted to make an in-app purchase in order to get the necessary boosts that you need in order to complete the challenging levels and move to the next ones, which can also be frustrating.

Overall, Homescapes is a nice game to play and it’s something to check out if you are into match 3 puzzle games. There may be extremely difficult levels but if you are looking for a real challenge, you might even find this as an advantage as it will really test your skills in playing this kind of puzzle game.

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Good
  • It’s a free game that is familiar and easy to learn. The graphics is a winner too as the images like the characters and items in the mansions have vibrant colors and they were created in a very detailed manner. It lets you choose what items to use for decorating the mansion.
Bad
  • While it is easy to learn, there are extremely difficult levels that seem impossible to pass unless you use boosters by making in-app purchases. This may not be something that you will like if you don’t want to spend real money on games. This defeats the purpose of playing a free game.
7
Good
Gameplay - 8
Graphics - 7
Audio - 6

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