Too many cooks spoil the broth. Many ingredients don't.
Looking at Spell Swarm, you might ask: “What is this? A match 3 game? A bubble shooter? A fantasy-themed tower defense game? Well, it’s actually everything mentioned above. Sounds like an interesting mix, right? Right. Let’s roll!
In Match 3 Games, it’s your goal to identify and delete same-colored linked items in order to clear the game board. In a Bubble Shooter, it is also your job to fill the game board as you have the ability to bring same-colored items together. In a tower defense game, you have to do everything in order to stop invaders from rushing your main base. Have you ever seen a game bringing these three genres together? No? Well, now you have!
The combination of these genres under the umbrella of a cool fantasy theme is the biggest strength of “Spell Swarm”. The special abilities with which you can break through the demon swarms are the second one. The third big plus is the catchy folky tune, that you hear at the beginning. Unfortunately…
… the gameplay music starts so softly and gently, that I was wondering if there’s some music at all. The crescendo is meant to emphasize the growing tension of the game, but I guess we’re better off if all music tracks are on the same volume level, so that the users don’t have to adjust it.
Additionally, the graphics need some improvement to meet all requirements. It’s not only a matter of taste (and more effects and brighter colors would surely please anyone) but also a matter of a user-friendly design. Missing shadows and low contrasts are bad choices from the users perspective and should be changed soon. Moreover, brighter colors would also help color-blind persons to distinguish color from color.
Spell Swarm is an interesting cross-genre game, that should please a lot of casual gamers and fantasy friends. Try it out for yourself and download the game here!
All pictures are in-game screenshots.