Collapse! (WP) Reviews

  • Chris8875Chris8875629,790
    16 Sep 2011 16 Sep 2011
    16 2 2
    Collapse is well-known to many in previous incarnations online or on other mobile operating systems. It is good news this addictive little game has arrived for the WP7, and the game itself is a lot of fun.

    The game's premise is basic - match 3 or more joined blocks of one colour to make them disappear.

    Of course, game tactics are a little more involved if you want to maximise your score. Getting rid of larger groups of blocks, blocks at a certain speed or in certain sequences, gain you more points. Clearing the screen entirely also gains more points. And there are power-ups and other special blocks that can make life a little trickier.

    Collapse for the WP7 offers a number of modes.

    Quick Games come in a variety of styles - from the basic Classic mode to Strategy and Puzzle modes, Relapse, Panic Attack, Continuous (endless mode) and Countdown.

    These in themselves are great fun and provide plenty of variety for players.

    The longest mode is Quest Mode, where the player completes a variety of Collapse based challenges based on the game styles listed above in a Quest style similar to a number of XBLA games (Raskulls for example, or Yosumin Live).

    Again, plenty of variety there.

    There is a good amount of replayability across all modes, with leaderboards to compare your best scores with those of your friends.

    Gameplay itself is easy to grasp, controls are easy - overall, the experience is very enjoyable.

    Of course, given this review is for an achievements site, mention has to be made of the achievements.

    I'm conflicted here - on one hand this is a very easily completion. 200 GS points can be attained in a matter of 15-20 minutes and without breaking a sweat.

    But on the other hand the actual achievements seem to have been done without any thought.

    Where's the achievement for completing Quest Mode? What about an achievement for reaching level 10 or 20 in each of the Quick Game Modes? What about an achievement for passing a certain score in Continuous Quick Play Mode?

    Personally I think the achievements could have been much much better. Better achievements would have encouraged more replayability and improved the overall game experience.

    This might serve as a lesson to those developing games (or porting games) for the WP7. We don't mind easy achievements, but a few challenges are nice too.

    Overall, I give the game a 4 star rating, and would've given it 4.5 if the achievements showed a little more imagination.
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    Matthewh00I see what you mean about the achievements and i wish the same thing. But i bet the reason this game will sell well is because of the easy achievements
    Posted by Matthewh00 on 16 Sep 11 at 22:48
    Hampshire VeganIn complete agreement with the review, and the above comment. I really liked this game, but I doubt I'll play it ever again now that I've got the 200. Sadly the same can be said of Pacman CE DX on XBLA.
    Posted by Hampshire Vegan on 20 Sep 11 at 15:24
  • The MascalThe Mascal1,878,379
    15 Sep 2011
    23 14 3
    Welcome to COLLAPSE! (WP7)!

    Gameplay:

    The basic premise of this game is to match 3 or more blocks of the same colour whenever they are touching each other, while avoiding the blocks to touch the ceiling as they go up every few seconds. You will get power ups (like bombs, cross bombs, row bombs, hourglass to pause the game to give you more time to destroy blocks, scrambler, etc) that will help you clear the levels faster.
    It works very well on the touch screen.

    Replay value:

    This game is a very good "time-spender" but, the fact that the achivements are so easy and quick, it might not have a lot of replay value for many people, which is a shame as the game works quite well.

    Achievements:

    The main, and probably main reason, most people are going to buy this game.
    Anyone will be able to get the full 200G in 15 or less minutes, making this, by far and away, the easiest and fastest completion of any Windows Phone 7 game. As it counts as a Live Arcade game, it is also the fastest 200G of any Arcade game.

    Graphics: 5/10
    Sound: 5/10
    Gameplay: 9/10
    Replayabilty: 1/10
    Achievements: 10/10
    Overall: 6/10 (not an average)
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