Game review: Shibuya


NeverCenter Games

Inspired by the bright lights of Tokyo, Shibuya is a simple yet engaging iPhone/iTouch puzzle game that students should pick up.

Developed by NeverCenter Games, Shibuya is a puzzle game in which transparent blocks fall from the top of the screen while users click on each one to color it the next color in their queue. But the catch is users don’t have to always color the next block to fall, they can color any other blocks first.

The goal is to keep matching at least two of the same color and then clicking on the colored set of blocks to destroy them and gain points. However, if blocks aren’t matched in time and the screen gets full of blocks then the user loses.

Only since classics such as Bejeweled and Tetris have I played a puzzle game so fresh, exciting and fun. I found myself playing Shibuya hours at a time, whether I realized it or not. The sheer enjoyment that comes from stringing together multipliers and pulling off moves in hardly any time is well worth the price of admission.

The game includes two modes of play, quickplay and endless mode. Quickplay is a mode in which you try to score as many points as possible in two minutes, while endless mode you simply try to get as many points as possible before you die.

The game also includes Open Feint’s achievement and online leaderboards and an absolutely amazing soundtrack by electronic artist MillionYoung.

Shibuya is available on the Apple App Store for $2.

We think it deserves: five stars

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