Jun 19, 2013Triple Town is a match-three game paired with simplistic city building elements that requires more strategic thinking than games in this genre usually do.
The game is easy to learn and pretty hard to put away. The premise is simple: You start with a somewhat empty board, the "city", and then receive one component per turn, which you need to place on the board. Three of the same kind result in one piece of the next higher tier. For example, three bunches of grass give you a bush, and three (or more) bushes connected horizontally or vertically give you a tree.
The tricky part is that the resulting item appears in the spot where you put the previous item, and this is where the strategy originates from. Not only do you need to create matches on a small board, you also need to plan ahead so that future pieces fit together and you can upgrade to, say, a castle. Matching the highest tiers will grant you a treasure chest. with random loot.
Depending on the mode you play in (the game offers several with individual rulesets), there will also be bears. Bears wander around the board and turn into tombstones when you trap them. Three tombstones can be matched for a church (which does give you points) and three churches give you a cathedral. Building those is extra hard because the bears move around and trapping them may require you to clutter the board.
To make it easier, you are given a storage spot where you can swap and keep one item, and there are special components such as the bot (that removes any item from the board) and the gem (which works like a joker). There is also a shop where you can purchase items and components with gold that you get by making larger matches. This is strictly in the game, there are no in-app purchases or DLC.
The other element of the game is your permanent capital city where you can place grain fields, military buildings, etc. which yield resources. These, too, can be matched and thus upgraded. If you play well, the game gives you rewards that can be put down in your capital.
Overall, Triple Town is a deeper-than-it-looks match-3 game that gets quite addictive (further made "worse" by there being achievements!). It's a friendly game that does not get stressful (it's all turn-based). Sadly, while the iOS version got ratings in the 80s and 90s, the identical PC version scored much lower. Different audiences, I guess. I'd normally give this an eight, but I'm upping it to a nine to compensate for the silly zero votes.… Expand
Sep 19, 2013A game i often return to whenever i only have a few minutes to spare. Its fairly simplistic but charming; but its not charming enough to make you want to pay 9,99Euros for it. The price tag is somewhat ridiculous so buy it at a sale. But apart from the price its well worth spending some spare time with for the puzzly player.
Feb 14, 2013There was a time when Steam was an upscale digital store, and now it looks more and more like a flea market. You never know what you’re going to get there, and sometimes you run into a sly salesman asking an arm and a leg for some musty old stuff. Like, you know, Triple Town.