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Triple Town is the latest release from Spry Fox, the people who brought Steambirds into this world. Spry Fox is quickly proving to be a consistent powerhouse in the field of innovative games. Triple Town is a freemium remix on the classic match three genre, but don't let any of that scare you away. You never have to pay to play, and this isn't your mom's match three game.
This game is done in a way that combines match three gameplay with city building. It's a very unique take on the genre and it's crazy addicting. Also, there are lots and lots of bears.
You're given a random plot of land to work with. You'll have to place whatever item you're currently holding down on the map somewhere, usually grass at first. By placing the grass near two other plots of grass, they'll combine into a bush. Bushes turn into trees, trees turn into houses, so on and so forth. The idea is to constantly combine items to make room for new ones, and to keep your settlement growing for as many years (turns) as possible. In an attempt to muck up your work, ferocious giant bears will roam around the map and block things off, though trapping a bear will turn it into a grave stone. These combine with each other to create churches, then cathedrals, etc.
You won't always be placing grass. You have a chance to randomly get a bush or tree from the get-go. You'll also get robots that can destroy any unwanted tile, including bears, and a wild card crystal, which can be matched with any two objects. If it doesn't match with anything, it turns into a useless stone, so be careful. Each day, you have a limited number of turns, and by limited I mean fifteen hundred. I never played so much as to need more, but that's just me. You can use the coins you accumulate to purchase special objects as well as extra turns. Extra coins can be purchased in app. You can also purchase unlimited turns for four dollars, currently marked down from seven, but as I said, it's not a necessity.
The cartoony graphics look great, and the few sounds you hear are done well. There's no music to speak of though. OpenFeint achievements and leaderboards are supported, though it's kind of lame considering players can essentially buy a higher place on the leaderboard. There's a lot of strategy involved with this simple match three casual title, and I had a hard time pulling myself away to actually write this review. And to reiterate, it is completely free, so there's no reason you all shouldn't give it an immediate download. You won't regret it.