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Match-three Android game Pyxidis advances the genre

by Caitlin M. Foyt

Pyxidis is a colorful, magical and addicting match-three puzzler for your Android phone. With its vibrant graphics and liquid smooth gameplay, you'll be hard-pressed to find another similar game that's as high-quality.

In the game of Pyxidis, you're a white-bearded wizard mapping out new constellations in the sky. Using your magic wand (your index finger), you drag lines across the screen to join three or more moving, nearby "stars" (they're ball-shaped) of the same color. The longer these star chains are, the higher your score. When you've connected enough balls of the right colors within the time limit, you can advance to the next level.

As you progress, you'll start to rack up large sums of money, which can be traded in for various spells at the game's magic shop. These spells are essentially power-ups, giving the player more time, increasing connection range or subtracting the number of colored stars you need in order to pass the level.

These spells are more helpful to players in the Adventure gaming mode, which picks up in difficulty with every passing level. Contrary to what you might expect, Challenge mode is less complex, as you just have to tap on a star to get it to automatically connect with other, nearby, like colors.

Regardless of which gameplay mode you choose, Pyxidis is a very entertaining game. Either way, the game is a challenge that demands your full attention. Those stars never stop moving, and you can only connect stars that are close to one another. Not only that, but time is also a factor.

The magic theme, working in correlation with the game's bold graphics, also adds a fun element, making it appealing to gamers of all ages.

One complaint I have about Pyxidis is its soundtrack. I found that the music got repetitive very quickly, which made me give up on the sound altogether.

Pyxidis is a really solid free game, as a whole. Because it looks and plays better than a lot of the apps out there that you have to pay for, it's definitely worth checking out.

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