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StoneLoops! of Jurassica is a fun and smartly designed arcade puzzle game, a refreshing, prehistoric-themed take on the now-classic rolling-colored-ball-shooter genre.

StoneLoops! of Jurassica is a fun and smartly designed arcade puzzle game, a refreshing, prehistoric-themed take on the now-classic rolling-colored-ball-shooter genre. Fans of similar games will immediately recognize the gameplay: you have to shoot colored balls into a winding column of slowly advancing balls, trying to match three or more of the same color in a row to destroy those balls--ideally setting up chain reactions ("chains") of other nearby matches. In StoneLoops, you move left and right while shooting from the bottom of the screen, with several controls to choose from that incorporate tilt, touch, and touch-screen buttons. Players have to beat back the relentless ball assault on ever-more tortuous maps, constantly strategizing to set up cascades of chains and make the most of game-changing power-ups (some familiar, like ones that stop or reverse balls, and others unique to the StoneLoops idiom, like a ball-destroying spear).

Similarities with other games end there. StoneLoops excels with thoughtful level design, slick visuals, a tightly integrated soundtrack, and an addictive, just-right difficulty curve. On top of that, StoneLoops has an achievement system, a weird, but fun, upgrade path for your "house," obelisk-blasting bonus levels, a variant "Grab'N'Shoot" play mode that completely changes your strategy, and 75 levels total--all of which makes it clear that StoneLoops! of Jurassica is a lot of game for your money. A must-download for fans of this genre.

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