Review: Jelly Splash is a color-matching game with a few clever twists

Aim for the high score by carefully balancing when and how you match your jellies.

Jelly Splash is a lot like other Match 3 games, but it stands out in a number of very striking and fun ways. The most prominent of those differences is the scoring, which becomes a key component of the game as you aim to get three stars on every level, but you also have to be careful about how quickly and how thoroughly you complete any one level.

The game starts immediately after downloading by showing you the basics. At any time, you can draw your finger along a line of like-colored jellies to match and remove them. You won't be moving jellies in this game, however. You'll just match them up, which means you can get matches of ten, 15, or even 20 jellies at a time if enough are adjacent to one another. This is where the game gets interesting. Each level has a score target for completion, but the stars will fill up at varying levels. As you progress, for example, you may reach the score target but only get one star if you barely go over. So it's in your best interest to get as close to the scoring target as possible and then get one very big score to go over and get your three stars. And with power-ups, rewards for finishing early, and those 20+ matches -- that is very possible. The interface is cute and colorful, the game is fast-paced and constantly rewarding, and there are plenty of levels to move through in the free version.

If you enjoy Match 3 games and are looking for a new challenge in a polished package with a clean interface and fun rewards, check out Jelly Splash. It's enough like Candy Crush Saga and other matching games that you can pick it right up, but it expands in a lot of very addictive ways, making it a great, free app.

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