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CNET Editors' review
With each turn in Triple Town, you are given an object -- grass, a bush, a tree -- to place onto your 6x6 playing board for use as a building block. Place three of the same object next to each other, and they'll combine to form a single, more valuable object. Three patches of grass make a bush, three bushes make a tree, three trees make a house, and so on. Your goal is to build the most advanced town possible before all the slots on your board fill up.
The difficulty of Triple Town lies in planning ahead, so that your advanced structures end up next to one another. Build them too far apart, and you'll end up with a board full of grass and bushes, which certainly won't net you any major points. Luckily, Triple Town also occasionally serves up bonus items like a robot and crystal to help you out. The robot can remove any single item from your board, freeing up space for a better object. And the crystal is basically a wild card that can combine two or more of any other object. As you advance through your game, you'll realize that these bonus items are valuable and should be used strategically.
As with any good puzzle game, Triple Town also throws a nice curveball. At times, you are forced to drop bears into your town, which can be annoyingly difficult to overcome, as they hop around your board blocking your slots. Your only defense is to turn a bear into a gravestone by trapping it. You can also earn big points by combining three gravestones into a church, or even three churches into a cathedral.
One thing I noticed about Triple Town is that it didn't give me a great sense of accomplishment at the end of each game. There are no unlockable levels, new items to earn, or new challenges to meet. Once you finish a game, you simply start over again. Perhaps in newer versions, the game's developers will include these incentives, which would certainly add a new level of addictiveness to the game.
Triple Town is free to download from Google Play, but it does limit you on the number of moves you can make in a single day. If you're willing, though, you can buy unlimited turns for $3.99 through in-app payment. If you're in a bind, you can also buy objects to complete any triplets during your game. For instance, the store sells trees, crystals, and even robots. In fact, using money to buy premium objects is probably your best bet at earning a competitive score on the worldwide leaderboard. But even without the use of real money, Triple Town is still fun, addicting, and challenging enough to keep you occupied for hours on end.
From Spry Fox:
"I had to force myself to quit playing Triple Town in order to write this review, which might give you some idea of just how addicting it is." - Gamezebo.com 5 star review.* Facebook game of 2011 - Gamezebo.com* Runner up, indie game of 2011 - Edge Magazine* Runner up, social game of 2011 - Gamasutra.comTriple Town is an original puzzle game in which you try to grow the greatest possible city. The larger the city you build, the more points you score. You build your city by matching three or more game-pieces: combine three grasses to make a flower, three flowers to make a bush, three bushes to make a tree... until you've filled the board with houses, cathedrals and castles. Along the way, you'll have to outwit giant bears who will try to block your progress.How large can you grow your dream city before the board fills and the game ends?COMPATIBILITY WARNING: Triple Town is not currently compatible with many Android mods, including Cyanogen and MIUI. Users of modded devices should not download Triple Town until we can find ways to ensure compatibility.UNLIMITED TURNS: This game is free, but we need to earn a living somehow. So eventually, after playing for a while, you will run out of turns and will need to wait for them to refresh over time, or you can buy more turns with the free coins you earn in the game. OR, if you love the game and would like to support small independent game developers like us, you can purchase unlimited turns *forever* for a one-time fee. If you do, you can use them on *any* Android device you own -- just install the game on your other Android devices and select "restore unlimited turns" in the game's options menu.Recent changes:v1.11:* Various minor bugfixes, including the "double menu" bug* A bugfix for players whose game was lagging or even crashing if they tapped on the screen too quickly.* Most importantly, major improvements to power consumption! No more rapidly drained/hot batteries. :-)v1.10: Fixed some minor bugs and added a new "welcome back" tip screen.Content rating: Everyone
What's new in this version: v1.11:* Various minor bugfixes, including the "double menu" bug* A bugfix for players whose game was lagging or even crashing if they tapped on the screen too quickly.* Most importantly, major improvements to power consumption! No more rapidly drained/hot batteries. :-)v1.10: Fixed some minor bugs and added a new "welcome back" tip screen.
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"Wonderful Strategy and Puzzle Game in One"
Version: Triple Town 1.11
A quick game or a longer strategic game depending on how much time you have. I have this on 3 systems: The first Kindle, the Kindle Fire and now on the Samsung 10.1 tablet. Guess you can call me a fan.
I've never had an issue with it running on any of them, its crisp, easy to understand and on the Samsung (never tried on the Kindles) you can press on say the red house and it will show you what matching 3 of them will give you.
I love strategy games & puzzle games are my next favorite so this is naturally one I'd enjoy.
Its easy enough for my 5 year old grand daughter to play if I chose the map with no bears or ninjas, but challenging enough for me if I choose the map with 50% more bears to give my brain a real workout.
I have noticed that when I'm playing a game and doing really well I tend to get more of what I need instead of just grass. I don't know if the game is set up to do this or if I was just having luck? But whichever it is, sure does make the game a lot more fun.
I don't give this game the maximum five stars only because of what I consider their sneaky way of getting you to pay for it.
I want to know right up front if there are any costs - I, like a lot of people in the App stores: Google, Amazon, the I store am sick of being led down the yellow road to the wizard's room with a great game and bam hit that wall telling us, oh its not FREE, you now have to pay for it.
Tell me up front if there is a cost and I'm more likely to buy it knowing you've been honest with me from the start.
Start off showing me fool's gold and I'm wondering what else you're showing me that isn't the truth.
This is the only game that I have bought that has done that to me, the rest get uninstalled unless they have Lite on them. I bought this one because I had played it on the other devices. But I didn't play for 3 days while I thought about it, I almost did un install it.
A great game for anyone. Graphics are awesome, colors are bright & brilliant, easy to pick up and understand right away. Fun for waiting rooms, car rides, or any time you need to be entertained. If like me you have insomnia, this will help get you through the long nights with no regrets.
Cost is a little higher than some games but it is worth it, it is a quality game, offers different 'maps' you can play and practice on, and you can play the tutorial to sharpen your skills as many times as you want or need to.
I highly recommend this game.
"Good game, very addicting."
Version: Triple Town 1.11
It is really just a puzzle time killer, but it is a lot of fun. Yes, some things cost money, and if you've played it on Google+ or Facebook, you already know this. However, it is a great pick up and go game.
It can get old after a while, since it can be extremely hard to advance to some of the more complex structures.
If you are willing to pay $3.99 for unlimited turns, you can have all the time you want to do whatever you want. Fun game, and if you like time killing puzzle games, this is for you.
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