August 16, 2019
Wildscapes Review – A New Match 3 Puzzle Game From the Studio Behind Gardenscapes
Playrix released Gardenscapes back in 2016 and Homescapes in 2017, it is finally time for a brand-new Match 3 extravaganza. Following two massively successful Match 3 puzzlers, Wildscapes takes you out from the comfort of your garden and your home to a zoo! Can you complete the colorful puzzles and restore the zoo of your dreams in this new Match 3 for iPhone, iPad, and Android?
There is no question that Playrix know their way around the Match 3 genre. Gardenscapes and Homescapes (along with Fishdom) are some of the most popular Match 3 games on mobile, and thus, it makes perfect sense for the studio to follow a similar approach with Wildscapes. The main objective of this family-friendly game is to complete a variety of Match 3 boards, level by level, and spend the coins that you earn from these levels on an array of decorations and attractions for the zoo.
While the game mechanics are extremely familiar and certainly not something I have not seen before, the zoo theme gives this cookie-cutter formula the necessary fresh spin. Whether it be acquiring new animals for the zoo or purchasing new decorations, Wildscapes will dazzle all types of players with its gorgeous graphics, lush colors, and cute animations that look fantastic on the crystal screens of mobile and tablet devices.
That being said, essentially, Wildscapes feels like it was created especially for kids or beginners-level players. The gameplay remains quite simple throughout, with very few twists to add to the complexity of the game. The Match 3 levels are fun and of moderate difficulty, but do not offer much excitement in terms of innovation. However, there is one small, but notable addition. This is the animal helper that blasts power tiles once you collect a certain number of colored tiles. Thoughtful touches like this are what I hope to see more in future updates.
Wildscapes functions on the heart system, in which you lose one heart if you fail a level. You can either pay gems to extend the level or lose a heart and wait for it to reload. These hearts can also be immediately reloaded using gems (which are available to purchase in the store). Moreover, you will also need to spend gems (and coins) to decorate your zoo to complete the guest’s requests. Like all freemium Match 3 games, if you want to drown your zoo in luxury, you cannot avoid the in-app purchases.