In recent years, Big Fish Games has churned out multiple original best-selling mobile games – making waves across the cooking games landscape with Cooking Craze and topping the charts with the Match 3 adventure Gummy Drop. EverMerge is the studio’s latest attempt to dominate the charts with a fantasy match-and-merge extravaganza.
EverMerge is definitely not the first merge puzzler to hit the mobile gaming world, but it has enough creative features to keep it fresh and interesting. At its core, the gameplay in EverMerge is familiar and even if you are new to the format, it is extremely easy to learn. There are items of different types from various families on the board. These items can be obtained via multiple means; from chopping down trees and opening chests to purchasing in the store and completing recipes. You can combine three identical items to create a new item of the next higher level in the same family. However, it is almost always better to wait to combine five identical items to create two new upper-level items, as this essentially means that you need to use one less item.
While this match-and-merge gameplay is by no means unique, this free-to-play puzzle game from Neskin Games and Big Fish Games features the hero system, which differentiates it from its peers. The heroes in this game are characters from literary classics, ranging from Cinderella to The Little Mermaid to Puss In Boots and more. Although these are classic characters, they are given a modern twist, both in terms of their appearance and their personality. These heroes can be unlocked by merging items in their respective family lines. Once unlocked, they will progress the game’s storyline as well as offer opportunities for you to serve them recipes and obtain more rewards. They are also required to unlock new areas as the game progresses.
Apart from unlocking the heroes, another main goal in EverMerge is building the castles. There is a castle for every resource family; for example, the wood family has the Castle Beauty and the stone family has the Castle Boots. The castles are the last building level of each family and usually take significant effort and time to achieve. While this is a nice goal to center the game around, the payoff is a little disappointing. Once the castles are built, you can feed leftover resources from the same family in exchange for some very minor rewards.
Still, there is plenty of other features that make EverMerge such an addicting and enjoyable play. Firstly, the events in this game are very well-designed and fun. There are the likes of Gnome Rush and Treasure Hunt events that award you with pretty great items when you reach different tiers after completing the required tasks. Then there is the wonderful Unicorn Rush event that expands the game into a whole other area and basically introduces a new game-within-game. As of this review, there are very limited social features, but hopefully, there are things planned for future versions. It is also worth noting that EverMerge is a free-to-play game in every sense of the word. Although there are definitely opportunities to purchase upgrades using real money, such as an extra gnome worker or extra areas, the game really lets you enjoy the full experience for free with quite a hefty playtime per session.
Last but not last, EverMerge is backed by an incredibly strong production. The deliciously lush graphics are bright and colorful – truly magical. As for the music, it is charming, relaxing, and even catchy. Further, EverMerge’s fantasy theme allows it to play around with imaginative fantastical elements. This adds a unique edge to the game that also makes it less predictable and more captivating. There are multiple directions that this game can go and I cannot wait to see what this game brings in its future updates.