G5 Entertainment, the mastermind behind mobile phenomenons such as Hidden City and Jewels of Rome, comes a new Match 3/City Building game – Match Town Makeover. West Haven Bay, a beautiful beach town, was once a prosperous and dreamlike destination. Find out what happened to this paradise and help restore it to its former glory!
There is definitely not a lack of free-to-play Match 3 games in the mobile market, but it is not often that we get a great one with original ideas. Match Town Makeover’s premise of combining Match 3 gameplay and city building sounds intriguing at first but quickly turns into just another cookie-cutter Match 3 game with only a sprinkle of city building elements.
Similar to Gardenscapes, Match Town Makeover progresses level by level as you collect stars along the way. Once you have enough stars to complete a quest, you can develop the storyline further, sometimes through renovating a part of the town. There is very little flexibility regarding the customization and design of the town. You are usually given only three style options to choose from, which are all pretty standard. At the time of writing this review, the game gives no option to spend extra resources for a fancier option like some other games do.
Currently, Match Town Makeover does not offer much beyond its core gameplay. There no limited-time events, competitive tournaments, or mini-games on the side, although daily rewards and bundle sales are always offered.
All this being said, Match Town Makeover does have its merits. Firstly, the storyline involving the West Haven Bay is lighthearted and interesting – a big part of that has to do with the game’s lovable characters. Also, even if it might not be super original, Match Town Makeover is undeniably relaxing. The Match 3 levels are easier than most popular freemium Match 3 games and the game certainly does not force you to pay for in-game items. Last but not least, the presentation of the game is lovely. The colorful 3D graphics remind me of the top-grossing Township and the breezy music is a delight.