3tris - The Color Brick Saga (Android) Review

By Andrew 13.03.2018

Review for 3tris - The Color Brick Saga on Android

Tetris has been re-released, remade and rebooted so many times that it's nearly impossible to keep track of where it is up to or what new take on the theme is being pushed out onto the marketplace. 3tris - The Color Brick Saga takes on the block shapes of Tetris and combines it with the ever popular puzzle staple of matching three objects of any given colour in a row. Amazingly enough, it has been given the name 3tris - quite apt, right? Perhaps so, but is it any good? Cubed3 tries out this Android puzzle effort to find out.

One thing that both Tetris and games like Candy Crush have in common is their tight controls. Once something is done, it cannot be undone, so it's vital that the player's inputs are properly represented on the screen. 3tris takes a novel approach to control (and that is perhaps being generous). Featured on the screen are a virtual d-pad and a rotate button to press. It feels like something from the early days of the original DS, where developers were still pondering the best way to integrate touch screen controls. Pressing left on the d-pad will move the falling block left, but miss the virtual d-pad even slightly and nothing will happen. What this means is that one eye must be kept on the controls at all times, to ensure that fingers are where they are needed. For a game that lives and dies by its controls, this is a really poor solution.

Screenshot for 3tris - The Color Brick Saga on Android

These controls have more flaws, too. Whilst the buttons take up a significant part of the screen, they are also far too small. All in all, this means that checking buttons are actually being pressed when they should be is an integral part of the 3tris, when it really shouldn't be. Finally, the d-pad features an up and down button, which both do… absolutely nothing. It's as if the developer concluded that people had no familiarity with touch screens, and wouldn't understand concepts such as swiping or other workable solutions. Perhaps this would have been true 10 years ago, but these days, mobile gamers will probably be more familiar with using a touch screen than a d-pad.

Other than the flawed controls, the gameplay is solid, if unspectacular. Matching up squares of the same colour is hardly original, and there's nothing much to distinguish it from other titles other than pretending to be Tetris, which doesn't really add anything. The music is repetitive, but it doesn't grate given that this is designed to be played in relatively short bursts. It features levels that steadily increase in difficulty, but each level sticks to a basic formula.

Screenshot for 3tris - The Color Brick Saga on Android

Cubed3 Rating

4/10
Rated 4 out of 10

Subpar

3tris - The Color Brick Saga has the potential to be a solid addition to the mobile puzzle game genre, but it has a frustrating control system that lets it down. Any title that requires players to watch their fingers, rather than the action, is doing something fundamentally wrong, and this is especially true when the nature of the game requires quick thinking.

Developer

Triplay Studios

Publisher

Bauer-Live

Genre

Puzzle

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  4/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

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