With the success of Candy Crush Saga, there has been a real surge of all kinds of match-three games and other puzzle games trying to capture the same success as the popular, addictive free to play puzzle game. Cavemania by Yodo1 Games is the next game that tries to make a throw at the millions Candy Crush makes every day. This game is very similar to Candy Crush, though it adds an extra layer of strategy to the game which might make it stand out above all the other competitors who offer a similar gaming experience.
First of all, I really like the setting the developers of the game went for. For one weird reason, hunting and gathering really fits in with the gameplay offered in Cavemania. In every level you need to collect a certain amount of food or resources before you run out of moves. But there is more strategy to it, as you will often also have to defeat an enemy in the form of a creature. You will need to strategically move your character over the playing field towards the enemy. If you create a four in a row, your character will receive a special power which will help defeating your enemies quicker. Your caveman is your main character in the game, and you can also upgrade him to make him more powerful. I can say this with a smile on my face: yes, the game is good.
Cavemania isn’t just about puzzling. You can also customize your caveman and unlock new characters. All of this costs in-game currency, which you can earn by playing the game, but also by simply buying it in the store. As with similar games, you can buy extra turns, more power crystals (believe me, you will need them in later levels), extra lives, and all kinds of consumable power-ups. These cost real money, and vary between $0.99 and $9.99. This also goes for the in-game currency, which you don’t really need to buy unless you want to be all-powerful when you start the game.
I have been pleasantly surprised by Cavemania. The combination of puzzle and strategy really is fun, and the core game mechanics are easy for anyone to understand. The setting is chosen cleverly, as it helps explaining why you’re matching the objects you need to progress through the game. The fact you can unlock new characters with different fighting moves is a nice addition too.
Customization is also a welcome addition to keep the game from going stale. The app works on both iPad and iPhone and takes up just under 80 MB.