Whenever I buy a match three game, my wife asks me: “Why are you spending money on that? Don’t you have Candy Crush Saga?” and I smile. Leaving the fact that she probably spent more on Candy Crush Saga than I did on purchasing match-three games every now and then, there are a ton of differences between classic match-3 games you can play on your computer and the free versions that seem to be made to be as frustrating as possible, forcing you into spending money to progress. Don’t get me wrong: you can still go through such games without paying a single dollar, but that’s a real challenge!
On the other hand, for a game like the one we’re reviewing today – Lost Bounty: A Pirate’s Quest things look a lot better. You pay a small price once to get the game and you are guaranteed the frustration-free package. Plus, in our case, you go all cool collecting pirate-themed items, building pirate ships and never seeing one single candy. Candy’s unhealthy!
Jokes aside, let’s find out what Lost Bounty: A Pirate’s Quest is all about! The story is pretty simple and is used just as an excuse to give you the option to match those tiles and go through the levels in the game: Captain Anne Rackham and her pirate crew have just anchored their ship, Harpie’s Song, in the harbor of Skull Island and it’s up for you to help them explore the area and build a mighty cove for your ship, while uncovering the area’s secrets.
Although the story won’t blow you away (but force you to read a lot since it’s all text), it opens level after level of great match three challenges. As I said already, all the items that you match are pirate-themed and looking nice, you have great bonuses to unlock by building your ship (power-ups that increase the coins you get, or give you advantages in each game you play) and increasingly difficult levels with all sort of blockers and obstacles for you to remove.
Lost Bounty: A Pirate’s Quest is very basic and straight to the point, without unnecessary bells and whistles, but with great & relaxing gameplay and a nice storyline if you care about something like that. It also has a “relaxed” time mode available, letting you deal with each level at your own pace (which is exactly how I play the game), and all levels, even though they get really difficult towards the end, are not made to frustrate you, but to offer you a nice challenge and a good experience. It’s that type of game that you will love if you love the genre, but you won’t consider it memorable. But games, in the end, if fun – they match all the boxes for me. And this one is fun!
The graphics are good, especially the artwork in the cove outside the levels, but the tiles you have to match are big and colorful, easy to see and different enough not to become confusing. There is no voice over here, but there’s no need to it as the story can be completely ignored if you only care about the levels.
All in all, Lost Bounty: A Pirate’s Quest is a good game for fans of the genre. Although it doesn’t bring anything new to the table and it doesn’t have the “wow” factor, it does everything flawlessly and offers fun times and relaxation.