Cascade

Last Updated on by Samuel Franklin

Good
  • Tries something new with match and spin mechanics in one
  • Massive number of levels on offer
Bad
  • Some performance issues
  • Lacks that explosion of points and colour that other games offer
7

Cascade is all about spinning and matching colours on your mobile device with a game that takes the basic elements of the saturated match three puzzle genre but imports some additional spinning mechanics into the mix. The result is hundreds of levels of what feels like a fresh experience in the mobile puzzle genre.

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Starting in the Cascade Hills players are introduced the core features of Cascade through a typical tutorial introduction. Unlike other match three puzzle games though you best pay attention to fully comprehend the introduced spinning mechanic and maximise it’s potential in each level. While you’ll see a familiar game board as you load up the first level the requirements for matches and how you go about performing them is completely different to what you have seen before which stops Cascade from being just another gem matching game.

At the start of each Cascade level players will perform a spin to fill up the bottom separated row of 6 gems. This row is not directly part of the game board but instead acts as swappable gems that you can place in their corresponding columns as you please. This is done by simply tapping on the gem you wish to swap and not only is this a convenient way to trigger large combos swapped gems also do not need to adhere to straight line matches allowing you to create some truly marvellous scoring opportunities.

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If you can use all 6 spun gems you’ll be able to spin this special row again filling it up with gems again to make match combos along with a bonus score multiplier to help you meet the score requirement for that level.

Additional mechanics includes the likes of burst gems, wilds, hammers, shifters and more game boosts to help you clear through the available game levels by boosting your score. In standard fashion this score is the basis for level completion and also for comparison against friends. Star ratings are also awarded at the completion of each level which pairs with a handful of in game currency.

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This formula of Cascade changes little throughout the 900 odd levels but they do become increasingly difficult as the shape of the game board changes requiring you to carefully consider the order you use your special row of gems to ensure you can secure free spins.

Unlike other match three games where luck plays more of a role Cascade has a nice touch of strategy to it as you an see all your available gems in the current spin and assess the game board accordingly before making a single move.

Ultimately Cascade is a fun little experiment to keep you occupied in your down time and has a little flair compared to similar titles. Some performance issues and lack of colourful explosions is the trade off compared to other flashier match three puzzles.

Summary:

  • Combined the match three genre with a spin mechanic.
  • Experience over 900 levels of match and spin gameplay.
  • Use all sorts of power ups to maximum your high scores and brag to friends.
  • Easy to grasp gameplay but difficult to master.
  • Play on iOS or Android.

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Review Platform: iOS

This review was first published on January 21, 2014. It may have been updated since to reflect new information, platform releases, links and videos as at the updated date at the top of this page. Review scores are not changed as part of this update process, to learn more read our update policy.


Written by
Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 publishing content on the likes of YouTube, GameSkinny, Hubpages and other media outlets as a guest author. He has over 3 million views on his YouTube channel, SeelyonGaming.

Samuel actively enjoys video games across all genres and platforms, watching the trends of the gaming industry and following the independent development scene in particular. Games Finder is also a Steam Curator and featured in the aggregate review data of MobyGames and Neoseeker.

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