By Objective Development
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Pebbles is ideal for a quick game!
The game is easy to get into as well as get out of again. There is no troublesome saving or loading – just end the game (by pressing the home button on the iPhone) and start exactly where you left off next time you turn it on.
Pebbles is flexible!
Pebbles has got everything: from a quick game here and there to tricky challenges.
The easier levels don’t require too much sweat; however, they are not trivial and still a lot of fun. The higher levels of difficulty get pretty tricky, though. Just the right thing when you’re in the mood to get that gray matter working.
Pebbles is pretty and sounds cute!
What’s more, Pebbles is supported by adorable visual effects (three pebble designs to choose from) and the cutest sounds.
How does Pebbles work?
The basic principle of the game is irresistibly easy: from the edge, you throw a pebble into a square playing field. When one stone lands on another of the same color, this stone as well as all bordering stones of the same color disappear. The goal is, of course, to empty the field – so far, so good.
Yet, this simple concept leads to surprisingly challenging functions, and the variety of strategic possibilities make Pebbles an absorbing game.
A shelf above the playing field shows which stone is going to come next. Knowing which stone is going to follow is a deciding factor in the game’s strategy.
Choosing the sequence of the moves with care is also very important: a well positioned pebble can do more than just eliminate others; it can also be the basis for up coming moves, just as a badly positioned pebble can prove to be terribly obstructive.
The level of difficulty increases with the number of pebbles that are in the playing field at the start of a game as well as the number of different colors.
Perfect waiting game
I thought the concept of this game was a little facile initially, but once you get up there in levels, it becomes challenging, yet imminently doable. I've enjoyed now playing through every level of the game, and continually come up with new strategies and approaches. It is great that you don't have to worry about saving the game and the game is up and running almost instantly. I've had enjoyable stretches ranging from 2 minutes to 2 hours. Well worth the buck and if you wait, maybe it'll be free for a few days.
Worth the price
This is one of 4 gaming apps that I consistantly use (the others being Thirty One, Numbrix, Unblock Me, and Killer Pool). I'm stingy with my money (9/10 of the apps on my Touch are free apps and demos) but after playing the free Mac version of the game (available on the developers website) I just had to buy this so I could have it with me all the time. A great game for puzzle fans. It starts out easy and gets progressively harder. I'm up to 6 colors now!
Very calming and surprisingly engaging
I got this because it's made by Objective Development (LaunchBar, Little Snitch), a company whose products I use daily and quality I trust, and because it was free. I wasn't expecting anything, really, and don't play many puzzle games, but after a few hours of playing, putting it on my girlfriend's iPod touch so she could play, and learning new strategies, I am happy to say ObDev didn't disappoint. Fun, challenging, easy to learn, and very calming to play. Thanks!