I have a mixed reaction when playing Atlantis: Pearls of the Deep, a match three game that I know should calm me down and provide a relaxing experience, with its low tempo music and low paced levels. But it’s a game after all – a challenge – and I have to win it, and I get irritated when I miss a shot or when something goes wrong. Well, somebody here should probably go to anger management classes!
Jokes aside, Legacy Interactive’s Atlantis: Pearls of the Deep is a pretty little pearl waiting to be discovered by you. In the game, you have to save the world of Atlantis by collecting a bunch of items hidden deep underwater and it’s up for your match-3 skills to complete the mission and be proud of yourself.
Unlike other match-3 games though, Atlantis: Pearls of the Deep is a physics based game where you simply drop pearls from the top of the screen and you let gravity work its magic. This concept usually works flawlessly, even though sometimes the pearls do tend to get a bit too bouncy (although I never dropped pearls so often from such heights, so it might be natural) and other times the touch and release controls might fail you and you’ll end up dropping 2 pearls at the same time. This happened to me quite often and it didn’t help my “let’s relax” approach.
But putting these minor problems aside – problems that will disappear as you play the game and you get used with the control mechanics – Atlantis: Pearls of the Deep is actually a very good game and it’s really challenging. You start easy to get used with how things work, but pretty soon you’ll have to drop your pearls over obstacles, wheels and other crazy contraptions, making things a lot more interesting and adding a “let’s think this over” value to the game.
We also have power-ups to help us complete the levels easier, but they’re pretty expensive and you should first make sure you unlock the levels before getting the power-ups, and we also have the biggest mood-enhancer: the music. The music is indeed relaxing and every person unlike me – meaning everybody who can understand that this is just a game and not a race at the Olympics, will surely have a great, relaxing experience playing the game. Add to that the Zen mode that you unlock once you complete all the 45 levels of the main story and you do have your free stress management app right inside your pocket.
The biggest bonus of Atlantis: Pearls of the Deep is that it’s available for no cost over at Google Play, and you should make sure to download it right away. It has superb graphics, a lovely mix of puzzle solving and match 3 mechanics and once you get used with it, you simply can’t put it down!
Final rating: 4 out of 5