Here at the Android Apps Review, we are really all about arcade-inspired puzzle games. We like anything that gets us thinking and playing, especially if it has a lot of replay potential.
After all, what’s a thinking man’s game good for if you can’t take it with you on a particularly long commute?
This is why we’re featuring Greed, from silkygoose, today. The game is a free way to have a lot of fun on your Android phone. It features engaging gameplay that pays homage to its predecessors, and it happens to be a whole lot of fun, to boot.
For more information, see our full review below!
Concept and Gameplay
The core idea behind Greed looks something like this: You’ll need to clear a board full of numbers in order to win.
To get there, you’ll need to swipe the cursor up, down, left and right (or a combination of diagonals). With each swipe, you’ll knock out a number of spaces equal to the closest figure. Swipe towards a five, and you’ll take out five whole blocks. Go up to hit a two, and you’ll take out two.
So what’s the hitch? In a Light Bike-esque twist of fate, you cannot go farther than your own path. If you hit a cleared block, that’s where you’ll be staying. This means that, eventually, you’ll find yourself jammed between a rock and a hard place, and forced to take that hard game over.
It’s a lot of fun, and it’s a concept we’ve not seen before. Apparently it’s derived from an old Linux game, and though we somehow missed the original, we love this new incarnation. It’s quick, fun and endlessly difficult—just like we like it.
Graphics and Interface
We’ve ragged on games before for toeing the line between retro and badly designed. And though Greed certainly straddles that fence, we honestly can’t knock it any points for looking the way it does.
Sure, it looks like a DOS game from almost twenty years ago. But then again, that’s the point. That’s what the developers were aiming for, and in a weird way, it makes the gameplay so much better. Everything is clearer, sharper and more distinct. And for that, we just don’t feel like being mean.
At the end of the day, as a free arcade game in the Google Play Store, you just can’t beat what Greed is packing The game is fun, exciting to play and offers a boat load of replay potential. Those are all things we crave in a good action puzzler, and with none of our quarters actually attached here, we can’t think of a reason not to jump on board.
The graphics may not be for everyone, but then again, they aren’t expected to be.
Overall, Greed is a real keeper, and a gem on the platform.
Greed requires Android 4.0 and up. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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What do YOU think? We’d love to hear your comments, try it and let us know!