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Monday, April 28, 2008

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Runes of Avalon 2 Reviewed
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Hooked Gamers has published a new review of Runes of Avalon 2. The puzzle-driven game offers a unique combination of match-three and Tetris mechanics. It features over 100 challenging levels, 6 power-ups, 4 powerful spells, two minigames, and three game modes with many variations within a quest. Hooked Gamers gave RoA 2 a score of 6 out of 10.

From the review:

This is a fast-moving game. It starts out slow enough, but along about your eighth destination you'll find that you've become markedly twitchy. With each new rune-clump that appears, there IS an optimal placement - but you don't have the time to hunt that location down. You'll find yourself just randomly placing pieces on the board anywhere they fit. Then as the board is in danger of becoming so stuffed that the next piece can't be placed (thus ending the round with a YOU LOSE), you'll most likely use some spells to blow some board areas clear - and hope that the resulting explosion adds more to your reservoir marbles than what you spent on the spell. In this, I find a similarity to a pinball game where you really don't know what bumper combinations score what points; you just know that the longer you keep things going, you're "winning". (Until the ball drops out of play - which it inevitably will do.)

Runes of Avalon is probably more cerebral than pinball - after all, you do have to think about making tile-strings, and keep tabs of of how many open spaces remain. You may even be able to keep tabs of the Next-Piece-Coming window and actually plan one move ahead. But it's definitely more "twitchy" than games like Solitaire or Minesweeper. In other words, it will engage your adrenaline gland as well as your mind. Rounds go by quickly (provided you don't get stuck on just one location for too long), and you can easily stop a game and pick it up again later. This is to say that this is a not-bad solitaire diversion.

To read the full review click over to the link below.

Hooked Gamers: Runes Of Avalon 2
Runes Of Avalon 2

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