As a kid, I remember endless adventures to the local swimming hole, which undoubtedly ended up with a little bit of swimming and a lot of searching for little creatures, mostly frogs. Now, living in an area where there is more rain than sunshine, I’m more interested in finding indoor activities that deal with frogs, like EA’s newest app Liqua Pop for the iPhone.
If you are at all familiar with the match-three genre, you already know that it has been inundated with countless fails over the years so my reluctance to review Liqua Pop was a bit elevated.
Fortunately, I went ahead with trying it out and found that its eye-catching—borderline psychedelic—graphics combined with its progressively intense gameplay were not only fun, but very addictive.
Liqua Pop, while organized and presented as a match-three puzzler, is anything but the ordinary connect style. After loading the game on your iPhone, you can immediately start gameplay if you’re not interested in the social aspect of sharing scores with friends. If you are of the voyeuristic type, the app features integrated social connections so you can connect with Facebook to share your best times, and track them on daily and all-time leaderboards. All you do is click on options and enter your Facebook log in information. Simple and easy.
Your basic role is to help Toadie the Frog, the in-game character on the left of the screen, get to the top of the leaf to enjoy a delicious drop of water by popping matching color droplets. You do this by dragging them together and clear the way for Toadie. To pop the droplets and advance Toadie up the vine, you'll need to drag droplets together until they burst. Of course, you have to match the same colors to clear the screen before time runs out or else everything will overflow and then it’s game over.