It’s incredibly addictive. If you just play the standard “Brew” option, you’ll find plenty of opportunity for improving your score. This is fun enough, but the even more addicting part of the game is the story mode. You play as three wytches who are wandering the countryside to find out where the Grey Brothers went. They help people by brewing different potions.
The game is like Bejeweled in that you move the flowers (jewels) around the board. The difference is that you can sacrifice some of your “candle wax” (life) and move the flowers farther around on the board, as opposed to only adjacent ones.
You have a cookbook to guide you. Once you figure out what flowers go in what combination in what order, the game goes from being slightly confusing to seriously addicting.
I’m about a third of the way through the story mode, and I’m loving it. This game is fun and complex, but simple enough to pick up quickly.
It’s kind of frustrating when the wytches throw more flowers out onto the board and it creates a 3-in-a-row that messes up your recipe! Frustrating, but you still get points!
Another mechanic that makes the game a little harder is your cauldron at the bottom of the screen. If you try to fill it up too much, it will overflow and your game will be over! So, you have to keep your eye on your candles, your cauldron, and the flowers that you’re trying to match up.
How about some screenshots?
This is the start screen. If you pick “brew”, you can play the standard matching game with no story and try to rack up as many points as you can.
This is the screen you get when you pick “quest”.
A story screen. The models aren’t anything to be excited about, but this is a puzzle game. There also don’t seem to be any consequences for messing up in the puzzle play; if people don’t get their potions, they’re disappointed, but not pissed off.
The game board screen. This is where all of the gameplay happens. You can see the flowers on the board. Each wytch has a section of the board, and if you move the flowers around too much, you have bits of your candles melt. The cauldron is on the bottom, and that’s where the flowers go when you line up three or more. If you try to stuff too much into the cauldron, it’ll overflow, ending the game. If your candles burn down completely, your game will end. The box to the left of the cauldron is your cookbook. I don’t have any recipes up on there, but you have to get the flowers in the right order.
See some official screenshots here.
I got the game for free through this offer. It’s a very solid game, and for free, it’s even more awesome.
I guess I’ll get to a rating. Overall, I’d say this is a 4/5. The story mode is interesting enough to keep you going, so that’s a 4/5; the gameplay is addictive, so that’s a 5/5; and the graphics are fine for what you need them for, a 3.5/5. The models of the wytches and other people are kind of goofy looking and they’re not animated, but for a puzzle game, kick-ass models aren’t really expected.
This is a great game; go out and get it and give it a whirl. It’s very addictive and free ‘til January.