Curtis says: The music in the this game really calms me down, and the colors are very bright and nice to look at. When I get a bit older I might be able to try the timeless mode, but the adventure mode will be too fast for my fingers to handle. Oh, btw, I ate broccoli 3 days ago! Broccoli! What mom starts their baby on BROCCOLI?

Yeah, and he liked it too. Finely minced broccoli and garlic with a hint of sea salt. 😉 Who knew?

Secrets of the Seas if a “match-4” game. It doesn’t really fit into any current categories right now, and I LOVE it. The graphics as well as the music are lovely, and the gameplay, while simple, is very addictive. The core gameplay involves your placing pieces of puzzle shapes containing symbols onto a board of symbols, and your goal is to match 4 or more symbols together either in a square or a line, eventually clearing the whole board of the background. Making combos and matches also gives you coins, which will save up to become power-ups.

There are two different modes in Secrets of the Seas; one is adventure mode, which is timed; two is the timeless mode, which gives you a preset number of moves you need to finish the level in. Both are just challenging enough to be fun, yet easy enough that none of the levels should require you to try them twice.

The power-ups in this game are standard but has unique properties: bombs clear the area around it, propellers randomize three rows, whirlwind shuffles a diagonal part of the board, anchors take out a column while a drill takes out a row. There is also a hammer which will knock all the pieces to the right by a few columns and filling in the empty space with random symbols, while last but not least the air canister gives you time in timed mode. Only complaint is that you can’t exactly save up power-ups and use them wherever you need – they appear when you fill up the coin bar and can be any of the above.

Second complaint about the gameplay is that, with a game so full of strategic possibilities, you can only plan for possible moves, not plan for actual moves in advance. The piece that appear in your hand is completely random, but will almost always be usable. (When it isn’t, it’s replaced pretty much right away.)

Secrets of the Seas has a story – it is even fully voiced and read aloud by chapter. However, it isn’t a story you’re likely to notice since it is very simple and straightforward. The game also isn’t particularly long; you’re likely to finish the Adventure mode within the 1-hour trial if you’re quick with your eyes. I wholly recommend this game – it’s original and well made. Even Curtis had fun watching it!

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