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POSTED 8/5/16


AZKEND 2: THE WORLD BENEATH

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Darling it’s better down where it’s wetter...

No, we’re not quoting porn, for that is – of course - a line from The Little Mermaid’s earworm ditty ‘Under the Sea’. Putting aside judgments upon the mental age of those responsible for authoring it, under the sea is where you’ll find yourself when diving into the awkwardly titled Aksen... Askze... erm, Azkend 2.

Right, DO NOT TUNE OUT UPON READING THE NEXT LINE. Azkend 2 is a match three game.

Still here? Good, you win, for this is a bloody good example of the genre.

First up, you get a complete game, not something that’s trying to nickel and dime you at every turn like many we could name. Still, we should probably let it go...

It’s set in an 1800s Jules Verne kind of world, where a voyage from Liverpool to New York goes distinctly Titanic shaped. You’re in the bumhole of the earth, and need to solve all manner of matchy puzzles to get the heck out of slodge and hopefully see daylight again.

From quenching fire to breaking ice, squishing (bastard) bugs or just going match crazy, the ‘Adventure’ mode here will keep anybody busy for a few hours. Once those levels are all unlocked, you can replay them aiming for gold medal times. Or, perhaps confusingly considering that last sentence, you can hit the ‘Time Challenge’ where you amass as much score as possible in two minutes.

Azkend 2 isn’t going to give you RPG-like hours of play, but some people actually see that as a good thing (because they have stuff to do).

If you dig on matching tiles then tile matching doesn’t come any better than this on PS4... or Vita (where touch controls rule) – remember that thing? It’s the brilliant handheld machine that Sony totally abandoned like an arsehole parent.

But we should probably let that go, too...

take me back to the start...

 



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