Saqqarah HD

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Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Stand-out puzzle app has seven play styles, great visuals.

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Ease of Play

Difficulty increases as you go along, and some game modes are more challenging than others, but they all start out at an easy enough pace for newcomers to pick up on the strategies and tactics before things get too tough.

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Magical lightning destroys some of the gemstones.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Saqqarah HD is essentially a "match three" style puzzle game, where you need to eliminate colored gems from the board by matching them into like groups. But Saqqarah is divided into seven different "temples," each of which has puzzles with its own completely different gameplay style. So this is essentially seven different "match three" games in one. Logic and tactical thinking are the key elements here, with the only violence of any sort being "lightning" spells that break up some of the gems.

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Is it any good?

The "match three" puzzle genre is vastly overcrowded, but SAQQARAH HD is a welcome addition. Aside from the incredibly gorgeous graphics, the app is really seven completely different puzzle games in one, each with its own rules and strategies. The game is set among seven ancient Egyptian gods, each of which needs your help to restore its temple. You'll have to solve one matching puzzle after another, by sliding, twisting, relocating, popping, or swapping colored gems. The game boards change layouts constantly, so you'll always be kept on your toes, and new obstacles are added as you progress. In addition, you can play scarab-catching and hieroglyphic-reading mini-games to earn power-ups. There's so much here that you could play Saqqarah HD for months without getting tired of it.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Price: $4.99
  • Release date: December 17, 2010
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Publisher: Codeminion
  • Version: 1.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2 or later

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