You know that you have a hit game on your hands when imitations increasingly start to emerge. Such is the case with Threes! which Tilelicious is clearly inspired by. However, it features many redeeming qualities that set it apart, but is it worth a download?
The first thing that'll make you smile immediately after booting up this puzzler are the adorable graphics. The starring little boy and girl seem to constantly be munching goodies so it's your job to keep their bellies full by matching tiles in a wide assortment of food-themed levels. When tiles match and become exponentially tastier, the gameplay quickly evolves into a very satisfying experience. As you perform well-executed moves, visual and vocal cues continue to reward you for your skills. There's even a fun moment when you play erratically since the children start to get sick all over the screen. It's gross but can be funny once you figure out how to trigger it. The gameplay is accompanied with a catchy little song that'll have you tapping your toe. Audio effects and announcer feedback also help establish a cheerful and rewarding atmosphere. Overall, it's simply brimming with cuteness.
If you've ever played Threes! then you know what to expect already. The exception is that Tilelicious is played on a five-by-five grid as opposed to a four-by-four grid. Anyway, you basically slide all of the tiles in any of four directions while matching tiles combine and become increasingly potent. The game starts with numbers and letters on the tiles to help you distinguish them but after this feature ceases, your eyes will have to be keen enough to spot differences. Your memory will also be put to the test in order to remember the sequence of growth. You can play with the GamePad, Pro Controller, or Wii Remote so you can freely choose whatever you're most comfortable with.
Tilelicious consists of an 11 level campaign. You'll match tiles in plenty of different themes such as gummies, ice cream, pizza, a gingerbread house, and a deli named New Deli (that makes me laugh every time). After completing ten of the levels, you'll obviously be taken to outer space where you complete the game by finding the Cosmic Candy Ring. As you progress, levels become incrementally more challenging. Anyone can easily breeze through the first few levels, but things start to get tricky and eventually extremely difficult. This is a perfectly-paced difficulty curve as it allows for a great deal of gameplay considering the later stages will take you countless attempts to pass. When you manage to do so, you'll feel fantastic. All of that being said, the entirety of the game merely consists of this campaign with no extras or replay value of any kind. However, if all you want is a challenging campaign then you won't be disappointed.
There's one frustrating aspect of Tilelicious that existed in Threes! as well which is the unpredictability of where the next tile will show up. You're provided with a picture of the next tile so you can plan ahead a little bit, but when that tile appears somewhere unexpected, it can be irritating as it totally messes up your plan. The only other complaint that I have is the fact that Tilelicious is simply too similar to Threes! It definitely sets itself apart by featuring a larger grid and a campaign of themed levels, but the core gameplay is identical. This could have been remedied by incorporating some complexities into the equation, but in the end it doesn't feel like anything new.
Tilelicious: Delicious Tiles is an enjoyable puzzler that's ideal for those who want to play Threes! as a campaign of adorable themed levels on the big screen. However, if a lack of extras and replayability makes you second-guess a purchase then it probably isn't for you.
- + Adorable graphics and level themes
- + Cute soundtrack nicely suits the visuals
- + Well-paced challenge eventually becomes quite difficult and satisfying
- - Only consists of an 11 level campaign with no extras or replay value
- - Unpredictable where the next tile shows up
- - Too similar to Threes!