Games can gain new life on the App Store, as it seems apps can be always evolving products with updates. Pile is a puzzle game that includes matching, and stacking with some fast paced timing. The game is a bit like Dr. Mario as you need to send two piece blocks down into the grid to create matches, and clear existing blocks off the board. Pile takes the style up a notch as you’re given four two blocks pieces on an individual turn, and you have just seconds to place them all. If there weren’t time limits, the game would be a bit bland, but with time limits, methodical decisions can go out the windows, and instead there’s frantic pacing.
It’s easy to start playing, but tough to keep going as there’s a whole lot of challenge included. There’s an endless high score attack, but there are also levels included, with each one decreasing the time allotment, and introducing new elements including bombs, filler blocks, and special colored blocks. Once you reach level six in the endless mode, you unlock the challenge mode where you’re given certain bricks to eliminate in the given time limits. The new mode lives up to its name, and provides specific levels to complete to switch things up nicely.
The best part of Pile is that it launched back in 2012, but here in 2014 it feels like a brand new game with the just launched 2.0 update. The core mechanics has been enhanced in every way for some intense fast paced challenge that feels like a fresh new release. It’s neat how the simple beginnings can become, so complex as time constraints change the gameplay so much. The biggest drawback of Pile is the inclusion of power-ups, as they can be vital to survive, but the game is very stingy with them. In fact, there are sequences where power-ups pop-up only to ask you to buy them for coins, or even $0.99 in-app purchases. The endless high score nature of the game takes a big hit when power-ups are given sparingly to entice you to buy them. It’s easy to understand the developers want to make money, but hampering your success with timely in-app purchases dampens the entire experience.
Pile (Free, Universal) is a challenging puzzle game that is worth picking up for free for the endless, and mission modes, but it’s not as good as it could be.
The developers, 1Button, were kind enough to provide a giveaway to our readers. You can get 10,000 coins (a $3.99 value) by following the three steps below.