StoneLoops! of Jurassica Review: Lots Packed in for a Buck

If your a gamer on the App Store, you know that there are many clones and rehashes of existing games. At times, copycats are uninspired and are nothing but a quick stab at making a buck off of someone else’s success. But, in some instances like with StoneLoops!, you get a great game in a new package.

StoneLoops! is all about matching up the same colour of three stones together, like PopCap’s Zuma. A multi-coloured chain of stones gets slowly pushed across a path, and you fire different coloured stones one by one from the bottom of the screen into the stream. If any of them reaches the end of the level, it’s game over. Sounds a bit too basic, right? Let’s dig in deeper to see what makes it a fun game.

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Powerups: Random powerups will come up often throughout levels, and they really help to give you an edge when you need it. There’s one that spray paints balls in one colour, another that starts a meteor shower, and even the ability to fire a straight lightning shot through the board to clear rocks. Effectively using powerups meant passing or failing a level a lot of times, and for that reason I really enjoyed them.

Lots of levels: There’s an amazing 80 levels packed into this game. You’ll soon realize that this will keep you busy for a long, long time. It always felt like the end was never near and I had lots left to do.

The concept of StoneLoops! may be simple, but the varied boards and tons of levels make it a great experience.  I found it to be addictive because it was so easy to pop open for a couple of minutes each session.  For $0.99, it’s an easy recommendation from me to say buy StoneLoops. I had a lot of fun playing through the challenging levels and narrowly passing each one.

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StoneLoops! was developed by PlayCreek and is available for $0.99.  I played through most levels at version 1.0 on an iPod Touch 2G.  There’s also a lite version to try before buying.

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