Feevo HD marks Tetris Online‘s first foray into iOS. Don’t be mislead by the brand name because Feevo is more like PopCap‘s Bejeweled series than a Tetris-style game. As anyone who has ever played Bejeweled knows, this style of game play can be tough to put down.
The object of Feevo HD is simple: match four contiguous like shapes to clear them. Feevo’s two game modes — Fever Mode and Blaze Mode — set it apart from the many other similar games in its class. In Fever mode the player has a set number of moves (“actions”) in which to clear the most shapes. A well-placed move will extend the number of actions allotted, so skillfull players will find a round of Fever Mode can be quite lengthy.
Feevo got its start on Facebook, where Fever Mode is the only game play choice. The iPad app adds Blaze mode, where players try to beat the clock. Games end quickly, so it’s hard to play just one. It was easy to spend just as much time playing game after game in Blaze mode as it was to play one longer game in Fever mode.
There are a number of ways that Feevo augments game play to reward players. Players can create Power Pieces by clearing more than four pieces or create a Mega Piece by clearing 5 or more pieces including a power piece. Touching a Mega Piece removes clears the board of that type of piece. Creating both types of pieces is critical to cranking up a high score.
Progressing through the levels in either mode raises a player’s rank and unlocks a variety of power ups that keep the game moving. Power ups can be purchased at the start of a game for a certain number of coins (although the first one is free). The power ups vary by game mode, but players can use power ups during game play to do helpful things such as shuffle pieces, generate random power pieces, or add time in Blaze mode.
Using a Mystery Box will unleash a random mystery effect to improve your score. Users also have the choice of purchasing a Mystery Box with coins or received as a gift for adding friends. Coins are earned through game play, but can also be purchased in-app.
Feevo HD is GameCenter enabled, and users can also connect through Facebook and enter a weekly tournament. There are also a long list of achievements to unlock.
What I liked: Feevo is a game I will return to again and again. I loved having a choice between Fever and Blaze modes. The entire Feevo experience is neither too frenetic nor too overwhelming, yet I still found that I wanted to play game after game. The new age soundtrack also contributed to the games engaging, yet relaxing, vibe. I had no trouble earning coins, so purchasing them in-app does not seem necessary.
What I didn’t like: It wasn’t as intuitive to switch between Fever Mode and Blaze Mode as I would have liked.
To buy or not to buy: Feevo HD is just as addictive as Bejeweled, but its pacing lets players choose their own speed. Feevo HD is not as challenging as other similar puzzle games, so some users may find it too easy. For others looking for an alternative to puzzle gaming at breakneck speed, Feevo offers a rare chance to slow down and focus.
- App Name: Feevo HD
- Version Reviewed: 1.0
- Category: Games
- Developer: Tetris Online, Inc.
- Price: $2.99, with optional in-app purchases