Check Out 7 Wonders: Magical Mystery Tour For a Fresh Take on Match Three – iPad App Review

Mumbo Jumbo‘s newest puzzler, 7 Wonders: Magical Mystery Tour takes the well-honed match three game structure and adds a back story featuring spry construction workers and plenty of power ups to keep things moving.

Despite its name, this Magical Mystery Tour isn’t a John, Paul, George, and Ringo, “I Am the Walrus” kind of endeavor. On this trip is the player journeys to the 7 wonders of the world collecting the building blocks needed to complete each destination. As each wonder is built the player also adds to his team of guild workers.

Play begins in Camelot. The object is to swap runes making matches of three or more tiles to clear them from the board.

Bonus minigames unlock when the same color rune matches special cells on the game board. Matches can also be used to collect and replenish a player’s resources during play. There are also achievements to unlock for accomplishments such as speedy completion of a round or accumulating, but not using, powerups.

Players earn additional bonuses for creating individual 4 or 5-rune matches, and a larger bonus for combining them. Run out of matching options? Don’t worry, just shuffle the board by pulling the lever in the upper left corner of the screen. The ability to use a powerup or shuffle the board recharges fairly quickly during play.

There are four levels of difficulty to choose from ranging from zen to insane. The app is also compatible with Game Center.

The round is timed, but speed isn’t as important as strategy. Don’t expect to gather all of the details about 7 Wonders in one round, but the learning curve adds longevity to the gameplay.

The game is available to download in the App store for $4.99.

What I liked: The attention to detail, such as when the guild workers come out at the end of a round to pick up the cornerstone a player has earned set 7 Wonders apart from the the large number of other match 3 offerings in the app store. As the game progresses “specialists” are hired by the workers to add even more detail to the building aspect of the game.

What I didn’t like: Usually the tiles only match in vertical or horizontal lines, except when they don’t. This inconsistency was a bit frustrating.

To buy or not to buy:If you thought you never wanted to play another match 3 puzzler, think again. 7 Wonders: Magical Mystery Tour is the strongest offering in its category. Coo coo ca choo.

About Emily: Emily is a freelance writer who loves discovering new apps whenever she can pry the iPad away from her children or husband. You can contact her via Twitter: @whatwentwrite