Like a game of Twister – but not.
In 3D Twist and Match, the latest PSP Mini from Sanuk Games, the title says it all really. Players are encouraged, using the d-pad and the shoulder buttons, to twist, flip and rotate a variety of 3D images to match with the dark silhouette in the background. I can’t honestly say that there is anything more to this game. Yet, for some reason, it is actually quite compulsive.
I know, I actually thought the same too. At the end of the day this is like a Jigsaw puzzle with one 3D piece and the puzzle is all about working out how to fit that one piece in. The game has three different modes. In Classic, the player has has a fixed amount of time in order to match as many of these shapes as possible with their silhouette and in Rush the player has less time. Whichever mode, the objective is to score as highly as possible by making the match in the least number of moves and as quickly as possible. As you work through these modes, which have ten different themes that are carried through the items and the backgrounds, you will unlock items to be used in practice mode. In practice mode the player doesn’t have to worry about the time limit and can just while away the hours matching any of the unlocked objects to their hearts content.
This is actually quite useful because the controls take a bit of getting used to. The game itself is not especially hard and since the player is only competing with themselves for high scores, there is no real pressure. But learning how to use the controls correctly will make a big difference for those wanting to improve their scores. The objects can be rotated across all three dimensions, and knowing which button to press in order to rotate it through the right dimension will reduce the number of mis-moves and increase the score.
The background themes and the objects themselves are all fairly colourful, but pretty basic, leaving the game looking not especially great. There are 10 themes in total, each with 20 different items, ranging from Kitchen to Halloween. The themes change every so often, reducing the repetitiveness of the scene. The background music is, frankly, a little annoying after the first few minutes.
There is something quite relaxing though about the game. I personally found myself playing it for much longer than I expected. In a similar way to many other simple puzzle games, 3D Twist and Match compels the player to try “just one more time” and get a better score.
At a low price of just £1.74, 3D Twist and Match offers quite an addictive puzzle experience. It may not look that great, sound particularly good or even appear to be that interesting. But, as always, gameplay is king and this game certainly ticks that box. It will not entertain for hours on end, but in small bursts 3D Twist and Match is quite good fun.