Pet Rescue Saga is a cute and captivating puzzle game that made its way from the world of Facebook to the mobile marketplaces. Created by King, the developer behind Candy Crush Saga, expect a well-tuned matching experience punctuated by a number of useful power-ups, all told through a shoestring story about rescuing adorable pets!
At its core, Pet Rescue Saga is a lot like the classic puzzle game SameGame, a formula that has been remixed many times over the years. The screen is filled with tiles of various colors along with a few miscellaneous power-up and point multipliers. All you have to do is tap a group of two or more like colors and they disappear, creating space for the surrounding blocks to fall and squeeze in. By being judicious about which blocks you remove at what time, you can carefully carve out more and more space so the little pets you're trying to rescue can reach safety.
Pet Rescue Saga is a very simple game. King has experience turning Candy Crush Saga into a massive mega-hit, however, and it shows with this release. If you're worried about in-app purchases and the like, you'll be pleased to know that Pet Rescue Saga lets you play all you want, provided you keep winning! Meet the goals of each level and you'll continue unlocking stages as you complete them. Fail to meet the goal too many times and you'll have to wait for your hearts to refill. It only takes about an hour, but if you're impatient you can nab extra hearts via microtransaction or by asking Facebook friends. Very tastefully done.
It's a simple, quick game with a whole lot of replay value. Pet Rescue Saga has a lot of pick-up-and-play power and is perfectly tuned for quick rounds of mobile entertainment. Plus, you get to save cute piglets and bunnies and birds and puppies. That's never a bad thing.
NOTE: This game was played and reviewed on the Nexus 4. Game was available in the North American market at the time of publication, but may not be available in other territories. Please see individual app market pages for purchasing info.