A chieftain does what they have to do to take care of their people. They kill sabertooth tigers to protect them, they cross vast deserts in search of a more promising land and, yes, they'll even play match-3/strategy mobile hybrid games, just as you do in BonusXP's Cavemania. Lead your people through 75 levels toward victory where times will be peaceful and resources plentiful. And that's a whole lot better than killing a vicious Dilophosaur for your next meal.
The game mechanics are intuitive: drag any non-building tile with another to swap their positions and create three or more in a row. Whatever kind of object was matched is added to your resources, which can then be used to construct buildings or add other tribe members to the board to aid you in your goals. And this is where the strategy portion of the game comes into play. All tribe members, including the chief, as well as the buildings and enemies, take up valuable space on the board. This can sometimes block you from making a match you may so desperately need.
What Cavemania does well in its design is force you to look carefully at your goals and how your board is setup, a good quality in a turn-based strategy game. Of course, the random nature of the match-3 board can create a situation where no amount of planning will give you a victory, but with a three star reward system, you'll likely be replaying levels anyway. Cavemania is a free mobile app with non-intrusive in-app purchases that's sure to give you several afternoons of prehistoric fun.
NOTE: This game was played and reviewed on the Droid Razr. 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.