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Rating: 4/5 (95 votes)
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City Wizard

DoraI regret to inform you all that this is my last review, since after playing Wizard Hat Games' match-3 strategic puzzle game City Wizard, I feel I am now fully qualified as a city planner and my talents would be best used as such. How hard can it be, right? You just plop down flowers everywhere and nature does the rest. The only thing you actually have to worry about are zombies. See, each level of City Wizard is a hex-board, and it's your job to place items on each tile that will combine into something new when you have three or more of a kind adjacent to one another. Three flowers become a bush, for example, three bushes a tree, and three trees a village... ssssssssssomehow? Matches will always converge on the last tile you placed to create the new item, so plan accordingly. Zombies will move around the board blocking tiles, and the only way to kill them is to block them in so they can't move anywhere. You've also got rocks that can't be combined and must be removed with a lightning strike, and diamonds that, when placed, act as a Joker card of sorts and will turn into whatever tile is closest to them. (If more than one type of tile is touching them, you can manually select the one you want.) You can place one item in the storage container in the top left corner of the screen for later use. Reach the minimum high score before your board fills up and becomes unusable to complete the level and unlock the next. Congratulations! You're now ready for your high-paying job as a city governmental official. If anyone gives you any trouble about it, you can tell them a strange woman on the internet gave you her thumbs up.

City WizardCity Wizard is one of those simple little ideas that make for a surprisingly clever game, though the limited number of tile types may mean some players find it too simple. The game is still challenging with what it has, exacerbated by the fact that you can't "see into the future" Tetris-style to see what your next tile will be, encouraging conservative play on the typically tiny maps. It makes you wish for an undo button, even one with limited uses, since bricking yourself into an unwinnable situation is intensely frustrating given how long it can take to win some levels. Likewise, the distribution of tile types can feel unbalanced, with one run on a level throwing multiple lightning bolts in a row at you early on, while a replay could see nary a one. It makes it seem as if luck is more of a factor than it should be, and City Wizard feels like it could use a little fleshing out in certain areas to become really addictive. As it stands, it is essentially just a reskin of Triple Town, unfortunately, albeit with a hex-based grid, and it needs something more to really be called its own truly unique variation on a popular concept. Still, if you want a fun, free browser puzzle to play, City Wizard is worth checking out, and hopefully gets expanded on in the future.

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13 Comments

It's entirely different from Triple Town because of the spelling.

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kathleen.indie.gee August 7, 2014 8:03 PM

Yes, its a lot like Triple Town, (the varied grid shapes is new) but it is still a fun little game.
If you just want a few hours of relaxing puzzle gaming, don't delve too deep into strategy, since once you figure out the secret it loses its charm and just becomes about grinding.
But If your goal is the win the game, work on mastering the

spiral technique.

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shipoopie August 7, 2014 10:35 PM

I don't think I'll be able to get past level 13 so I'm not going to try anymore. That's a lot of points to get from a game that is 100% random.

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Infant Tyrone August 7, 2014 11:35 PM

I underestimated this game. I also lost the last three hours.

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Much much better than Triple Town. It is more fun to play on a hexagon than a rectangular grid.

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kathleen.indie.gee August 8, 2014 6:39 PM

If you finish a level, quit and then come back later, you need to choose "new game" (not "continue"), this will take you to the level select menu. You won't lose your progress.

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2 stars. Fun game, but just a knock off of Triple Town. Simpler, Hex based, but they could Easily have done more to put distance between this and TT.

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Last Level

Over 10,000 is not enough to beat the last level.

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silent george August 10, 2014 7:09 PM

Last level is, I believe,

endless. I got to 21,000 and it was still going. The problem, I guess, is that it doesn't really end even after I've run out of space. I have a flower to place, no place to put it, but there's no game-over screen.

But a total addictive blast!

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Sigh - I'm obviously missing something obvious... I cannot seem to get through Level 3 at all....

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Mick James August 14, 2014 9:17 AM

There is a glitch with this game

If you take a diamond out of storage, click on a hex then put it back in storage, you retain the "diamond power" and the diamond

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I wonder if the creator is a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Hence the name Sunnydale.

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