Being a heroic adventurer isn't the glamorous lifestyle it's made out to be. Carrying all those items is a drag, you have to camp out even when it's pouring rain, monsters are always trying to murder you, you rarely get a chance to do laundry so you end up wearing the same underwear for weeks on end...it's actually a pretty tough life. Thankfully we have games like Samegame Fighter, a new puzzler from Mamono Sweeper creators Hojamaka Games, to keep our rose-tinted glasses firmly attached to our noses when it comes to the adventuring lifestyle. Samegame Fighter cuts out all the nasty parts of adventuring (and most of the other parts, for that matter) and distills battling monsters to a matching game similar to Puzzle Quest or Dungeon Raid.
Just click on an icon to collect it and all similar icons adjacent to it. Different icons do different things. Swords and axes both deal damage to the enemy. Shields reduce enemy damage by a value equal to how many shields you match for three turns. Potions restore health or grant a bonus to max health if you grab them while topped off. Finally, purple orbs boost your attack damage on your next turn. This might sound simple, but there's actually a fair amount of strategy involved; some enemies, for instance, ignore defense with their attacks so you'll need to focus on dealing damage as quickly as possible before they overcome you. Other monsters have powerful defenses themselves so you'll need to collect orbs before attacking to make significant progress.
All of this is brought together in an appealing retro style, though I would suggest you turn your speakers down before playing as the sound effects can be grating. The battles get fairly tough as you proceed and there's a certain element of luck involved in the game, but generally there's a strategy to follow in each fight that will lead you to victory and the key is figuring that out. Samegame Fighter is a solid choice for those of us who'd love to be heroes but enjoy changing our underwear regularly.