TouchArcade Game of the Week: ‘High Rise – A Puzzle Cityscape’


The concept behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that each Friday afternoon we submit the one sport that got here out this week that we predict is value giving a particular nod to. Now, earlier than anybody goes over-thinking this, it doesn’t essentially imply our Sport of the Week decide is the very best scoring sport in a evaluation, the sport with one of the best graphics, or actually some other quantifiable “greatest” factor. As a substitute, it’s extra simply us choosing out the only sport out of the week’s releases that we predict is probably the most noteworthy, shocking, fascinating, or actually some other laborious to explain high quality that makes it value having in case you had been simply going to select up one.

These picks is likely to be controversial, and that’s OK. In case you disagree with what we’ve chosen, let’s attempt to use the feedback of those articles to have conversations about what sport is your sport of the week and why.

With out additional ado…


Excessive Rise – A Puzzle Cityscape

A few of the perfect video games on cell straddle the wonderful line between being comprehensible from only a transient look however complicated sufficient to all the time have one thing extra to grasp. One of many prime examples of this might be Threes!, a sport that’s merely about combining numbers however one which appears like it might by no means get outdated. That was additionally the sport that instantly jumped into my thoughts once I performed Excessive Rise – A Puzzle Cityscape (Free) from developer Florian Grolig of smpl video games, a 3D matching and merging sport that’s deceptively easy on the floor however is way more than it seems.

For being such a easy sport, Excessive Rise is definitely type of difficult to elucidate. You could have a 5×5 grid and every sq. on the grid is the place you possibly can place a block of various colours. By way of a handful of various guidelines the blocks that you simply place which are of matching colour and sizes to the blocks on the board can then merge collectively, forming a taller block. As this goes on the blocks get even taller and switch into extra elaborate skyscrapers, and by the tip of a sport you’ve gotten constructed a tiny little metropolis stuffed with buildings.

The constructing aesthetic is cute, however its the gameplay in Excessive Rise that’s the star of the present. I gained’t undergo each single rule round how blocks will be matched and merged, however the sport’s tutorial does a incredible job at introducing you to all you should know to get began, and you then’ll study a fantastic deal simply by taking part in video games your self. Like Threes!, there may be all types of potential in Excessive Rise to drag off some extremely elaborate combos and likewise get your self out of what appeared like unwinnable conditions, and I can’t overstate simply how satisfying that’s.

Excessive Rise performs in portrait mode, and you’ll swipe and tilt your metropolis round along with your thumb to get one of the best view and see the place blocks are in a position to be positioned. It’s the kind of sport that’s in some way simply enjoyable to control as you take a look at your rising metropolis from totally different angles. It’s additionally the proper sport to bust out to kill a minute or two, or actually sit down with and spend some critical time on. I simply find it irresistible to items, as do the players in our forums. Excessive Rise – A Puzzle Cityscape is free with advertisements with a easy one-time ad-removal IAP for 99¢, which is a downright criminally low-cost asking worth, so there’s no excuse to not test it out for your self proper this minute.