Hudson has released Puzzloop [App Store], a circular puzzle game for the iPhone through the iTunes App Store.

PuzzLoop is the original "match-three-of-a-kind" circular puzzler released in 1998 that spawned numerous clones including the popular multi-platform Luxor.  As the YouTube video demonstrates, the game is simple.  The player controls a turrett in the middle of the screen that is surrounded by an inward-spiraling track on which a string of balls of varying colors close in on the aforementioned turrett.  The objective: fire colored balls at the incoming string of balls in order to create groups of three or more that eliminate upon contact.  The iPhone version is a solid translation that feels particularly polished.

Puzzloop offers both a Stage Mode, which breaks the gameplay into distinct stages, and an Endless Mode that provides more of a continuous play session.  In addition to balls of various colors, certain artifacts appear in the game that help or hinder the player, such as slow (slows the flow of balls), stop (temporarily stops the flow of balls), bomb (destroys in-proximity balls), and bats (which changes ball state).

The game features a nice touch that we wish all iPhone games offered: online score tracking.  A great motivator to keep coming back.

PuzzLoop for iPhone utilizes touchscreen controls and provides a satisfying pick-up puzzle gaming experience and can be downloaded from the App Store for $7.99.

Game Details
Name: Puzzloop (v1.00) Price: 7.99 [Buy]
Developer: Hudson Size: 7.0MB
In Brief: Puzzloop is an iPhone port of the original, "match-the-balls" spherical puzzler.  The iPhone translation is polished and provides solid gameplay.

TouchArcade Rating

  • A. Smith

    Does it have a colorblind mode?

  • A. Smith

    Does it have a colorblind mode?

  • http://www.blakespot.com blakespot

    There is no colorblind mode in this version, unfortunately.

  • http://www.blakespot.com blakespot

    There is no colorblind mode in this version, unfortunately.

  • http://www.chucksmith.de Chuck Smith

    Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. I love the original Puzzloop, but I can't play past around Stage 4, because I'm colorblind. :( My girlfriend, however, loves this game, but would only pay $4 for it and she says the background is too colorful (distracting). So, if it goes on sale, let me know. :)

  • http://www.chucksmith.de Chuck Smith

    Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. I love the original Puzzloop, but I can't play past around Stage 4, because I'm colorblind. :( My girlfriend, however, loves this game, but would only pay $4 for it and she says the background is too colorful (distracting). So, if it goes on sale, let me know. :)

  • bud

    How is the difficulty? Is it too simple? It looks like for this iphone game you just press your finger down where you want to shoot which takes away from the difficultly you have to deal with on other platforms, ie, waiting for the shooter to rotate and then being accurate.

  • bud

    How is the difficulty? Is it too simple? It looks like for this iphone game you just press your finger down where you want to shoot which takes away from the difficultly you have to deal with on other platforms, ie, waiting for the shooter to rotate and then being accurate.

  • http://www.blakespot.com blakespot

    @bud: It starts out pretty simple, even on "hard" mode, but in just a few minutes I was done in on my commute home this evening. And I'm not totally lacking in skillz. :-)

  • http://www.blakespot.com blakespot

    @bud: It starts out pretty simple, even on "hard" mode, but in just a few minutes I was done in on my commute home this evening. And I'm not totally lacking in skillz. :-)

  • ljun

    You shouldn't aim from the outside of the circle, too easy to aim .... no skill involved :X

  • ljun

    You shouldn't aim from the outside of the circle, too easy to aim .... no skill involved :X

  • Korb

    Looks like Zuma, except for that its not Zuma. I'm waiting for some more Popcap games..

  • Korb

    Looks like Zuma, except for that its not Zuma. I'm waiting for some more Popcap games..