Smiles is a wonderfully polished Match 3 game by Sykhronics that has been somewhat under the radar since its release in October, 2008. Despite highly positive reviews and even being named a finalist of 2009 IGF's Best Mobile Games, the game has never broken the Top 100 list in the App Store.

The game has also been prasied by our forum members as one of the best Match-3 games in the App Store.

Just purchased Smiles earlier today after all the praise I've heard about it and checking out the video at the dev site. It really is worthy of all the praise, fantastic polish, charming graphics, nice variety of gameplay modes, and incredibly addictive. By far the best of the match 3 games I've played on the iphone, and worth a look even if you are tired of them for the most part. Smiles Zen in particular is a fantastic more puzzlecentric twist on the genre. - stephennn

We've been meaning to cover Smiles at some point and this weekend's (small) sale on Smiles Zen gives us a good excuse.

The original and full version of the game Smiles [App Store, $4.99] is actually composed of two different games: "Zen" and "Drop". The developer has also separated out these into their own individual apps: Smiles Zen [$1.99 (on sale)] and Smiles Drop [$2.99].

Drop is the more traditional version of the game in which items are the items are matched in 3 or more to be eliminated from the board. The remaining tiles fall into place to fill the gaps. Unique to Smiles is the use of large reservoir tile on the bottom of the screen. Instead of swapping two adjacent tiles, you are exchanging a tile on the board with this large tile. The use of this exchange method allows you to create lengthy chains of matches by planning ahead.

Zen is a described as a more "relaxing" puzzle game. While the basic mechanic of the game remains the same (swap tiles, match 3 or more), the end goal is to simply light up the entire board. Matches are no longer removed but stay lit in place.

The developer's gameplay video provides a good overview of the different modes:

A free/lite version of the game [App Store, Free] is available with both Zen and Drop modes to test out, so you can try this "Best Mobile Game" finalist for yourself.

App Store Links: Free Smiles, Free, Smiles, $4.99, Smiles Drop, $2.99, Smiles Zen, $1.99

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  • ho_ho

    Just got the free version of the game and am thoroughly impressed. I was gonna save my money for puzzle quest, but have decided to go with this game. Never been too big a fan of these bejewled games, always thought they were boring, but this game is awesome.

  • ho_ho

    Just got the free version of the game and am thoroughly impressed. I was gonna save my money for puzzle quest, but have decided to go with this game. Never been too big a fan of these bejewled games, always thought they were boring, but this game is awesome.

  • ho_ho

    Just got the free version of the game and am thoroughly impressed. I was gonna save my money for puzzle quest, but have decided to go with this game. Never been too big a fan of these bejewled games, always thought they were boring, but this game is awesome.

  • Ataru Hori

    I bought this back in November & must admit that this is still one of my favourite App's. The game includes great variety for longevity & an amazing amount of polish to impress. I would highly recommend this game! Press purchase now!

  • Ataru Hori

    I bought this back in November & must admit that this is still one of my favourite App's. The game includes great variety for longevity & an amazing amount of polish to impress. I would highly recommend this game! Press purchase now!

  • Ataru Hori

    I bought this back in November & must admit that this is still one of my favourite App's. The game includes great variety for longevity & an amazing amount of polish to impress. I would highly recommend this game! Press purchase now!

  • HerbertKornfeld

    This is by far my favorite game in the App Store. Great to finally see it getting the recognition it deserves here on Touch Arcade.

    There's a built in feature that I kind of hate that keeps track of how much time I've spent with this game. I've had this game since it was first released, and it's getting embarrassing to see how many hours I've sunk into this.

    Great game, though. Best money I've spent in the App Store.

    Buy this.

  • HerbertKornfeld

    This is by far my favorite game in the App Store. Great to finally see it getting the recognition it deserves here on Touch Arcade.

    There's a built in feature that I kind of hate that keeps track of how much time I've spent with this game. I've had this game since it was first released, and it's getting embarrassing to see how many hours I've sunk into this.

    Great game, though. Best money I've spent in the App Store.

    Buy this.

  • HerbertKornfeld

    This is by far my favorite game in the App Store. Great to finally see it getting the recognition it deserves here on Touch Arcade.

    There's a built in feature that I kind of hate that keeps track of how much time I've spent with this game. I've had this game since it was first released, and it's getting embarrassing to see how many hours I've sunk into this.

    Great game, though. Best money I've spent in the App Store.

    Buy this.

  • http://www.taptoplay.de Oliver

    I also reviewed Smiles and rated it 5/5. http://www.taptoplay.de/2009/01/29/smiles/ (German)

    I especially like the polished look, which starts in the menu system, the stats which it creates and the overall gameplay of the Zen variant.

    It is one of the very few match-3-games which give the genre something new, both gameplay-wise and graphically and which is not too easy to play (for example, the puzzle mode of chocchocpop looks nice, but you fell asleep playing it, because it's so easy).

  • http://www.taptoplay.de Oliver

    I also reviewed Smiles and rated it 5/5. http://www.taptoplay.de/2009/01/29/smiles/ (German)

    I especially like the polished look, which starts in the menu system, the stats which it creates and the overall gameplay of the Zen variant.

    It is one of the very few match-3-games which give the genre something new, both gameplay-wise and graphically and which is not too easy to play (for example, the puzzle mode of chocchocpop looks nice, but you fell asleep playing it, because it's so easy).

  • http://www.taptoplay.de Oliver

    I also reviewed Smiles and rated it 5/5. http://www.taptoplay.de/2009/01/29/smiles/ (German)

    I especially like the polished look, which starts in the menu system, the stats which it creates and the overall gameplay of the Zen variant.

    It is one of the very few match-3-games which give the genre something new, both gameplay-wise and graphically and which is not too easy to play (for example, the puzzle mode of chocchocpop looks nice, but you fell asleep playing it, because it's so easy).

  • marc

    i got the $5 full version a few weeks ago, it's great - wife digs it too, undoubtedly because it's so shiny :) i'd like to find more games like this - any tips on other highly polished puzzle games?

    thanks,

    marc

  • marc

    i got the $5 full version a few weeks ago, it's great - wife digs it too, undoubtedly because it's so shiny :) i'd like to find more games like this - any tips on other highly polished puzzle games?

    thanks,

    marc

  • marc

    i got the $5 full version a few weeks ago, it's great - wife digs it too, undoubtedly because it's so shiny :) i'd like to find more games like this - any tips on other highly polished puzzle games?

    thanks,

    marc

  • http://www.taptoplay.de Oliver

    Mouse About, Numba, The Plateau, Alphabetic and Frenzic also have a very polished and shiny look.

  • http://www.taptoplay.de Oliver

    Mouse About, Numba, The Plateau, Alphabetic and Frenzic also have a very polished and shiny look.

  • http://www.taptoplay.de Oliver

    Mouse About, Numba, The Plateau, Alphabetic and Frenzic also have a very polished and shiny look.

  • marc

    thanks oliver,
    we have numba, alphabetic, and frenzic, i'll check out the others. appreciate it.

  • marc

    thanks oliver,
    we have numba, alphabetic, and frenzic, i'll check out the others. appreciate it.

  • marc

    thanks oliver,
    we have numba, alphabetic, and frenzic, i'll check out the others. appreciate it.

  • http://bartig.posterous.com Bartig

    I can't imagine why TouchArcade gives this game so much coverage. Have you ever tried Attraction? Please review the 0,99 cent game - it's by far my favorite and the most polished gem-combiner out there in the iPhone.

    Well okay, along with Bejeweled 2, that is.

  • http://bartig.posterous.com Bartig

    I can't imagine why TouchArcade gives this game so much coverage. Have you ever tried Attraction? Please review the 0,99 cent game - it's by far my favorite and the most polished gem-combiner out there in the iPhone.

    Well okay, along with Bejeweled 2, that is.

  • http://bartig.posterous.com Bartig

    I can't imagine why TouchArcade gives this game so much coverage. Have you ever tried Attraction? Please review the 0,99 cent game - it's by far my favorite and the most polished gem-combiner out there in the iPhone.

    Well okay, along with Bejeweled 2, that is.

  • marc

    @bartig

    i hadn't heard of it, but i gave the lite version a whirl. nice astropop clone- colorful. controls are a tad awkward for me but thanks for the tip.

  • marc

    @bartig

    i hadn't heard of it, but i gave the lite version a whirl. nice astropop clone- colorful. controls are a tad awkward for me but thanks for the tip.

  • marc

    @bartig

    i hadn't heard of it, but i gave the lite version a whirl. nice astropop clone- colorful. controls are a tad awkward for me but thanks for the tip.

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  • Jake

    wierd question

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  • Jake

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