494977_4Schiau Studios' matching puzzler Alchemize has been generating interest since it's release back in August. While initially priced at $9.99, the game has since seen progressive discounts and is now sitting at $0.99 ahead of a 1.1 version update.

While the game resembles a Match-3 puzzler, the gameplay actually revolves around a progressive discovery of new elements. The game starts with two kinds of elements (yellow and green bottles). The green bottles when combined form a yellow bottle. The yellow bottles when combined form a new element altogether - a red bottle. Match 3 red bottles and you get purple bottle, and so on.

The goal of the game is to progressively unlock more elements until you reach the ultimate one... gold. There are 25 elements in all and the progressive unlocks add a nice strategic twist to the match 3 genre. The game offers a nice long term goal-directed challenge rather than the usual mindless mechanic of many other matching games.

The game contains a global high score list and currently a single game mode as described above. The pending 1.1 update will offer two modes including Action and Avalanche.

App Store Link: Alchemize, $0.99

  • Kita

    I'm going to pass on this one. I've already bought at least 10 of these types of games and the ones I keep going back to are Treasures of Montezuma and Azkend. This one doesn't look as near good and exciting as those 2 games but at least they got the price point down from 5 dollars. for 5 dollars a game has to be really good (since there are other competing apps) but 99 cents is a good impulse buy and very little risk.

  • Kita

    I'm going to pass on this one. I've already bought at least 10 of these types of games and the ones I keep going back to are Treasures of Montezuma and Azkend. This one doesn't look as near good and exciting as those 2 games but at least they got the price point down from 5 dollars. for 5 dollars a game has to be really good (since there are other competing apps) but 99 cents is a good impulse buy and very little risk.

  • http://www.hotcat.org Chris Knight

    Is it colorblind-friendly? Most matching games are impossible for me, particularly if they use a blue and a purple although many with a green and yellow also cause me trouble. If the shapes are significantly distinct, all is good.

    • Skywalker

      I'd say the shapes are significantly distinct but you can check it out on flickr there are a lot of screen shots, check the game webpage alchemize.schiaustudios.com

    • Ahiru

      dude, i suffer from the same thing... purple/blue and orange/green... i like when they add "shapes" to match-3 games, i hate when they all look alike..

  • http://www.hotcat.org Chris Knight

    Is it colorblind-friendly? Most matching games are impossible for me, particularly if they use a blue and a purple although many with a green and yellow also cause me trouble. If the shapes are significantly distinct, all is good.

    • Skywalker

      I'd say the shapes are significantly distinct but you can check it out on flickr there are a lot of screen shots, check the game webpage alchemize.schiaustudios.com

    • Ahiru

      dude, i suffer from the same thing... purple/blue and orange/green... i like when they add "shapes" to match-3 games, i hate when they all look alike..

  • BorneBo

    cool game... thanks TA for pointing it out to us

  • BorneBo

    cool game... thanks TA for pointing it out to us

  • Medic8er

    I have this game and it's completely worth the $.99 price point right now. It's not your average matching puzzler and is incredibly well done.

  • Medic8er

    I have this game and it's completely worth the $.99 price point right now. It's not your average matching puzzler and is incredibly well done.

  • Sam

    Perfect game for girls like me

  • Sam

    Perfect game for girls like me

  • GlassJoe

    I purchased the game on my OS 2.x Ipod Touch 2G. I had a good time with it and thought it could make a great game. I couldn't really enjoy it fully because of some colored geometric shapes that would appear on my screen, on top of my items. It really slowed down the game as these accumulated and, as the pixels piled up, it became and exercise in memory as well.
    I think it'd be a a good game if fixed, but unfortunately I couldn't really get into it.

    • BorneBo

      I also got a touch 2g but with os 2.2.1... it works great for me. Sorry to hear that... I had a problem with my last touch at different games.... It got hotter and appeared different shapes on the screen also... but went back to the apple store and change it... no more problems for me.

  • GlassJoe

    I purchased the game on my OS 2.x Ipod Touch 2G. I had a good time with it and thought it could make a great game. I couldn't really enjoy it fully because of some colored geometric shapes that would appear on my screen, on top of my items. It really slowed down the game as these accumulated and, as the pixels piled up, it became and exercise in memory as well.
    I think it'd be a a good game if fixed, but unfortunately I couldn't really get into it.

    • BorneBo

      I also got a touch 2g but with os 2.2.1... it works great for me. Sorry to hear that... I had a problem with my last touch at different games.... It got hotter and appeared different shapes on the screen also... but went back to the apple store and change it... no more problems for me.

  • Veronique

    Indeed a very professional game. I don't know if I got addicted by the artwork or by the gameplay but I keep playing it.

  • Veronique

    Indeed a very professional game. I don't know if I got addicted by the artwork or by the gameplay but I keep playing it.

  • uzbeky

    very unique game.... i got tired of bejeweled. i recommand this to puzzler fans... ★★★★★ from my part

  • uzbeky

    very unique game.... i got tired of bejeweled. i recommand this to puzzler fans... ★★★★★ from my part

  • cosmat

    what a game!!! love it

  • cosmat

    what a game!!! love it

  • Veronique

    I already said that this game is outstanding but now the updated version is so much better. I'd pay more if I could! You did a very good job, keep it up!

  • Veronique

    I already said that this game is outstanding but now the updated version is so much better. I'd pay more if I could! You did a very good job, keep it up!

  • cosmat

    outstanding!!!!! outstanding!!!!!

  • cosmat

    outstanding!!!!! outstanding!!!!!