731384From the makers of Dizzy Bee and Bed Bugs comes Flipside [$2.99], a remarkably fun and original matching game.

Flipside presents you with a board of two-sided tiles. Each tile has a shape on each side (star, heart, diamond, circle, and X). Your goal is to match 3 or more tiles of the same shape.

It all seems pretty straight-forward until you realize you get penalized if you match tiles on the back-side of the tiles. Even more mind-blowing is that in versus mode, your opponent is playing on the back-side of your board, and you are each trying to get matches on your respective sides.

Flipside offers 4 different game modes including Survival, Puzzle, Vs. Com and Peer-to-Peer. Survival offers 20 levels of progressively faster paced gameplay where you try to prevent the screen from overflowing by matching as fast as you can. In this mode, back-side matches result in a shower of penalty tiles that brings the board closer to filling. Survival mode starts quite slow but starts ramping up around level 8. Fortunately, the game allows you to start at any previously unlocked level, so you can get straight away into the action again. Meanwhile, Puzzle mode offers a familiar challenge of trying to clear all the blocks from pre-set boards by strategically flipping the correct pieces to create front-side matches.

IMG_0014The game, however, really shines in Vs. mode. The game offers 5 different AI opponents at 5 different difficulties that can be played in a set of rounds. Each player is given a match meter which grows as you make more matches. The first player to fill their meter, wins the round.

Remember, you are playing on the same board of tiles, just on different sides, so every move affects the other player. If you are fortunate enough to have a friend with an iPhone, you can play against them head to head over Bluetooth.

The main deficiency in the game is the lack of any high score mechanism or even what one might consider a more traditional "endless" mode. The game progress is primarily determined by the progressively harder unlockable levels and there appears to be no high score records, either local or global. As well, the game does not save state when you quit so you'll lose progress if you do.

For a brand new puzzle game, the mechanic works remarkably well. Aside from the silhouettes of the back-side shapes, each tile is also conveniently color coded to also reflect the back-side shape. I found that it took very little time to become comfortable with scanning the titles.

Flipside is a fresh new matching concept that has been incredibly well executed, however, the lack of high score record keeping and non-traditional level progression may be an issue for some.

App Store Link: Flipside, $2.99

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  • http://www.fdg-entertainment.com Future777

    This is a great game concept! Congrats Igloo team! :)

  • http://www.fdg-entertainment.com Future777

    This is a great game concept! Congrats Igloo team! :)

  • dlau

    I am puzzle game lover and thought it was a gem after seeing the video. In fact, the game is quite boring and no fun at all. Just wasted $3. I hope the VS mode will at least give me some fun when playing it with friends...

  • dlau

    I am puzzle game lover and thought it was a gem after seeing the video. In fact, the game is quite boring and no fun at all. Just wasted $3. I hope the VS mode will at least give me some fun when playing it with friends...

  • Mark

    I wonder how many less sales are made when the game emphasis is on Vs / P2P? Games such as this are a miss for me after all 50% of the game will not be playable.

    • Greg K

      Strange... I was under the impression that you could play vs. against a computer opponent? Is it only against another Ipod/Iphone? If it is, then I agree with you Mark...

      • MartiNZ

        You can play against the computer - 5 different characters each with 5 levels to unlock, wherein the quota to win rises from 25 to 200 and the difficulty rises from reasonably easy to downright impossible in normal gameplay; by which I mean, pausing the game to think about each move makes it just almost impossible, and without that, you'd need superhuman reflexes in my opinion. Fun though, just one more level to unlock for me and then I can get into really having fun .. and hopefully soon get into a bit of bluetooth play.

  • Mark

    I wonder how many less sales are made when the game emphasis is on Vs / P2P? Games such as this are a miss for me after all 50% of the game will not be playable.

    • Greg K

      Strange... I was under the impression that you could play vs. against a computer opponent? Is it only against another Ipod/Iphone? If it is, then I agree with you Mark...

      • MartiNZ

        You can play against the computer - 5 different characters each with 5 levels to unlock, wherein the quota to win rises from 25 to 200 and the difficulty rises from reasonably easy to downright impossible in normal gameplay; by which I mean, pausing the game to think about each move makes it just almost impossible, and without that, you'd need superhuman reflexes in my opinion. Fun though, just one more level to unlock for me and then I can get into really having fun .. and hopefully soon get into a bit of bluetooth play.

  • http://iphoneapps-review.com Donna

    I really like these kind of games - it will be fun to play against my daughter. It looks challenging enough to keep us entertained while we are on the ferry.

  • http://iphoneapps-review.com Donna

    I really like these kind of games - it will be fun to play against my daughter. It looks challenging enough to keep us entertained while we are on the ferry.

  • Josh

    This game looks like it would drive me insane.

  • Josh

    This game looks like it would drive me insane.

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