Anyone remember Meteos? If you think back on that DS classic fondly, you might want to check out Mini Meteors [$2.99], a new iPad-only release. I'll just say that you'll find a few similarities between the two.

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, let me elaborate. Mini Meteors is a fast-moving match 3–style puzzle game. Unlike your traditional match-3, you can only move blocks up or down. The lines you create can be vertical or horizontal, but you can't move blocks side to side.

The blocks rain down from the top of the field like falling meteors, and you need to move quickly to clear them before they fill up a column. Matching three or more blocks of the same color launches them upwards, along with every block above that match, and anything that flies off the top of the field is cleared. If you're feeling really good about your skills, you can speed up the falling blocks, but be careful—leave your columns at the top of the field without being launched and you'll lose.

Mini Meteors has two modes: Classic Mode and Mission Mode. In Classic mode, you keep playing until you die, and the game gets harder the longer you survive. Mission Mode mixes things up a bit. You'll need to defend the planets in our solar system (including Pluto!) for 2, 3 or 5 minutes. Some planets have more gravity, so matched blocks launch slowly or have less lift. Others get hit with faster meteors. Generally, each planet is harder to protect than the last.

Mission mode also introduces items that can be collected for Game Center achievements. I'm not sure why you find a stick, leaves and a wood house on Jupiter, but they give you bonus points and you'll need to collect all of them to fill out the achievement list. Each planet also has its own background image and soundtrack.

That's not quite enough variety, though. Each level feels a bit different, but you need to beat its 2, 3 and 5 minute versions to progress. When you finally move on, you'll find a level that looks pretty much like the one you just left. It seems like a bit more could be done with creative block designs. That could also help offset the lack of a colorblind mode, something a few members of our forums have requested. A few achievements that aren't just "collect X" would also be nice.

Mini Meteors isn't the most elegant or original game I've played, but it is a good take on gameplay that I haven't seen before on iOS. It's colorful and fun, and I  foresee some great competition on the planetary leaderboards once a few more players pick it up. I wouldn't hold my breath for an iPhone version—the touch controls are precise with the screen real estate of the iPad, but they'd probably be a nightmare on the iPhone without a stylus. But if you're in the market for something a little different than the average match-3 on iPad, you should definitely take a look.

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  • Marl0

    It's really hard for me to condone stuff like this. This is way too shameless of a rip off of Meteos. Frankly, it should be pulled from the app store.

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  • Anonymous

    Rip-off of Meteos? Yes. Do I want it on iPhone? Of course.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly! I would never be dedicated to a game company as to be upset over the i-device getting a clone of a game that's on another major system.   What have these big game corps done for you besides making millions from you? Oh, that's right, when you get angry that one of their big games appears on an i-device, they automatically send you ten free games in the mail.   Let the companies battle it out, I get to play a Meteos clone on my i-device at 1/10th the price, and after that, more time with Order and Chaos, another rip off game which has been stealing many hours of our time.

      • Marl0

        Since when is Q Entertainment a big game corporation? It's anything but. It might have helped if you had actually done some research on the developer of Meteos before making this rather broken argument.

      • Anonymous

        Or perhaps you are the one who needs to do some further research. I was referring to Nintendo (as I'm sure most figured out) who distributes Meteos, not the developer, Q Entertainment,  who by the way, aren't exactly some small unheard of iphone developer either.

      • http://www.insignificantthoughts.com Vinny

        Actually, Nintendo doesn't distribute Meteos; Bandai does.

      • Anonymous

        Vinny - Bandai is the Japanese distributor, Nintendo distributes the US version.

  • Stphkhr

    Sometimes, looking at all this copycat business, iOs gaming gets a stale aftertaste...

  • Stphkhr

    Sometimes, looking at all this copycat business, iOs gaming gets a stale aftertaste...

  • Stphkhr

    Sometimes, looking at all this copycat business, iOs gaming gets a stale aftertaste...

  • http://twitter.com/SPeitsch Sebastian Peitsch

    I think the best reason not to buy this is that they don't even get "Meteor" right in one of their own promo-pics... that's just ridiculous.

  • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Phil Baxter

    Ah plagiarism, what a shabby affair you are. My philosophy has always been this - if you can't do something original, don't do anything at all.  

    • http://morereasonsyoushouldntfuckkids.tumblr.com Chungyen Chang

      torchlight copied diablo.
      titan quest copied diablo.
      tons of action mmo games copied diablo or WoW.

      Starcraft copied Command and Conquer.

      Tiny Wings copied Wavespark.

      Every solitaire game in the world is a copy.

      Halo copied Unreal Tournament copied Quake copied Doom copied Wolfenstein.

      sorry, there's no such thing as originality. except for maybe Katamari Damacy. if the dev makes real improvements, or even a decent product, they get my cash.

  • Deamon34

    Seems more companies are unfortunately following Gamelofts way of making games. With that out of the way, Meteos clone hooray!!!!

  • Nardo, of the Fith Galaxy

    Oh I didn't realize that the original Meteos was announced for the IOS....What? It isn't? Oh, so this is the only way to play it on my Ipad.....sounds good to me. I mean, come on everyone, 70% of the Appstore is a clone of something or another.

    I do have this for my DS. However this will be nice to play on my Ipad.

    But go ahead and complain about it, and I will continue to play the Clone version until the official version rears its head.....which...what? It's not due to come out? Oh, ok, I guess this will have to do.

    ;

    • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Phil Baxter

      Just because you can't afford a Gucci handbag doesn't mean it's okay to buy a cheap copy from a street vendor.

      Theft is theft. It's never excusable.

      • Mrsmartiepants

        You're right theft is theft - the very statement points out that theft may only be defined by the true definiton of theft and not any other bullshit you're trying to fit into the clearly-defined-concept that we have. Buying a knockoff handbag isn't theft though. Murder is murder would be just an accurate of a statement to tag on to your post - it's unrelated. As to the top half of your post, whether or not something is okay, a moral judgement, has nothing to do with what's legal, and especially not with theft.

        I'd also like to point out your bullshit "it's never excusable." What about if you're about to die and the antidote is three feet from you, but you can't afford it, and the seller doesn't care about your plight. Is property ownership a more powerful concept than helping to save a life? If exceptions can be made, then words like "never," a word included by you to add more authority to your statement, really have no place.

      • Anonymous

        There's definitely no theft here...

      • http://www.insignificantthoughts.com Vinny

        Theft could probably be loosely defined as "Bandai released Meteos for the iPad and people bought the knockoff anyway."  Theft cannot be defined as "Bandai has not released and will not release Meteos for anything but the DS and anything like it being purchased is theft."  Bandai loses nothing by me buying Mini Meteors because I had no intention of buying another DS and another copy of Meteos after selling mine a few years ago.

        Not every sale to a "copycat" product is a lost sale.

      • Nardo, of the Fifth Galaxy

        Exactly Vinny,

        If they release an official version. Awesome, I'm all over it. But since they aren't going to anytime soon, this will do.

  • Julia Lily

    wow! i like the game!

  • ray

    Aha! So cool it is !like it very much.

  • Weicheng

    Pretty cool! I like it.

  • Anonymous

    this review makes me want to bust out my ds and play Meteos again. Loved that game!

  • Fly_sh

    I like this game! amusing light and shadow effect! Worse trying!

  • touchPad

     This game is interesting!

  • Wateryjl

    great have a try i love nds games 

  • Wateryjl

    great have a try i love nds games 

  • Wateryjl

    great have a try i love nds games 

  • Wateryjl

    great have a try i love nds games 

  • Wateryjl

    great have a try i love nds games 

  • Wateryjl

    great have a try i love nds games 

  • Wateryjl

    great have a try i love nds games 

  • Wateryjl

    great have a try i love nds games 

  • http://twitter.com/coolpowers Simon Windmill

    The fact that the original Meteos very quickly went out of print somewhat mitigates the "dastardliness" of making a clone, in my mind.

    You know what's really funny? Guess who had the rights to (and did) make a mobile phone version?

    Gameloft.

    • Nardo, of the Fith Galaxy

      Hmm, Interesting didn't' know that, so Im sure a true version is on its way..then again...probably not, however, Gameloft is too busy raking in 1 mil. for Order and Chaos....another clone of a small unknown game called WOW I think?....lol. ...

    • Nardo, of the Fith Galaxy

      Hmm, Interesting didn't' know that, so Im sure a true version is on its way..then again...probably not, however, Gameloft is too busy raking in 1 mil. for Order and Chaos....another clone of a small unknown game called WOW I think?....lol. ...

Mini Meteors Reviewed by Nissa Campbell on . Rating: 3.5