AppIconScurvy Scallywags is an enormous breath of fresh air if you've been spending a bunch of time with the current generation of match-3 games. You know, the kind that ask for real money in exchange for power-ups constantly? Yeah, those. Scurvy, quite refreshingly, is a real puzzle game that tasks you with matching like items. It's not gross. In fact, it is pretty charming. From the art, to the character and sound design, all the way to its power-ups, it's a pretty inviting game that has cheeriness and style to share. Also, pirates. And skeletons.

If I had to compare Scurvy to anything, I'd throw Puzzle Quest out there. In Scurvy, you control a pirate avatar on a quest that'll see him visit several island and solve a lot of match-3 puzzles. Unlike Quest, your character and the enemies are a part of the puzzle. You make matches to force them into a fight.

If that's confusing, check out our video. I think it does a good expressing how to play, as well as what to expect. Though, admittedly, Eli and I were having problems wrapping our heads around the game's collapse mechanic:

The thing I find myself digging the most about this one is just its... old-school kind of style. I grew up on SCUMM and Sierra On-Line games, so I melt whenever a title takes cues from them.

It's kinda odd that Scurvy hasn't hit the NZ store just yet since it's supposed to hit later tonight in the US at 11PM EST. We'll add a link when if it pops up or update this story if we get confirmation that it's not coming. Either way, if you add the game to your Watch List via our app, you'll know what's up.

UPDATE: it's up in the NZ store now. Yay!

International App Store Link: Scurvy Scallywags, $.99 (Universal)

  • Bool Zero

    Cool! Thanks for those hands on Brad! I was wondering about this one and this has pushed me over to the buy line!

    Any word on whether or not Quadropus Rampage comes out tonight either?

  • mgarz

    It is out in New Zealand, downloading now.

    • metalcasket

      Link please?

  • metalcasket
  • http://www.silentrocco.com/ Silent Rocco

    Nice, always in for a GOOD match-3. This looks fresh.

  • TheFrost

    Thanks for putting this on my radar

  • ImJPaul

    This and Kingdom Rush and that's it? Really excited for these 2 but dang. People hating on June 6th.

  • marc0313

    Why are there barely any coming tonights?

  • garret44

    Out now?? Coming tonight??

  • Anthony

    Hey, I think I figured it out.
    The movement of the board has to do with where the moved piece was and the shape of your completed match. A vertical match will move the board left or right and a horizontal match will move the board up or down. Moving a piece DOWN to make a HORIZONTAL match will give you your traditional drop DOWN.
    2:01 is a good example of two different consecutive horizontal matches.

    • cameron331

      The game tells you that the drop follows the direction of your swipe. So if you swipe left to make a match, the board will move new pieces in from the left. If you swipe down, the board will move down.

  • the fish

    This and kingdom rush and still I have to play state of decay on my box. Kind of sad I can't play all of them...at the same time. I have only two hands :(

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    I firmly believe that scurvy Scallywags game fans would be delighted

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    Nice. downloading now.

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    This is very good, hope to be able to develop more stable in this regard.

  • http://www.ebog.me/ Ebog

    This game is so cute. I love it. I will play it a hard time

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    This is very good, hope to be able to develop more stable

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    A good, like!