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One of 2012's absolute best iOS releases, Luca Redwood's 10000000 [$2.99] has just been given a much needed update adding widescreen support (yay!), Game Center achievements and new Ace Levels. If you missed it previously, 10000000 is a matching game with built-in combat and RPG mechanics, not totally unlike Puzzle Quest or Dungeon Raid. The hook here is that you're constantly under a time constraint, so you need to be making the right kind of matches for whatever your current obstacle is (fighting an enemy, unlocking a door, etc.) with the clock ticking down in your face. It puts a certain sense of panic into the gameplay, but not in a bad way. In fact, it's exhilarating when you know time is just about to run out and you happen to make the most perfect match ever, propelling you forward and continuing your run when you were sure you were toast.

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We loved 10000000 in our original review, and these new features are certainly welcome. However, as the update notes, "This isn't the big thing" which is referring to Luca's current project You Must Build a Boat which was just unveiled earlier this week. You Must Build a Boat actually started as an update to 10000000, but has grown so much that it's now its own game, which will hopefully release sometime this year. In the meantime, if you haven't played 10000000 before, it's currently on sale for 99¢ and comes with the absolute highest recommendation. If you've played 10000000 to death already, now's a great time to pick it up again, as it's just as fun the second, third, or even twentieth time through. No matter what the case may be, playing 10000000 is something you should be doing right this very second.

  • Amenbrother

    Cant wait to get back into this!

  • TurboRuhland

    Sounds like a good enough reason to get back into this. The only issue I had with the original was that the progression was really done once you got your 10,000,000.

    • Themostunclean

      I know. Although it was nice to have a puzzle/runner game that had a definitive goal where you could actually "win" instead of it just going on forever until you got bored.

  • seinfeld95

    Now I can finally enjoy it full-screen! :D

  • Ignacio

    Absolutely killer game, but as it was pointed out, it's got zero replay value once you reach 10,000,000. Still, If I didn't had my hands full with the amazing Threes, I'd give it a new try.

  • Themostunclean

    What's funny is that I reinstalled this the other day on a whim. Then all of a sudden there was a deluge of news about it.

    I must be subconsciously controlling the universe, that's the only logical explanation.

    • VibrantMidwest

      Actually there's this, like, lattice of coincidence that lies on top of everything. Suppose you're thinking about a plate o' shrimp. Suddenly someone'll say "plate", or "shrimp", or "plate of shrimp" out of the blue, no explanation. No point in looking for one, either... It's all part of the cosmic unconciousness.

      • Themostunclean

        The far simpler explanation is that I'm a God ;-)

  • RSA586

    Can someone explain the ace levels? What did they actually add, all I see is a number in the settings menu with no in-game explanation.

    • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

      Ace Level is sort of like a New Game+. Once you've beaten the game, if you reset the progress to do it all over again, your Ace Level will go up by one and the next run through the game will be more difficult. You can keep doing this and upping your Ace Level, and it will be one of the things that gets imported in his new game You Must Build a Boat. (This is all according to info Luca sent me in an email.)

      So, it's like a reason to play through the game over and over, something the previous version was lacking. Pretty cool.

      • Professionalbum

        It's a shame I deleted the game; so there goes at least one ace level wasted lol

      • RSA586

        Thanks for the reply Jared, it wasn't explained in game and I kept looking for a new option but never would've thought to reset.

  • Wizard_Mike

    Nice! Redownloading now. Time for my third play-through!

  • Chq

    I won't install it again, because i was very disappointed when i bought it. It's so stressy.

  • Ahiru Nakamura

    awesome! been waiting for the achievements to start playing it!!!

  • Nycteris

    I am baffled about how anyone aye this on PC with mouse and keyboard- great swipe mechanics on touchscreen!

    • Nycteris

      Oh autocorrect .. "Aye" = "plays"

  • araczynski

    i found the time pressure thing to be annoying as frack, couldn't stand the game for long.

    gods forbid we get the option to turn that crap off and get to enjoy the game our own way.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      O_O

  • Ramaz1234

    Picked this up and loving it!

  • Coachflaps

    Sweet, reinstalling this now.