Flowerz is port of the popular MSN Game of the same name. It is essentially a match-three puzzler with a few twists to liven up proceedings. Unlike Bejeweled there is no timer, but the increasing complexity of the flowers, which come in an array of colours while some switch colour after being matched, means that it progressively becomes more difficult than your standard match-three game.
It’s a premise that has a classic simplicity for beginners while providing a certain amount of fiendishness for more experienced players. That said, while it’s an enjoyable game to dip in and out of it does have the feel of an average title elevated by the presence of achievements.
Speaking of which, the achievements are pretty varied and tend to avoid too many needless ‘grinds’. They encourage you to play through both Expert and Standard modes so you’ll experience what the game has to offer, and while a few are the sort of irrelevant ones you’ll pick up without thinking about it, e.g. use 100 of item A, the main ones require some real skill to unlock.
The only warning I’d give is that if you get bored after repeated plays you may be left with an outstanding achievement that needs a total cumulative score of 250,000. A high score comes in around 6-7,000 so while it’s not unattainable by any means, it will take a while. Also worth knowing is that the game occasionally gets a bug whereby your score will not be tracked cumulatively, so you will have to reinstall the title and start again when this happens.
The fact you do not know what your cumulative score is means you may not even realise this has happened until you’re sure you’ve passed the threshold that pops the achievement, e.g. 100,000 or 250,000. With this in mind, you may want to keep a spreadsheet to track your scores on so you know the game is working properly. One sign of it resetting your progress is if it crashes midway through a game and when you turn it back on your game has been wiped and you have to start a new one.
This one bug aside it is a solid, if not spectacular game and the ability to dip in for ten minutes and pick it up again later means you can work on Flowerz over the long haul.
You can download Flowerz for free from the Windows Phone marketplace here.