Ever wanted more out of a match-3 puzzle game? Panda Swap from Plug in Digital provides just that. Help a cute little panda and her dragon friend as they travel across China to recover artifacts stolen from their temple. The game description fails to specify who stole the artifacts; it just says they were taken by mischiefs. Players match three or more of the same-colored pieces. This probably sounds familiar to other match-3 puzzle games you’ve played, but there’s a twist. Not only can players swap pieces diagonally, but they can also rotate the whole game board. This is the first game I’ve ever heard of doing something like that. A different perspective can sometimes help beat a level, especially when a level becomes difficult.
Additionally, after finishing levels and earning enough stars, players receive ingredients. They can use ingredients to cook traditional Asian dishes. Some of the ingredients you can collect include rice, tofu and soy sauce. Ingredients are won at random, so it may take some time to make just one dish. Cook three different dishes to earn special rewards like money and extra lives. It’s currently unclear just what the money will be used for. Panda Swap has also been translated into 17 languages such as Arabic, Hindi, Norwegian Bokmål and Portuguese. Not only that, but this title is also adorable fun for anyone of any age.
The game is available now on iOS and Google Play. Look for a review from Hardcore Droid soon.