Best Fiends Review

Who Made Best Fiends?

Best Fiends is one of two games from Seriously. Both games have the fiends as main characters. These are a group of cute critters who battle against slugs.

Review Information

I have played Best Fiends on Facebook, and I have also downloaded the game on my Chromebook and LG V20 smartphone. I mostly play the game on my smartphone now. I have played the game for over two years. I am very familiar with how to play this game.

What Kind of Game Is Best Fiends?

Best Fiends is a linking puzzle game. You slide your finger across the screen to link same color puzzle pieces to complete objectives. I would also consider this game a match three game. You need to match three puzzle pieces to solve puzzles.

Best Fiends Level

How Do You Play Best Fiends?

Best Fiends has three main objectives.

  1. Solve puzzles
  2. Complete quests and events
  3. Upgrade fiends

The core gameplay is solving all the puzzles on the world map. You can also complete events and quests to help in upgrading your fiends. You need to upgrade fiends to beat harder levels and to progress in the game.

Review Scores

Gameplay

What Are the Puzzles Like?

This game has nice puzzles, and everything works great. Some levels are harder than the rest, but this always happens in match three games.

Upgrading Fiends

You collect three materials to upgrade the fiends.

  • Yellow Meteormites
  • Blue Meteormites
  • Diamonds

As you level up Fiends, they do more damage. After five levels their powerups get stronger as well. They also change appearance and start to evolve into more mature forms.

Best Fiends Jojo

Leveling up the Fiends Takes a Long Time

The game does start to feel grindy as leveling up the Fiends takes time but nothing too crazy, but don’t expect to have max level fiends in any time soon.

Unlocking New Fiends

As you play the game, you unlock new Fiends. There are some very rare Fiends that you can buy with in-game currency. You do not need special friends to beat the game. They would make some levels quite easier though.

Best Fiends New Fiend

Each Fiend has a powerup you active by matching so many puzzle pieces. Some levels need you to use these powerups to beat them. I enjoy this challenge as it takes a bit of strategy to plan things out.

In Game Events

Weekly Events

This game has weekly events on every day of the week. These optional events get you more materials needed to upgrade Fiends. These events feel designed to be very time-consuming. Getting the best reward often required me to play a long period of time.

Best Fiends Daily Events

Seasonal Events

This game has seasonal events as well. You to collect so much of an item by beating levels. These events are also fun, but like the weekly events, they need a huge time commitment to get the best rewards.

Best Fiends Seasonal Event

In Game Quests

Fiend Quests

The game also has two types of quests. The first set of quests unlocks when you get to certain levels. In these quests, you play the game as one character and need to beat a series of hard levels. Beating all the levels for a character unlocks a unique skin for that fiend that boosts their attack.

Best Fiends Quests

Earthworm Challenges

The last set of events is beating groups of levels with a fixed team of Fiends. Each group of levels has a specific challenge. For example, one group of levels requires you beat the whole level set without losing three times.

Best Fiends Earthworm Challenges

Social Features

This game has plenty of social features. The main thing I notice is the fact you get a small bonus when you pass people on the world map.

There are multiple leaderboards that compare your progress to other players if you like that sort of thing. A leaderboard telling me I am at rank 4253 at level 342 doesn’t mean much to me.

Presentation

The Game Looks Great

This game looks and sounds amazing! A lot of care went into the details of the world map and the characters. The Fiends have enough character to them that I recognize them. It would not surprise me if Seriously had this in mind from the beginning.

Best Fiends World Map

Great Music and Sounds

The sounds in the game are very good as well. In some Android games, the sounds and music become a nuisance. This game has some of my favorite video game music out of all mobile games. If only every mobile developer would this much care into their music.

I only wish the game has a few more original songs. Every song has the same theme, and it does start to sound the same after a while. I suppose though a few great songs are better than more mediocre songs.

Not Really Any Story

The game is very light on story. Best Fiends does mention a story when you start playing it, but you never hear or see much about while playing the game.

Great Cartoons!

Seriously has a pretty active social media presence online. They release short videos with Best Fiend characters on their YouTube channel. They are very well made, and they have some pretty high profile voice actors in them from what I read.

The videos are a very interesting concept. I can’t think of any other mobile game that does something similar other than Angry Birds. I love how these videos look. If Seriously ever did something in a longer form like a cartoon or full-featured movie I would watch it.

Spending Factor

In Game Purchases

Best Fiends has a currency you can buy things with. The primary currency is gold bars, but you can also buy diamonds. You use gold bars to buy new Fiends and to unlock a few things in the game.

Best Fiends Gold Store

I Bought Something

I have spent some money on in-app purchases. I spent about $5. I bought a package while it was on sale and upgraded my Fiends some.

The Game Is Fair to People Who Don’t Spend Money

I have not felt like I have every needed to buy anything to make progress in this game. The game is very generous with events and rewards. The game rewards you for about every good thing you do. Even losing levels gets you a tiny reward for trying.

The game also gives you the chance to watch video ads for rewards. I love when game offer this and I wish more did.

Annoyances

There Are No Required Ads

To start this game has no forced ads. You can watch third-party ads for extra upgrade materials.

Pop-Up Spam

The game is annoying with its pop-up spam. The game tries hard to push you into buying the discounts and sales it gives you. These pop-ups feel like the kind of sleazy tactics you would see in an annoying online website or TV infomercial. If you don’t buy this thing before this timer expires the deal is gone!

I am not saying developers doesn’t deserve to earn money, but this tactic comes off as forceful. I don’t like games that try to pressure you into buying things on sale in short periods of time.

Have to Wait for Some Things

I wish mobile developers would stop trying to make money from players by making them wait for things. This games stamina system is quite fair when compared to other games, but the fact it exists is an annoyance still.

Speaking of waiting for things this game also makes you wait hours between certain events to complete them. I find this annoying as I wish I could play the game and complete events when I want to.

Very Hard Events

Some event levels are too hard. In one event every time you lose a level you have to play the previous level again. I hate making progress and then having to do it again when I lose.

I know the game developers want players to have a challenge, but I don’t like it when games punish players for failure. Doing this comes off as mean-spirited. Developers should stick to rewarding players for doing well instead of punishing them.

Overall score

Best Fiends is a very good game that looks and sounds great. The game is being tied down by its free to play nature but not so much that the game is not fun to play.

The 4 star Review Picture

Would I Play Best Fiends in the Future?

Yes, I would keep on playing Best Fiends. I already have played the game for over a year.

Would I recommend playing Best Fiends?

If you like match three games, this is a great game to play. Yes, I would recommend playing Best Fiends. If you are critical of free to play elements though or don’t like match three games, then I am not sure.

  • (5)
    Gameplay
  • (5)
    Presentation
  • (4)
    Spending Factor
  • (4)
    Annoyance Factor
4.5

Summary

Best Fiends is a puzzle game about linking pieces.

Pros

Fun to play

Looks and sounds great

Cons

Some event levels are too hard

Have to wait for some things.

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