A Match Three Game with Cats!
Meow Match: Cats Matching 3 Puzzle & Ball Blast is a match three puzzle game made by Ember Entertainment. I am going to refer to the game as Meow Match from now on. I learned about Meow Match while watching ads collecting premium currency in an Android game I was playing. I decided to write a review of the game as I have some thoughts on it after playing it for a while.
Game Review Information
How Did I Find out About Meow Match?
Like I mentioned earlier I learned about Meow Match from a video ad.
Why Did I Play Meow Match?
I was curious to see if the game was any fun. I also like the art style and the cats in the game.
How Did I Play Meow Match?
As with most of my Android game reviews, I played the game on my LG V20 Android Smartphone. I am using Android Oreo.
How Long Did I Play the Game?
I played the game for a few weeks. I played until I reached level 120 and I was in the third area. This area is called the Oasis.
Quick Summary of How to Play Meow Match
Meow Match is a match three game. You move puzzle pieces to clear things from the game area. Each level has a goal for you to solve and you have a limited number of moves. When you beat levels, you collect stars. You use these stars to complete missions outside of levels by helping cats fix up various locations.
This Is a Game of Fixing Things
The main story of the game is about how you travel around the world and decorate and fix up locations. When you beat levels, you collect stars. You then use these stars to complete tasks. As with most games like this, the tasks require more stars and progress in the game.
I Did Not Pay Attention to the Story in the Game
I have played other games based on fixing and restoring areas. Eventually, the goals become boring if they don’t stay very exciting. For me being told to complete what amounts to chores and yard work eventually becomes less exciting over time. I did not think too much about spending the stars. I collected them and completed the tasks as an afterthought.
What Kind of Match Three Game Is Meow Match?
This game has an alternative style to match three games I tend to see in another similar fixit games. This is slightly different than the traditional match three game play you would see in a game like Candy Crush Saga. Gardenscapes is the first type of game I have seen use this match three style. I have noticed some similar match three games do about the same thing.
The Differences in This Type of Match Three Game
- You create stronger powerups by making bigger matches in a cross pattern.
- You use powerups by moving them and not matching them.
- You create pieces that clear all of one piece color by exploding enough powerups.
- The more powerups you explode, the faster you fill this bar.
- You can make matches while the pieces are still moving
The game has multiple level types as most match three games. There are a lot of the same level types you see in other similar fixit up games. Find the statues, Drop something to the bottom of the level, etc. There was nothing extraordinarily different but that is OK. The game had enough variety for me to have fun.
Game Events and Quests
The game frequently holds events, and I have seen some seasonal events as well. These are nice in games as it gives you another reason to play other than beating new levels. In fact, I enjoyed playing in these events more than collecting stars. Some of the events have leagues as well. You move up and down in leagues based on your performance in event leaderboards. I tend to not be ultra competitive in these types of events. Even if I wanted to, there is always Ilovecats373 that somehow beats 200 levels in three days. I am not willing to try too hard to beat people who play the game that much.
Interacting with the Cats
You can also interact with the cats. They can talk to you, and they give orders frequently. In fact, they are quite bossy. The cats will also walk around say random things occasionally. There are also cat puns. Look up Busby the Bobcat on YouTube later. Now that is a cat who knows his puns. But finish reading this review first before you go down that rabbit hole. You might be there a while. You can pet the cats. They purr and seem quite happy. I never knew how big a deal being able to pet the animals was for some people. I suppose it is a neat feature.
You can also do some tasks with the cats in the game. Like give them toys, trim their nails, etc. Doing this raises a happiness bar. If you fill it up, you get in-game rewards. Also, the way the cat purrs and looks happy after having its nails trimmed is quite confusing to me. That is not what happened when two veterinary assistants tried to trim my cat’s nails. You can also dress up some of the cats and give them outfits.
What Do the Cats in Meow Match Look Like?
The cats have oversized heads and huge eyes. Quite Chibi if you ask me. I like to look at their expressions as you play levels. At the start of every level, a cat walks in and starts to do cat things in their little corner of the game area. When you are about the lose a level they look concerned and cover their eyes. I liked that nice extra tiny detail in the game.
What Does the Game Look Like?
The game has a bright and colorful style. The match three pieces are things cats would like. I like this detail as it matches the theme of the game well. Everything looks nice, and I have no complaints here. This is not the best looking Android game I have seen before, but it looks better than some.
The Game Has Good Music
The main song in the game is quite good. I love instrumental music, and this is the kind of music I love to see in Android games. The songs in the game are different variations of the same song. I don’t mind this as long the main theme is good.
The Music Changes While Playing Levels
One thing this game does that is quite interesting is that the current song changes depending on far you get into levels. This is something I wish more games would do as it ads an extra layer of uniqueness to the game. I have only seen one other game do this before.
Spending Factor Review
Things You Can Buy in Meow Match
Meow Match has an in-game store like almost all free to play games. There is about what I would expect for sale in it. You can buy in-game currency to buy powerups and boosters. You can also spend coins to continue levels if you lose. I don’t mind these things being offered as long the game feels fair.
Free In-Game Gifts
There are multiple ways to get in-game currency and gifts for just playing the game. In fact, this game is quite generous. I have gotten enough freebies to get to where I am level wise without any issue. Right now I have stockpiled coins because I did not need to spend any.
- You can collect a daily gift.
- You earn coins for beating levels
- Earn coins by watching ads
- Earn coins by playing in events
- Earn coins by taking care of the cats
- You can start levels with a few extra moves from watching ads
- You can also get five extra moves when you run out from watching ads
Annoyance Factor Review
You Need to Wait for Extra Lives
First, the game only lets you have three extra lives instead of five as most games have. I am not sure why the game does this, but it feels a bit greedy. Also, the game makes you wait 30 minutes to regain an extra life. This is quite long compared to similar games. Most match three games have 15 to 20 minute timers. Of course, having timers like this at all is very annoying.
You can spend in-game currency to get extra lives. These business practices are why some people refuse to even consider Android games “real” games. I understand developers want to make money for their time, but I think there has to be a better way.
The game does give you free unlimited lives somewhat often, and you can get lives back by watching ads. This at least makes things feel somewhat fairer.
About the Ads in the Game
The game somewhat frequently shows ads in between levels. I am somewhat more forgiving towards ads that don’t interrupt me when having fun and show after beating levels are before starting them. Watching ads are always going to be a buzzkill though. The game does not have banner ads in levels. Banner ads near game play burn into my soul. Sound a bit dramatic? Try to enjoy playing a game with distracting blinking and flashy ads. It bothers me a lot.
I don’t know what other peoples ad preferences are like, but I start to see the same things too many times. It gets very tiring seeing the same exact ads over and over. I actually don’t hate ads with a passion. I have learned about some decent new games from watching them. I learned about Meow Match from an ad after all!
You can pay money to get rid of ads by buying some in game currency. The price was OK I suppose.
You Do Not Need to Wait to Fix Things
The game does not make you wait to fix up the things in the locations. COUGH Gardenscapes. You don’t have to wait 30 minutes to fix the things. You also don’t have to wait in between new areas. You can progress in the game as fast as you collect new stars.
Overall Thoughts on Meow Match
Meow Match is a fun game with cute cats and decent music. I enjoyed Meow Match despite the free to play annoyances.
Will I Keep Playing Meow Match?
No. I will not play any more Meow Match. I already have a group of match three games I play consistently. I enjoy match three games more than any other puzzle game, but I also tend to judge them more. I would need be quite impressed to play a new game long term or like the game out of habit already.
Do I Recommend Playing Meow Match?
If you enjoy playing match three games and love cats then yes I recommend playing Meow Match. That is assuming you like match three games, to begin with. Meow Match will not have anything in it that will change your mind if you don’t like these kinds of puzzle games.
Meow Match is a somewhat fun match three puzzle game.
- Cute cats
- Looks nice
- The game is fun to play
- Low amount of extra lives
- Need to wait a long time to get extra lives
- There are ads