Matching Puzzle games are nothing new to Apple’s App Store, but Doctor Wunda’s Recyclatron by 3Squared adds a new twist to the equation. The best way I can describe the game is you are on an assembly line sorting out several objects into one of four alternately scrolling conveyor belts for Dr. Wunda; who appears to be a zany German scientist. The conveyors show shadows of the objects you are to match up, each conveyor also moves at a slightly different speed. As you successfully match shapes you increase your score, build up bonuses, and garner praise from the good doctor. Not all the objects that appear match something on the conveyor, so you need to make a choice to discard the objects and incur a point deduction. Once all shapes are matched up, you complete the level and move onto increasingly harder conveyors. Each set of levels are also grouped by material type, and each silhouette becomes more tricky to match. Throughout your sorting tasks is a whacky repetitive song that seems well suited for the game, but it does become a bit grating after a while. Mercifully, there’s an option to turn the music off; although doing so seems to diminish the game a bit.
The game could use some additions, like maybe a timer or clock to beat to add additional challenge to the game, but all in all, it’s a fun game for all ages, and 3Squared is planning on releasing additional levels sometime in the future.
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