Bake Escape is a match-3 game with a difference. By Chillingo, EA’s mobile game studio of the Angry Birds and Cut the Rope fame, this game seeks to reinvent what is a very overpopulated genre. Instead of the traditional switching of a single block, you have to slide entire rows or columns to match multicoloured baked confectioneries.
The game features a charming back story about a French girl called Victoria Sponge who aspires to become a baker. Her companions on the journey to Paris include animals which are larger than the culinary creature companions of the Ratatouille variety. Namely, they are a rabbit and a bear.
The objective for each of the 120 levels is to earn a set amount of points within a limited number of plays. The levels are tough enough to make you consciously think about your plays and strategize. If you lose, you lose a life which regenerates after some time or can also be bought. If you get tired of waiting for your lives to regenerate, you can make use of the facebook integration to earn some points.
The delightful French accented voice saying ‘Magnifique!’ accompanied by adorable animation make completing each level worth it. Some levels feature interesting takes on the board: one features two separate boards but the cakes teleport between the boards. The usual rules of match 3 apply; match 4 or more and you get power-ups which are heavily iced cakes, in this case. The soundtrack is upbeat and whimsical.
The gorgeous graphics are the icing on the cake (quite literally). The ads in the game are diminutive, enclosed in a bubble at the bottom right of the screen, which is a pleasant surprise after all the games that shove Clash of the Clans videos in your face after every few replays. If you have to have a match 3 game on your phone this month, make sure it is the Bake Escape.
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Anusha "Trillian" Sinha
Anusha Sinha was a harmless little Clefairy before she read Crime and Punishment. Now she thinks she is some sort of extraterrestrial ninja. She is an expert in the arts of mosquito-racquet wielding, being a silent grammar Nazi and karate. She spends her time contemplating the greatness of Miniatur Wunderland and the transient nature of human life, in equal measure.