If you are familiar with Zuma, Magnetica, Luxor, or any of the other clones, then Puzzloop Endless is nothing new. If none of these names ring a bell, these games pit you against numerous balls of varying colors rolling down a coiled track with you in the center. Armed with a canon, it’s your job to fend off the chain of balls from reaching the fault line by shooting more balls to create color matches of three or more, effectively removing that set of balls from the chain.
Developed by Hudson Soft, of Bomberman fame, Puzzloop Endless is actually a licensed version of the original Puzz Loop game, rather than a reinterpretation. As the name suggests, Puzzloop Endless focuses on the endless mode of the game, meaning that there is a never ending amount of balls coming down the track that you must clear. The game only offers two modes of game play, easy and hard, in which there is one track and two tracks of balls, respectively. It’s nonstop fun with a ridiculously low learning curve. Just tap on the screen where you want the ball to go and keep the chain away from the fault line. As the levels progress, the number of colors of balls increases, as well as the speed at which they come down the track. You will have to time your shots better to get them in the precise position you want. You can also create combos for extra points by creating matches such that when those balls disappear the ones around it also match. Once you get a game over, that is, the chain reaches the fault line, your level and score are recorded and can be uploaded to an online scoreboard.
The graphics are on par with Nintendo DS graphics, which is to say that they are very good for a casual game. The only fault to be found with this game is that it doesn’t allow you to play your own music while playing game. What makes this especially frustrating is that the game’s own soundtrack is a single, horribly cut track that does not even loop properly. If you are not a fan of 8-bit tunes, you will find yourself turned off very, very quickly.
Hudson also offers a free version and the full version at $7.99, which offers both the Endless variant and the regular stages which have a limited number of balls that must be cleared before you can move on to the next level, but at $1.99, Puzzloop Endless feels just right price-wise for what it offers.