Popcap Games has introduced a new puzzle game called Talismania Deluxe (download free demo here). Developed by RocketJump Games, this Greek Mythology-themed game puts the player in the role of legendary King Midas, who must earn enough Gold to build various buildings on each level to help those less fortunate than him.
The Talisman game play is different than a typical "Match 3" game in that the player must rotate a set of objects on a grid to connect them between two Talismans, with the longer connections providing higher scores, as each object turns into a coin when the Talismans are connected. Each level requires a certain score to clear it, and then the coins are used in an intervening cut scene to build the desired building on each level - finish the building and clear the level.
As is typical of games these days, there are two ways to play it, with 40 levels in each mode. Talisman opens up in Story mode which does not have a time limit on it as the player learns how to deal with the various power-ups and perils that appear with each successive level (E.g. Evil Medusa freezes 2 objects per level if not eliminated, while the bonus $ object increases the amount of Gold in that level when used). About 1/4 of the way through that mode, the player unlocks the Hero Mode, which is a much more fun and hectic timed version of the game for those looking for a little more action. The help screens and tips are quite useful, and can be turned off when necessary. The graphics and sound are cute, but very cartoony, and the cut scenes and mini-games between scenes add a little levity and break up the game play.
All in all, Talisman deserves credit for introducing a new type of game play. On the other hand, it's not going to be as much fun as what users see from other game play types, so it will appeal to a smaller audience.
Verdict - an interesting new game style for those tired of Match 3 games, but not as appealing. Try downloading it here
None - has unique game play