Maleficent Free Fall
Maleficent Free Fall is a polished match-3 puzzle game by Disney that leads you into the magical world of Maleficent. You have the titular heroine in company while matching gems to reach the objective of each level through five chapters (at launch).
75 fun levels (at launch) in 5 distinct chapters
A handful of game goals/modes to play
Dazzling power-ups to create/buy and use for boosts
Three companions (currently) by the side
Polished graphics and visual effects
May 15, 2014
Disney has released a sequel to its mega-hit Frozen Free Fall – Maleficent Free Fall, a dark take on the match-3 puzzler inspired by Disney’s live-action movie Maleficent that is going to hit theaters on May 30.
Maleficent Free Fall prepares 75 unique levels of 5 chapters (currently), each with two or three main game modes challenging you to achieve different objectives. Every level has its own game goal primarily based on the special tiles on the screen like the chained, the shield and tree sprout. Light up the board by matching tiles on them, break all chained tiles, remove all shields by making matches next to them, drop the artifacts down to bottom, destroy the bottle eaters or grow the tree sprout – these six types are available at launch at different levels and more will surely be added in updates.
In the core it’s still the simple matching-3 mechanics. And by making special matches like a L-shape or five in a row you can create power-up gems that may break all tiles around or in the path or clear all of the chosen color. As you make progress you can unlock the various magic of Maleficent that allows you to summon her raven Diaval, display wing-wind or cast a yellow/green ball. To do that you can break any tile, add more moves, swipe away 8 random gems, swap two selected tiles or do other tricks that help you pass and earn 3 stars. You have three free trial of each booster after you activate them and after that you have to purchase with real cash.
A magic-themed follow-up, Maleficent Free Fall has recognizable similarity with its predecessor from the primary game interface to the companion-oriented power-up system to the functionality & visuals of those boosters. Although the entire game world has a distinct dark magic theme that is almost opposite to the white icy world of Frozen Free Fall, it somehow betrays its origin with familiar lingering traces from how gems are broken and how the explosion/shoveling effects of power-ups are rendered.
The similarity makes Maleficent Free Fall less stunning because what’s fresh in the original grows pale gradually during repetition. But it’s kind-of unfair to compare this newborn with its big sister (with hundreds of levels already). Actually, with progression the similarity in-between fades a bit. And hopefully, Maleficent Free Fall will grow richer with its own signature and break the cocoon it’s currently in. Viewed independently, it is a beautiful and addictive game that will keep you glued to your mobile for long.