Some puzzle fads are so powerful that they go totally rampant, taking the globe by storm. Sudoku is one culprit, spreading from its Japanese homeland across the world. Drop7 could very well be another, even though it makes its home on the iDevice instead of pencil and paper.
There is no escape from Drop7.
Drop7 is played on a 7×7 grid with plenty of differently colored balls, each with a number from 1 to 7 on them. The purpose of the game is to drop a numbered ball into or onto a line that, including itself, equals its number.
For example, if a number 3 appears, you select the column you want to send it down, and if you send it down one where there are only two other balls either in the column or row where it lands, the 3 will disappear and give you points. Once it disappears, it may cause gravity to bring a column down a space, which can trigger other numbered balls, setting off combos and adding greatly to your score. There are also gray balls, which have to be ‘˜ground down’ by triggering numbered balls to score next to them. All of that may sound difficult, but after playing a bit, you get used to it.
And then it’s all over, because you’re hooked.
You’ll be on your way through a nasty bout of Drop7 addiction. The process starts with Normal mode, where each drop of a ball counts down from a bar; the level ends when you empty it. Every time you progress to the next level in any mode, a new line of gray spheres rises up from the bottom. The second mode is Hardcore, which severely restricts the number of drops you get in each level, but gives no gray blocks to drop. Last is Sequence, the most challenging (and engrossing) of all.
No matter which mode you play, when the spheres pass the top of the grid, the game ends, and you can then post your score to the local and global leaderboards, as well as to Facebook Connect. You can see what your friends have scored, or post your score to your news feed, which is done in a rather unobtrusive manner. That’s not all, though. The game also adds to its innovative nature with a very stylized look in the gameplay and the menus, invoking indie fonts and modern themes.
Drop7 may not appeal to you if all you want to do is to kill zombies, or defend a castle from an onslaught of enemies. It isn’t as flashy as some of those games are, lacking as it is in climactic scenes and fast-paced gameplay. But for those in the mood for a puzzle, Drop7 both satisfies that hunger and whets your appetite for more… and more… and more. You’ve got to try it.