Like a pretty waitress who travels from a small town to Hollywood seeking fame and fortune, only to find her dreams broken, Tinseltown Dreams is disappointing and sad. It’s a Match-3 game with honest intentions, but it falls short compared to the star power of other App Store celebrities.
Through 35 rounds of Match-3, you must swap tiles to form combinations of stars, clapboards, cameras, megaphones, and other movie-related paraphernalia. After every round, you’ll earn money that is used to finance a moving-picture show, from hiring cast and crew to cramming your set full of fancy props.
Quiet on the set!
The big twist in Tinseltown Dreams is the movie-making, but in that aspect this game is terribly lacking. You always have the same few faces to choose from for each position, and while you can place the onstage elements however you like, it appears to make no difference in the way your movie is ‘reviewed’ after it’s complete. For example, we spent a ton of dough on pink Cadillacs, then tossed them up in the air like a flock of birds. The reviewers never seemed to notice.
The seven different genres, ranging from science fiction to musicals, offer only the slightest amount of creativity at their heart. But since you’re just littering the stage with themed junk, it makes for a lifeless addition to the core gameplay.
Light up the silver screen.
And the Match-3 isn’t all that solid, either. Most of the stages are irregularly shaped, and you have to match items on top of golden blocks to complete the level, much like in Jewel Quest. If a golden block is located in a corner or other hard-to-reach area, you can easily become stuck. It’s a bad sign in a Match-3 game if you hope and pray to run out of moves, just so the board will be shuffled and you’ll have a chance to win.
Other movie-related nonsense, like soda, popcorn, and candy wrappers are thrown into the mix, as if the process of watching movies and making movies were thoughtlessly combined. Tinseltown Dreams: The 50′s tries to tug on the nostalgic heartstrings of any gray-haired moviegoers who also play iPhone games, but there are far better Match-3 games to enjoy in the App Store instead. This game is not ready for its close-up.