Homescapes

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Homescapes
Homescapes icon.png
Developer(s) Playrix
Publisher(s) Playrix
Platform(s) Android, iOS
Release Apple App store
September, 2017
Google Play
August, 2017
Amazon App store
September, 2017
Genre(s) Puzzle
Mode(s) Single-player

Homescapes is a free-to-play video game released by Playrix in September, 2017.[1] The game is available on iOS, Android and Amazon App Store. Homescapes is a Gardenscapes spin-off and shares the same gameplay concept, combining traditional match-3 mechanics with a well-developed storyline. The game’s protagonist is also the same: Austin the Butler.

Gameplay[edit]

Homescapes is a match-3 puzzle game, where the core gameplay is based on swapping two adjacent elements to make a row or column of at least three elements.[2] Every level has a goal, examples of which are a number of elements you have to collect, carpet you have to lay, etc. Homescapes consists of a number of chapters. By completing match-3 levels, players earn stars to progress through the storyline and unlock the next chapter.

The game is free to play with in-app purchases, allowing the player to purchase the in-game, fictional currency with real-world money.[3] Functionally, it works similar to Candy Crush Saga, allowing the player to purchase the ability to retry levels upon failing them.[3] It also includes In-app purchasing and other micro transactions.

Development[edit]

The game was developed by Playrix, who had previously developed and released the game Gardenscapes.[4]

Reception[edit]

In the first week after its release, Homescapes was downloaded 7 million times.[5] By the end of the first month, on October 19, total downloads had reached 28 million.[6] In October, Homescapes was the 4th most downloaded game on iOS worldwide and the 8th most downloaded on Android.[7]

Gamezebo awarded the game a 4 out of 5 star rating, generally praising the game, but feeling it wasn't quite as good as Gardenscapes, concluding "The result is still a wonderful match-3 slash simulation game that scratches all the same itches as Gardenscapes but in an entirely new environment. If you’ve conquered Gardenscapes and are looking for a new version of roughly the same experience, Homescapes is a must-play. But newcomers to the series should stick to Gardenscapes for now, at least until Homescapes catches up to all the updates and enhancements of the original."[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Playrix scores another big match-3 mobile game hit with Homescapes". venturebeat.com.
  2. ^ http://www.pocketgamer.biz/news/66301/playrix-soft-launches-sequel-homescapes/
  3. ^ a b http://www.pocketgamer.biz/the-iap-inspector/66779/how-does-homescapes-monetise/
  4. ^ http://www.pocketdgamer.biz/interview/67045/the-making-of-homescapes/
  5. ^ "За неделю с момента релиза мобильную Homescapes от Playrix скачали 7 миллионов раз". dtf.ru.
  6. ^ "Homescapes — 28 млн загрузок в первый месяц и большая касса". app2top.ru.
  7. ^ "App Annie: самые скачиваемые и доходные игры сентября 2017". app2top.ru.
  8. ^ http://www.gamezebo.com/2017/10/04/homescapes-review-homeward-bound/