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Homescapes is a free-to-play video game released by Playrix in September, 2017. 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.
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. 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. Functionally, it works similar to Candy Crush Saga, allowing the player to purchase the ability to retry levels upon failing them. It also includes In-app purchasing and other micro transactions.
In the first week after its release, Homescapes was downloaded 7 million times. By the end of the first month, on October 19, total downloads had reached 28 million. In October, Homescapes was the 4th most downloaded game on iOS worldwide and the 8th most downloaded on Android.
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."
- "Playrix scores another big match-3 mobile game hit with Homescapes". venturebeat.com.
- "За неделю с момента релиза мобильную Homescapes от Playrix скачали 7 миллионов раз". dtf.ru.
- "Homescapes — 28 млн загрузок в первый месяц и большая касса". app2top.ru.
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