October 1, 2010 in Games (E)
[prMac.com] St. Petersburg, Russia - Astar-Nevosoft announced the release of Pantheon for the iPad platform. The title offers involving match-3 gameplay presented against gorgeous visual backgrounds which include stunning scenes of animated waterfalls cascading down verdant cliffs and waves lapping sun-baked shores.
The base game mechanics is simple enough to make it easy to play for non-experienced players. You have to click on groups of colored gems which, when clumps of two or more standing adjacent to one another are tapped, they disappear from play and, following gravity's rules, make way for those stacked above. The goal of each stage involves eliminating all gold-shaded squares by making matches using them before a candle-shaped time meter burns out. If successful, you move onto the next stage, with new gods added to your collection every few levels. If fail, you will lose one of four lives, with the game ending when this supply runs out.
The further you progress, greater obstacles (e.g., locked tiles only opened with specific gems, squares that must be used in multiple matches before they'll lose their shading) are thrown at you. Power-ups are also offered when several stones are eliminated in a single move, such as bombs that explode, destroying all jewels around them, or lightning that disintegrates all gems of a single color. All of which come together to help create the comfortable, sometimes challenging, dynamics.
As an added bonus, the outing even features collectible trophies: statues and gilded ornaments-earned by accomplishing feats like making 10 successful quick moves or activating four lightning power-ups in a row. Collecting the entire set takes time, giving even veterans reason to keep pounding away at the program.
* Different Power-ups
* Collectible trophies
* Beautiful soundtracks
* Animated backgrounds
* Well-balanced Play
A calm-inducing soundtrack is joined by a whole host of ambient noises including flowing water and chirping birds, ensuring a mellow experience. Subtle night and day effects only enhance the featured atmosphere that much further, guaranteeing a pleasant time.
Astar-Nevosoft is a Russian video game development studio based in St. Petersburg, specializing in casual games for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Windows and Mac OS X. Astar-Nevosoft is a part of Nevosoft Group which together deliver downloadable and online entertainment software for various platforms. Copyright (C) 2010 Astar-Nevosoft. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.