"There’s a plague sweeping the nation, and it goes by the name “Match-3.” I prayed that the Bejeweled outbreak would end eventually, but with new strains being produced each day, things have only escalated. Epidemiologists are at a loss. It’s gotten to the point where my mom and her middle-aged office friends have turned Candy Crush into a full-on gambling ring. When I look into my mother’s eyes, I no longer see her soul—only blue gumballs and hell-red jellybeans.
There have been some notable exceptions to the scourge, like RPG-puzzler 10000000, which was released for Android earlier this year, but these exceptions have been few and far between. Enter Pixel Defenders. I hit “install” and steeled myself for another mindless multicolored grid. But amazingly, I got the exception instead of the rule. I didn’t expect it, but Pixel Defenders gave me some hope for the future of Match-3s, even in these trying times."