The puzzle game landscape is littered with variations on the "match three" genre. When another match three game shows up to the party, it's tempting to give it dirty looks and whisper insults behind its back. But there is a reason match three games continue to appear and remain popular: the system works. As these things go, Super Collapse 3 is just different enough to stand on its own and offers plenty of variety that should keep you puzzled for a while.
The idea here is to clear groups of colored blocks (at least three at a time) and prevent the ever-rising rows from reaching the top of the screen. The action unfolds on the touch screen while the upper deck displays your score and the remaining number of rows to be survived. As you clean the screen, any blocks that were above a group will fall and create new patterns. Super Collapse 3 takes this simple formula and spreads it across several different game types and a lengthy Quest mode. The Quest will take you through ten areas of increasing difficulty such as Fledgling Fields and Aqualand.
Super Collapse 3, if not terribly exciting, offers a solid puzzle experience. A longish Quest mode and lots to unlock offer an extended single-player experience. The multiplayer game is bare bones, though, and the lack of single-cart game sharing is really inexcusable. While Collapse is fun, it lacks the addictive qualities of some of the other match three games. But for $19.99, this is one puzzle fans might want to clear some room for.