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Sometimes simpler is better, and that's why The Big Kahuna Reef is the best wireless game I've played to date.

Sometimes you don't want to spend forever playing a game especially on a wireless device. Let's face it, time is a factor and typically you're waiting to pick someone up or you're on the bus or train heading home. When noise and stress are all around you, the last thing you want to do is think; your brain needs a break and some mindless fun. The Big Kahuna Reef is just what the doctor ordered.

The Big Kahuna is a simple match puzzle game, where you have to match three items vertically or horizontally. Once matched, the items disappear and more fall into place. When you match items you clear the squares the items were resting on. The object is to clear all the squares before the timer runs out.

There are two game modes "Normal" and "Relaxed." In Normal you race against the clock, in Relaxed there's no clock but you still collect points. Between the two modes, I preferred Normal.

The levels become harder as you proceed and "obstacles" appear to make it even more challenging to clear the squares. For instance, one level has two levers stopping you from cascading your items so you have to match the items in a certain way; once matched the levers move and the tiles cascade down to the bottom half of the puzzle. From there you must clear all the bottom squares to complete the game.

As you match items and clear squares you collect bonus points, and once you hit a certain level a fish net can be activated to erase items that may be positioned poorly on the map, stopping you from matching three in a row.

The different levels have different shapes and I found it best not to start hitting buttons right away. Take a quick scan at your environment and look for the choke points. Choke points can be your demise so be careful.

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ESRB: Everyone - E
Platform: Wireless Devices
Category: n/a
 
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Sometimes simpler is better, and that's why The Big Kahuna Reef is the best wireless game I've played to date. Sometimes you don't want to spend forever playing a game especially on a wireless device. Let's face it, time is a factor and typically you're waiting to pick someone up or you're on the bus or train heading home. When noise and stress are all around you, the last thing you want to do is think; your brain needs a break and some mindless fun. The Big Kahuna Reef is just what the doctor ordered. The Big Kahuna is a simple match puzzle game, where you have to match three items vertically or horizontally. Once matched, the items disappear and more fall into place. When you match items you clear the squares the items were resting on. The object is to clear all the squares before the timer runs out. There are two game modes "Normal" and "Relaxed." In Normal you race against the clock, in Relaxed there's no clock but you still collect points. Between the two modes, I preferred Normal. The levels become harder as you proceed and "obstacles" appear to make it even more challenging to clear the squares. For instance, one level has two levers stopping you from cascading your items so you have to match the items in a certain way; once matched the levers move and the tiles cascade down to the bottom half of the puzzle. From there you must clear all the bottom squares to complete the game. As you match items and clear squares you collect bonus points, and once you hit a certain level a fish net can be activated to erase items that may be positioned poorly on the map, stopping you from matching three in a row. The different levels have different shapes and I found it best not to start hitting buttons right away. Take a quick scan at your environment and look for the choke points. Choke points can be your demise so be careful. Sound Let's be realistic here — sound is not what it used to be with wireless devices; most modern devices now act as MP3 players. I played the game on a Motorola Slvr and the sound was crisp and clean. Graphics I found the graphics to be crisp, sharp and clean. It's hard to get fine detail on a cell phone screen but The Big Kahuna managed to do it. I was very impressed with the quality and hats off to the folks at Reflexive Entertainment for a job well done. Overall this game was very addictive, passed it around at a couple of parties and it was allways hard to get my phone back once someone started playing it. As i mentioned in the beginning this is the best game i've played on a cell phone to date.




 
 

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