Glooze Review: When Threes! Meets Bacteria

By: Riada International Pty. Ltd.

If you’ve played Threes! or the copycat 2048, but thought “I wonder what it would be like to play with bacteria instead of number cards,” then Glooze is just the game for you! Although, even if you never thought that, I still recommend checking it out.

In Glooze, you swipe the whole board to combine strange, pulsating shapes into other shapes. Instead of having numbers like in Threes!, you have to remember the order in which shapes upgrade. This can sometimes be troublesome when different-level shapes appear very similar, but otherwise the game offers a solid, enjoyable experience.

According to the developer, the gameplay is only secondary to the artwork. There are several different themes to keep it interesting, and each game has procedurally generated art, so even using the same theme will provide a different visual experience each time. The sound effects are also spot on, minimalistic but very satisfying. You can see the game in action in this gameplay video I made:

I’ve been playing the game for a few days now and I keep coming back to it to both beat my high score and see what kind of strange shapes I can encounter. It’s a perfect game to play anytime and anywhere. There are several game modes, such as the standard relaxed version, a timed version, and multiplayer. Between the constantly-changing visuals and the different ways of playing, Glooze should keep you entertained for quite some time.

On top of all that, Glooze has a monetization system that I can get behind. It’s completely free to download and play forever without spending a penny. However, if you’re enjoying it, a one-time in-app-purchase (IAP) will remove ads and unlock even more themes. There are no other IAPs, so you can’t buy your way to the top, and there are no paywalls to stop you from playing 24/7 if you so desire.

I highly recommend giving Glooze a download to experience it for yourself.

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