Initial Thoughts: Scurvy Scallawags in The Voyage to Discover the Ultimate Sea Shanty

There are plenty of puzzle games on the iOS nowadays, so many so that they seem to sprout from the ground. In a genre dying for innovation, emulation and flat out rip-offs is what you get instead most of the time. While Scurvy Scallawags in The Voyage to Discover the Ultimate Sea Shanty isn’t exactly original, its charming graphics and cool attempt at a pirate storyline make it just want you want from a puzzle title.

If Scurvy Scallawags in The Voyage to Discover the Ultimate Sea Shanty feels like Puzzle Quest meets Candy Crush Saga, there’s a good reason. With battles a plenty and the simple match three, four or five objects formula, gamers will feel quickly at home. Things change real fast however as the difficulty puts those games to shame. With multiple enemies, goals and quest items to find in each level, each move matters. veteran puzzle players will find the multi-tasking objectives intriguing, while casual iPad and iPhone games will find it cool to kill a few hours before being turned off by the difficulty.

It this game was to be judged by the gameplay alone, it would be a winner, but the lackluster storyline fails. While the graphics and customization options are cute and the dialogue often silly, how they all connect to the gameplay is a tough stretch. Pirates are cool as well as theatrical productions, but it feels off that they’d work together here. more often than not, you’ll fast forward through the story in order to get your puzzle on.

Powered by fun, frenetic puzzle action, don’t let the sub-par plot of Scurvy Scallawags in The Voyage to Discover the Ultimate Sea Shanty get ya down. it’ll give your thumbs a workout.

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Patrick Hickey Jr. is the Founder, Editor-in-Chief, Master Jedi and Grand Pooh-bah of ReviewFix.com and is the author of the book, "The Minds Behind the Games: Interviews with Cult and Classic Video Game Developers," from leading academic and non-fiction publisher McFarland and Company. He is currently the Assistant Director of the Journalism Program at Kingsborough Community College and is a former News Editor at NBC Local Integrated Media and a National Video Games Writer at the late Examiner.com. He has also had articles and photos published in The New York Times, The New York Daily News, Complex and The Syracuse Post-Standard. Love him. Read him.

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