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Recyclomania
Developed By: PixQuake
Published By: HH-Games
Released: August 28, 2019
Available On: PC
Genre: Match-3
ESRB Rating: None specified
Number of Players: Single-player
Price: $2.99

First, I'd like to thank HH-Games for the key.

Match-3 games have had all sorts of themes over the years, and while recycling is a theme I haven't seen before, apparently there is a first time for everything. As to whether it makes for a good game despite the theme, then the uniqueness of the theme matters less than the so-so execution.

Recyclomania is yet another Match-3 title from a developer that uses the same engine they've used for other Match-3 games. The concept remains the same as well: Match 3 or more items together to remove them from the game board until the quota of objects needed to be removed is met. None of the gimmicks are grossly different from their previous games, where bombs and other items would help remove extra items from the board if you matched 5 or more items together.

Recyclomania
Highlights:

Strong Points: Runs great on Windows and even Linux
Weak Points: Derivative and does nothing other similar games don't already do; cheap-looking art assets
Moral Warnings: Nothing

Graphically, this was pretty underwhelming. While previous games featured detailed artwork, this one is very minimalist, featuring art that would not look out of place in a public domain art collection used for tutorial game projects. The game's levels also feature pretty boring icon art, and the brief story scenes just show some images of generic-looking people from their shoulders on up.

Sound is nothing special either. Aside from two tracks that play in most levels, and third in special levels, the game music gets repetitive fast. Sound effects are pleasant but nothing special either.

Recyclomania
Score Breakdown:
Higher is better
(10/10 is perfect)

Game Score - 58%
Gameplay - 12/20
Graphics - 3/10
Sound - 4/10
Stability - 5/5
Controls - 5/5

Morality Score - 100%
Violence - 10/10
Language - 10/10
Sexual Content - 10/10
Occult/Supernatural - 10/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 10/10

Controls are the typical mouse-driven interface of most computer-based Match-3 games. As for stability, that is one redeeming strength of this title, as it runs great with no issues; even ran well in Linux via Steam's Proton with no problems whatsoever.

Morally, there is nothing to complain about I could discern. Your local school asks for your help to recycle various waste products and you work on doing just that as the plot.

While this game is acceptable for any age, I can't recommend it to anyone due to its cheap production values and bringing absolutely nothing really interesting to the table lot of other Match-3 games haven't already done. It's cheap, but I'd get it as part of a bundle instead of paying for it by itself if you really need a Match-3 fix, as it's pretty short and easy to beat in about a day or so.

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