- Release date: 4/11/2011
- Publisher: Mumbo Jumbo
- Genre: Puzzle
- Content rating: ESRB E
- Features: 1 player
Slingo Quest Review. Casual, Simple & Addictive
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I’m reminded of why I initially fell in love with this game. There’s nothing new to the gameplay beyond what you are used to, but different levels and bonuses ultimately make the game a little less boring.
The design of Slingo Quest is quite dull, and the cartoon graphics are terribly bland. There are other puzzle games on the DS system that have exhilarating, much deeper graphics. The visuals in this particular game are underwhelming. It’s not so much about the poorly rendered brown theme that is typical of most Slingos, as it is about the lack of effort on the part of the development to bring the game to life.
Slingo Quest combines two elements that were familiar with mechanical game machines a few decades back, i.e., Slots and Bingo. You have to spin the 5-reel slot machine to produce random numbers. You then have to match these numbers with the cards on the Bingo board. You can match numbers diagonally, vertically or horizontally, on any axis. If you can eliminate numbers entirely on these orientations, you will hit a Slingo. The objective is to create as many Slingos as possible within 20 spins. Achieving certain objectives gets you bonuses (such as a Joker) which then make power-ups available, and you can collect Stars and Stamps for greater bonuses. Classic mode is Slingo in its most basic form, and it’s recommended for beginners.
You can play several modes such as Pirate’s Fortune, Multi-card and Seven-by-Seven Slingo. On-screen competition and power-ups such as multipliers, special coins, and the Treasure Chests all serve to make the mechanics a bit spicier, without affecting the core gameplay.
The best way to play this game is definitely with the touch-screen controls because the most important input is selecting the appropriate number assisted with on-screen prompts. However, you can also use button controls, such as the D-pad to navigate around the Bingo board or the A button to select the card that you want. You can also use the A or L/R buttons to spin the slot.
Replay Value: 4.0
I was hoping for a little more than just the ordinary, repetitive gameplay that I’m used to with regular Slingo. However, you will get tons of levels, different power-ups that shift the outcome ever so slightly, bonuses which you can use for strategy and a variety of game modes (especially Quest mode) which all add replayability. Power-ups make the game even more interesting, and you’ll certainly keep coming back for more.
Slingo Quest is one of the simplest and most addictive puzzle games I’ve ever played, though I was hoping a console version would have a bit more visual life. In Quest mode, you can play in incremental levels, which free you from the drag of Classic mode. Stamp collection, although not a specific achievement that unlocks anything, makes the game more exciting and you’ll feel like you’re working towards something.
Slingo is as casual and simple as puzzle games come, and it’s a fun way to relax with a game without having to grind too much.
Pros : Simple gameplay, and adheres to core Slingo mechanics.
Offers a variety of levels.
Cons : Has lackluster audio and visuals.
Replay Value 4.0