By: Uma Smith
Alawar has introduced its first free-to-play game for the PlayStation Vita called Treasures of Montezuma Blitz. Being a match-three puzzler, it became easily addicting to players, especially due to the fact that you didn’t need to pay a dime for accessing this game. That being said, the next title, called Treasures of Montezuma: Arena, has been released to continue this tradition. Will this freemium model prove to be an everlasting success for Alawar?
The story revolves around the ancient Aztec emperor Montezuma, who was forced to journey to an area inhabited by monsters. There, he must battle his way in order to regain his freedom and return to where he belongs.
Gameplay is very familiar considering the use of the match-three puzzles featured in Treasures of Montezuma: Arena where you’ll be taking turns against your opponent in an RPG fashion. With each row, you can essentially build up your energy meter. Once filled, you can cast spells and inflict damage on your opponents. Of course, there are a few additions to spice things up such as health potions and poison skulls, thereby encouraging you to apply some strategy.
Included with Treasures of Montezuma: Arena from the start are such games modes as story and multiplayer tournament. In the latter, you can compete online against either friends or random opponents. Additionally, you can join in on weekly tournaments to win prizes. Skilled players would then be rewarded with crystals with consistent plays. What you would have to pay out of your pocket is the endless mode, which offers your classic match-three gameplay.
Although Treasures of Montezuma: Arena utilizes the PlayStation Vita’s touch controls, the whole feel is incomplete as there are delays in responsiveness. On top of that, the presentation is pretty average while the on-screen action seems to lag from time to time.
Treasures of Montezuma: Arena is pretty ordinary when you compare it to games within the match-three puzzle genre. It doesn’t really do anything above and beyond, and that’s where its source of downfall stems from. The free-to-play model certainly gives reason to try this one out on your PlayStation Vita, but your attention span will vary depending on your taste for this type of game.