“Around the World in 80 Days” is an outstandingly good novel written by Jules Verne. I myself have been kept very entertained by it back in the day and sometimes don’t mind to bring back the good memories every now and then. That said, the Playrix development team has put in some efforts to bring us, the users, the whole story rewritten in a completely different “language” and the result is a puzzle game of the same name: “Around the World in 80 Days”.
This is an exciting puzzle game with a bejeweled-styled gameplay twisted in an original storyline. It’s fully-equipped with cool animations, dialogues and fine soundtrack. These elements really add to the extensively used concept and therefore make it standout amongst the others.
The game is equipped with a decent number of level packs, that are namely countries you have to pass through. Obviously, England is the beginning of the adventure. Once you complete a level pack, you are directed to another. Speaking of level packs, there are filled with a couple of levels whose number increases as you advance further. The objective is to collect all of the missing parts of a given object. That is done by bringing them in the bottom of the grid. It is good that the levels are not easy, not even the first ones. Though that can discourage some players, a good challenge is always welcome in my book.
At the end of each level, you are presented a very nice animation in which all of the collected parts combine as a whole. Followed by a nice sound effect, it’s very pleasant to look at. Also, let’s not forget to mention that it is available to get a better glimpse at the available countries with the help of the nicely-designed Earth globe view.
The settings menu offers just a few options to configure: the sound and music volume and whether the game will show hints or not. It can be accessed through the main menu.
As always, the Playrix team has taken good care of the game‘s quality. It’s nicely coded and runs buttery-smooth. Also, the appealing animations, dialogues, music and sound effects make a nice touch. We were very satisfied of the overall experience, but not everything is as bright as it may seem. A huge downside of this game is that it’s very hard on the battery, it consumes way too much juice for a two-dimensional game.
Overall, “Around the World in 80 Days” is a very solid game that can be had for free through the Google Play Store.