Frisky Hands-On: Trident Branded “Puzzle Smash” Launches on Facebook

Thu, Jul 22, 2010

Facebook, Social

In an effort to publicize Trident White, Trident has launched a branded puzzle game on Facebook called Puzzle Smash. The game is most easily comparable to Puyo Puyo, for those who are familiar with the puzzle game from the early 1990′s. For a more recent comparison, we need to look no further than Super Puzzle Fighter on the Xbox Live Aracde / PSN.

For those who are unfamiliar with all of the above, the game looks like Tetris, but plays differently. Pairs of different colored blocks will fall from the top of the screen, and you can rotate them to position the two colors in whichever orientation you’d like (horizontal or vertical). Every so often, a like-colored orb will be attached to a regular block, and it’s these orbs that will allow you to explode all of the like colored, connected blocks that it touches at the bottom of the screen. Special Trident White orbs will allow you to instantly remove all blocks of a certain color, whether those blocks are connect to one another or not.

Another feature comes if you’re willing to “Like” the game on Facebook. This unlocks a series of “Color Clear” orbs on the right side of the screen. Clicking on one of these orbs instantly removes all of the same-colored blocks from the board.

Gameplay speed increases as you earn more points, or as your towers grow every closer to the top of the screen. Let the tower reach the top and it’s game over. After your game ends, you’ll be able to post your score to your wall, inviting your friends to join you. In addition, if you happen to have other friends that play the game, you’ll earn bonus points after every game, with more points being rewarded for every friend you have that has added the application.

Finally, you can easily keep track of your own high score, along with that of your friends via the included leaderboard that’s placed at the bottom of the screen (think of any other level or score-based Facebook game, and you’ll know what to expect from this addition).

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a branded game released on Facebook, as HP, Intel and Best Buy released a snowboarding game earlier this year, as just one example. The game doesn’t require anything of you rather than the use of the arrow keys on your keyboard, so if you’d like to give it a try, head over to the game’s page on Facebook.

As the game can be a bit difficult to describe through text, here’s our hands-on to show you what the game actually looks like when played.

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