[Beyond PlayStation] Soldam: Drop, Connect, Erase Review

by Tracey

Soldam: Drop, Connect, Erase is a fun puzzle game with interesting gameplay mechanics that pays homage to the Puyo Puyo series. Learn more about this gem in our Soldam: Drop, Connect, Erase review!

Soldam: Drop, Connect, Erase is a charming puzzle game in which your goal is to rotate and guide blocks of colored fruits and prevent them from stacking up too high. If a stack manages to reach the top before the timer ends, then it’s game over. There are different modes you can play, including co-op, so that you play with friends or family, whichever you prefer. Instead of clearing lines or matching three of the same and having the pieces disappear, your goal is to create matching horizontal color lines. You can rearrange their colors to match lines horizontally to achieve the required number of horizontal lines for them to disappear before pieces hit the bottom. Once you get the hang of things, you’ll be having a lot of fun.

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You have Easy mode, which is kind of like a tutorial, which will allow you to learn the basics and get to learn more about how the game works. There is also Soldam mode which has a timer, and if your stacks are too high and get to the top before the timer runs out, it’s going to be game over for you. You also have Challenge mode in which you’ll get to face up against 50 specific puzzles to solve, in which you’ll need to complete objectives to complete that particular challenge.

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On top of the Easy and Soldam modes, you also have a pretty self-explanatory Marathon mode, and a Score challenge, in which you can aim to see how big of a score you can get in five minutes. As you play in the game’s Soldam mode, you will unlock new Plumis, characters that you can see on the side of the screen. There are dozens of them to unlock, and the more you get, the more entries you will get in your Plumidex. It’s a fun diversion to get you to catch all of them to 100% the game.

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The grid is made up of five columns, and you can alter the color of the blocks when they drop down to match colors horizontally to clear lines. There are no issues with the controls or the gameplay mechanics for Soldam: Drop, Connect, Erase, but something I did want to mention is that there is no option for making the game easier to play for people with a type of color blindness. Since this puzzle game uses many bright colors, an option to make it clear for players to know what color each piece is would make things easier for players with color blindness, so hopefully it’s something that the team could look into.

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Soldam: Drop, Connect, Erase is certainly a different type of puzzler and a very fun one. It might remind you of Tetris or the Puyo Puyo series, but it’s something completely different that makes it stand out on its own. Once you get the hang of things, you can have a lot of fun. You can also play against other players in the local Showdown mode, or even take things online to battle players from around the world. The game is available for only $7.99, and it’s a great option for fans of the puzzle genre.

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This Soldam: Drop, Connect, Erase reviews is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Dispatch Games.

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