Zynga released Wizard of Oz: Magic Match worldwide, licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, on Thursday. This new game is a free-to-play, match-three puzzler based on the classic film. Wizard of Oz keeps the classic movie magic alive with mirthful match-three game play and fresh new features, says Mark Turmell, senior creative director at Zynga.
About the game
Zynga’s latest match-three game will take players to the Land of Oz where they will complete level-based puzzles and help Dorothy travel the yellow brick road. Each level has a different goal for players to complete, and that task should be done within a limited number of moves. For example, one of the levels might ask players to clear crystal squares by making matches on top of them, while another may ask them to collect symbols of specific colors in bulk, and so on.
Players will create power-ups capable of clearing whole columns and rows of symbols or clearing every symbol of a specific color, and so on, as they make matches with four or more symbols or matches in T or L shapes. Further, gamers can buy power-ups like Magic Beams and the Tin Man’s Axe, and they can activate them manually when they need extra help to complete a stage.
Also players can make a match with special star symbols in some stages to charge Glinda’s Magic wheel. The magic wheel may help them complete the stage if they run out of moves.
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“The Wizard of Oz film has captured the hearts of fans across generations through an endearing story of friends working together to solve an imaginative puzzle. Through Wizard of Oz: Magic Match, we’re excited to give fans a whole new way to interact with one of the most beloved films of all time,” said Turmell.
Zynga has begun to see success in the mobile space through its slot offerings, including the one based on The Wizard of Oz. Therefore, it makes complete sense that it is going back there with a different type of game. According to App Annie, Wizard of Oz Slots is ranked 184th on the iOS App Store currently. According to market research firm Newzoo, the mobile industry was worth $34.8 billion in 2015.
Zynga‘s Wizard of Oz: Magic Match is available on the Amazon AppStore, iTunes App Store and Google Play for free.