Some recipes just work. It doesn't matter how many times you indulge, there is something moreish about the combination of ingredients once they are put together. Match-three puzzler Cookie Jam serves up this deliciously sweet familiarity. Though dragging desserts around a screen to make lines of three offers no surprises, here it is dished out with enough sugar and spice to keep you coming back for another bite.
If anything surprises you about Cookie Jam, then you are clearly not versed in the formula of match-three puzzle games like Candy Crush Saga. Create horizontal or vertical lines of three or more cookies of the same color, and then watch as they vanish from the board, causing all above to tumble down in the gap formed by their disappearance.
In Cookie Jam’s case, lines are created by swapping cookie's position on the game's grid. This is done by simply touching the desired snack and dragging it in one of the four ordinal directions. So, switch a red cookie with a yellow one to make it touch two other reds, and watch as the board rearranges itself.
It is simple stuff, but controls well with the slow pace of play ensuring that any issues you may run into can be corrected for before a mistake is made.
Cookie Jam's changes to the genre's standard formula are tiny, but enough to make a difference. Rather than boards being endless high-score chasing affairs, you have to disappear a set number of specific colored cookies to match a recipe. Other colors are a nice bonus to your score, but with a set number of moves, lining up the required cookies quickly is the main focus.
Finishing with moves to spare causes super cookies to be added to the gird. This special snacks erase whole lines of treats to increase your score before the round finishes. Similar power snacks can also be created by forming combos of 4 and 5, or by creating a T shape of cookies during play.
To really set the game off, it has sickly sweet aesthetic made up of bold primary colors. There is even a French chef providing an accented voice over. Tres Bien!
While I may have basically played Cookie Jam 100 times before, this match-three mix is still delicious.