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Riot Rings

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Riot Rings

We here at Pocket Gamer maintain our positions as lovers, not fighters.

But should we envision a full-blown riot kicking off in a zoo (rather than the streets of London) we couldn’t think of a more bizarre tactic to soothe the rampant creatures than Cervo Media has devised in Riot Rings.

Lower your batons and stow away your Molotovs, because Riot Rings asks you to fight fur with fur via an animal-flinging match-‘em-up puzzler with plenty of trimmings and polish.

I predict a riot

An array of zoo animals have bust out of their enclosures and are running riot. The only way to calm them down is to fire more animals at them until there are three-of-a-kind, causing the line to vanish.

Fortunately, whether they be monkeys, lions, or bunny rabbits, all the critters gather around into the titular rings.

If you were lucky enough to have played Zuma back when all iPods came with the ol’ clicky wheel, then you’re already halfway there with Riot Rings.

Flock and load

Firing by tapping the screen should make Riot Rings much easier than the wheel (or keys, or even mouse) made Zuma, but Cervo Media has relied on some novel game mechanics to add extra challenge.

Each ring comes with a lock and key at either end. Firing too many animals onto a ring without matching any up will cause the key to enter the lock. This spells doom, so weighing up your options carefully is a must.

There’s also the occasional boss stage. These take the form of massive bees that require a machine gun-style tap frenzy to clear from the stage.

Burning ring of fur

There are power-ups to utilise at various stages, including a stun dart that slows down the ring's movement and a handy rhino that charges around the screen obliterating any animals in his path.

There's even a missile that burns up animals for quick and easy dispatch (think Wile E. Coyote).

Riot Rings oozes cuddly charm. The backgrounds are vivid and colourful and the animals themselves are adorably animated. It’s massive, too, boasting 101 levels from launch, which should keep you busy until the promised update.

There are plenty of puzzle games on iPhone, many of them also resembling Zuma, but Riot Rings is a fun take on the formula with enough innovation and sufficiently attractive presentation to make it stand out.

Riot Rings

Riot Rings may not be as violent as its title suggests, but its huge amount of content, excellent polish, and addictive gameplay ensure it runs rings around its opposition
Matt Sakuraoka-Gilman
Matt Sakuraoka-Gilman
When Matt was 7 years old he didn't write to Santa like the other little boys and girls. He wrote to Mario. When the rotund plumber replied, Matt's dedication to a life of gaming was established. Like an otaku David Carradine, he wandered the planet until becoming a writer at Pocket Gamer.