About a year ago, the match-3 game “Scurvy Scallywags” from Beep Games got installed into my iTouch one afternoon. The RPG elements, simple game play, and charming story made the match-3 game even more addictive than the typical match-3 game to the point that I wasted enough time on “Scurvy Scallywags” to almost be declared legally dead.
Now “Scurvy Scallywags” is available on Android mobile devices and is free-to-play. Here's hoping that I'm not declared legally dead a second time while I tackle this match-3 game to seek treasure, fight monsters, and look for verses of some catchy shanties.
“Scurvy Scallywags” on Android plays pretty much like it did on an Apple product. I can just tell you to look at my older review of the match-3 game and take in an early lunch. All you need to do is match three of various items on the game screen to collect gold to spend on power-ups, swords to power yourself up to take on adjacent monsters, and other objects either to sell or as part of quests for gold. It's tied together with a quest to locate missing verses of the ultimate pirate shanty that unfolds like a bad play, which is what you're actually part of as an actor.
The subtle differences between the paid Apple version and the free-to-play Android version of “Scurvy Scallywags” lie in the power-ups. The paid version's power-ups are a one-time purchase with accrued gold that only require a cooldown between uses. The Android's free-to-play version also has a cooldown period for power-ups, but you pay for each use of them. This means that you have to be more careful about spending your gold in the free-to-play version to balance between survival and purchasing new power-ups. Or you can just make an in-game purchase with real money for an optional gold doubling boost. Also, health can be restored by literally waiting a day or with a large gold purchase. Given how often you'll find yourself surrounded by enemies and will need those power-ups to survive and the long healing time and the long healing time, that gold doubler purchase will look very tempting.
“Scurvy Scallywags” is a great match-3 game in any case. If the Android free-to-play formula works well enough, then expect to see it on iOS in the future.