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Free-to-play 'Scurvy Scallywags' brings addictive game to Android

Scurvy Scallywags


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.

Title image for "Scurvy Scallywags."
Beep Games, used with permission.

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.