Big Money Review
Big Money is a fast-paced action game by Astraware combing logic and speed with a capitalistic theme
The object of the game is to tap on groups of three or more colored coins so they disappear. While you're getting rid of the pieces, new rows keep forming underneath. You have to keep removing coins so the columns don't reach the top. If any of the columns do reach the top and there is no room for a new row, the game is over.
Not only are you trying to keep the columns from reaching the top, you're also trying to boost your score and gather money bags so you can reach the next level. The bigger the group of coins, the more points you get, and the closer you are to earning a money bag. The money bags drop down when you remove groups at a rate steady enough to fill up a bar along the left side. To remove the bag, just clear the coin directly below it.
Occasionally dollar signs appear as well, and they are removed in the same way the money bags are. When a dollar sign is removed all of the coins of the same color as the one it was resting on are removed from the board.
There are three difficulty settings: easy, normal and hard. Each level starts with a different speed and is set to give a different amount of points for each combination.
Although the graphics don't make anyone gasp in awe, they certainly aren't bad . . . in color. The color version is clear, easy to see, and nonabrasive on the eye. In simple, it's great in color.
Now, on a grayscale device, it is a completely different story! The pieces are very difficult to read, and it makes your eyes hurt just to play it. The pieces are actually filled with dollars signs, yen, and the like. A very cute idea, but much better in theory than in practice.
As all other Astraware games do, Big Money has the option to display the time and the battery level. Small factors, but really useful when you are deep in the middle of the game and need to make sure you're not late for a 4:00 meeting.†
Big Money also has a high score board, and a rather cute series of titles for various point brackets. The program is quite small, just a smidge above 100k.Unfortunately, the program chews through battery life, so you'll find your Palm spending more time in the charger.
Big Money is a fast-paced game and provides a lot of fun, even when you have a little bit of time. If you have a color device it is highly worth it. But if your Palm is monochrome, don't even bother!