Link4 from PlayMesh is an iPhone app that lets you play the classic connect four game on your iPhone or iPod touch live against other iPhone users. The gameplay is fun and simple. Just connect 4 of your pieces in any line to win. The strategy and planning that comes with the game is intense and online play makes the game quite exciting and addictive.
The first time you run Link4 it walks you through a series of setup steps where you pick your username and share some profile information like your sex, age group. Later on you can do more edits from the profile tab and even add an avatar.
The game starts out in the lobby where you have a chat room of Link4 users. Tap on the blue Play Link4 button to have the server find you an opponent automatically and tap a second time to enter the game. In the free version of the game you will have interstitial ads all over the place where you have to tap the screen to choose “Skip” or “No Thanks” in order to continue to where you were headed originally.
The board is classic yellow with black and red pieces. The game graphics are 3D, sharp and quite retro. The background music is surprisingly not annoying and actually adds to the playing experience here. Your profile is on the bottom and your opponent is on top. To drop your piece, just tap on the column you want and you see a slight highlight that shows where it will go, and let go to drop it in. If you change your mind just drag your finger away from the board. The sound effects are well programmed and realistic, like when a piece drops down from the top and hits other pieces.
While playing you can chat with your opponent, add them as a friend, see their profile information including ranking such as PlayMesh XP, Link4 XP, Rating, Games Played, Games Abandoned, Wins, Losses, and Draws.
The premium version of link4 removed the advertisements and gives you a special badge while you are in the chat mode. Both versions require a live internet connection to work as you are playing online, and are abandoned if you receive a phone call. You can change your orientation by turning off the orientation lock in the settings. Overall Link4 is a fantastic game with a large community of players waiting to battle you online. The graphics and sound effects are excellent and the replay value is quite high, especially when you have a quick 2 minutes to kill. Definitely check it out if you haven’t already.
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