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Sticks, a high speed Windows Phone card game that could drive you nuts

Sticks is a relatively new Windows Phone puzzle game that has you building sets and runs of playing cards. The multi-level game is full of challenges and an annoying game clock that never has enough time on it.

Available for low-memory Windows Phones, Sticks is a fast pace, somewhat addictive time waster of a game. While the game could use a little fine-tuning with regards to the ad banner, we think it's a puzzle game worth a look.

Simple menu, fast game play

The general gist of Sticks is that you are given a playing field full of assorted playing cards (including a wild card) and a small collection of combinations and runs that you have to find before the 90-second timer hits zero.

The main menu has options to start game play, launch the tutorial, view your trophies and achievements and access the game's settings (sound/music). While Stick's isn't a difficult game to pick up on, go ahead and take the few minutes to run through the game's tutorial. The game lacks a help or reference section and the tutorial does a nice job of covering scoring multipliers and combos.

Sticks is a multi-level game but you always start game play at the first level and work your way up the ranks. The game does start off a tad mild but by no means is the first level a cake walk.

Your gaming screen for Sticks has your score and lives displayed across the top of the screen, your level challenges or sticks listed in the bottom left corner of the screen and the timer sits in the bottom center of the game screen.

You are afforded ninety seconds to build each of the required sticks. Sticks can be anything from finding a run (or straight) from any suit, find four of the same card, find a run from the same suit, etc. You begin game play with four sticks to build and as you advance through the levels, more are added to the mix.

To create a stick, just tap on the cards you need and then tap the "GO" button at the bottom. As you remove the sticks from the playing field, additional cards are supplied from the top of the screen to keep the field populated with cards. Should you lack the necessary cards to build a stick, you can always build random sticks in hopes that the right card falls into play.

Once you have built all your sticks you get to spin a point's multiplier and then add to your score by collecting random sticks with the remaining time. As a general rule, the longer the stick the more points earned.

Should you run out of time and fail to create all the mandatory sticks, fear not. You do have a number of lives available and if you haven't used them all up, you will get a fresh 90 seconds to finish building your sticks.

Overall Impression

Sticks is a game that grows on you but there is room for improvement. I like the fast pace of the game, making Sticks well suited to help you pass short bits of time. The sticks are challenging and you'll be surprised how hard it is to find the necessary cards from the playing field.

The room for improvement is most noticeable with the ad banner. I understand that ad-support helps keep apps and games free but the banners should not obstruct your score. Narrow the game screen header and move the banner to the bottom of the screen out of the way.

Next item in the Suggestion Box is to restart game play where you left off. If you made it to level 4 before losing all your lives, it would be nice to return to the game at that level. Okay… that may be too nit picky but the ad banner does need to be re-positioned.

Overall, Sticks is a simple game that can drive you nuts. Currently there are no user reviews in the Windows Phone Store (we would score it in the 4 Star range) so if you give Sticks a try, be sure to head over to the Store and toss out your review. These reviews help developers see what they are doing right and what they need to work on.

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

39 Comments
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  • Looks nice :D
  • Looking stunning
  • Nice
  • Indeed
  • It was about time... Was waiting all day for an app or game to se and download :D
  • Just took this for a spin. I like it. The review is spot on as well. Banner needs to be fixed and would be nice to pick up where you left off. I'll be keeping this one
  • "a Windows Phone card game that will drive you nuts" well, it has driven me nuts, when i saw those ads there. I hate ads, i prefer to pay for the game
  • Games not bad. Maybe an option to pay to remove ads?
  • Waiting for aoe Xbox live.
  • +920
  • Game isn't bad, but on my ICON, it doesn't always recognize my taps
  • Cool
  • I have to touch each card 3 or 4 times before it selects them. Otherwise I love this game but that bug needs to be fixed.
  • Hello Allan, We have looked into the lag in tapping the cards issue, and have made some changes, including enabling multi-tap on the cards in the latest version of Sticks (2.0.42.0). we have so far have tested on the Lumia 635 and 1020. We are not sure what windows device you were using but if you could give sticks another go at it and let us know if your game experience hasn't gotten better,   thanks, and we really appreciate your feedback and support, sincerely, JKC Games
  • The game would be great if I hadn't to click 3 to 6 times to select a card. The touch is so irresponsive.
  • Hello punkJD, We have looked into the lag in tapping the cards issue, and have made some changes, including enabling multi-tap on the cards in the latest version of Sticks (2.0.42.0). we have so far have tested on the Lumia 635 and 1020. We are not sure what windows device you were using but if you could give sticks another go at it and let us know if your game experience hasn't gotten better,   thanks, and we really appreciate your feedback and support, sincerely, JKC Games
  • https://twitter.com/Salczak/status/511152253567135744/photo/1 Cortana in Poland ;)
  • I deleted it after the first start. I had to tap the screen like 10 times just to get to the main menu. The start button is not reacting at all, so I can't even try it. Well, to bad.
  • Hello Totto251,, We have looked into the lag in tapping the cards issue, and have made some changes, including enabling multi-tap on the cards in the latest version of Sticks (2.0.42.0). we have so far have tested on the Lumia 635 and 1020. We are not sure what windows device you were using but if you could give sticks another go at it and let us know if your game experience hasn't gotten better, Although the L635 and L1020 didn't previously show a significant lag, we would like to know what device you were using, thanks, and we really appreciate your feedback and support, sincerely, JKC Games
  • Game is unplayable
  • Hello mark, We have looked into the lag in tapping the cards issue, and have made some changes, including enabling multi-tap on the cards in the latest version of Sticks (2.0.42.0). we have so far have tested on the Lumia 635 and 1020. We are not sure what windows device you were using but if you could give sticks another go at it and let us know if your game experience hasn't gotten better, if you don't mind could you also let us know what device you were using? we have only a handful of windows phone devices that we tested with so it would really help us narrow down the issues. thanks, and we really appreciate your feedback and support, sincerely, JKC Games
  • Touch sucks on 1520, have to tap everything 2-8 times.
  • Hello tonysworldwv1, We have looked into the lag in tapping the cards issue, and have made some changes, including enabling multi-tap on the cards in the latest version of Sticks (2.0.42.0). we have so far have tested on the Lumia 635 and 1020. We are not sure what windows device you were using but if you could give sticks another go at it and let us know if your game experience hasn't gotten better,   thanks, and we really appreciate your feedback and support, sincerely, JKC Games
  • Hey, this is my buddies game - Awesome to see it on here. I told him about the article and the comments you guys are leaving. They're going to address these issues in an update. Thanks for your guys' feedback. Keep it coming!
  • Excellent. Can't wait for the update. My wife is gonna love this game.
  • Thanks for doing a review of our first game launch. Indeed there is room for improvement but we are excited that time is set aside to look at our game amidst the vast sea of games out there. We thank all those who have downloaded the game. We are currently looking into the ad size issue: Nokia Lumina 635, which was the tester phone we used did not appear to have the sizing issue, we are actively investigating and will have an update out soon, thanks!   we will be acquiring the other phone devices for testing, stay tuned...
  • Don't worry about the ad display.  You guys need to look into the tap response.  The game currently is completely unplayable.  You have to touch each card multiple times before it's selected.  If that doesn't get fixed, it won't matter if the ad is centered correctly or not.
  • Same on my L920. Would love to give it a try but I can't get past the start screen because the game is not responding to the touch input :/
  • Hi all, we will be looking into the Tap issue. We had been testing the lumia 1020 and 635 and did not experience tap issues. We will be analysing the Lumia 920, since it seems like the issue is with that particular model. in the mean time for those of you not on 920, version 39 has been submitted, which fixes the placement of the ad banner. for those of you on L920 please bear with us as we figure this thing out.   thanks,
  • So swing copter isn't driving me nuts enough?
  • Unplayable, tap not working. Very bad..
  • Hello rsuter We have looked into the lag in tapping the cards issue, and have made some changes, including enabling multi-tap on the cards in the latest version of Sticks (2.0.42.0). we have so far have tested on the Lumia 635 and 1020. We are not sure what windows device you were using but if you could give sticks another go at it and let us know if your game experience hasn't gotten better, if you don't mind, we would also like to know what device you were using, since we only have a handful of windows phone devices that we tested the game with. thanks, and we really appreciate your feedback and support, sincerely, JKC Games
  • For those that are having the tap issue, could you comment below what device you're using so we can let the dev know?
  • Nokia 920
  • Nokia 920
  • Nokia 920
  • Nokia 1520
  • Hi all, we are still looking at the Tapping / lagging issue on Lumia 920.   we have heard reports of people who have had a firmware update for their Lumia 920 and the problem went away. for those who have not upgraded their firmware http://www.nokia.com/ca-en/support/product/lumia920/ please try it let us know if this is still not working for you.   thanks,