AstroPop Deluxe is one of the seemingly forgotten and less popular PopCap games that was a match-four before the days of money grabbing mobile games. It still has that 90s feel while also easily appealing to those who have only ever played these sorts of strategy games outside of the mobile market, and still holds up fairly well to this day, as it usually is with PopCap's titles.
You start out by playing as one of two astronauts, each of them going out to save one of the other two astronauts available. The 'story' itself only takes a couple hours to get through, detailing the quest of the two starter characters to save their friends, after which endless mode unlocks. Each character has a special ability that can be unlocked to help you clear waves of ever increasing and ever changing blocks. The gameplay is fairly simple, attach colored blocks from the playing field to your spaceship and launch them at other blocks to make a match, clearing the path for your ship to move forward. Certain blocks have special abilities to help you clear your way, and other blocks only exist to halt your progress further. AstroPop is one of those games that goes on endlessly, as long as you have the skill to keep up with levels that increase in difficulty.
Developer: PopCap Games, Inc.
Publisher: PopCap Games, Inc.
Release Date: 30 Aug, 2006
Genre: Casual, Puzzle