Azkend has a lot going for it, with wonderful graphics and animations, and a storyline that involves earning pieces of talismans that provide powerful explosions, lighting bolts, and other animated effects during the matching games. Instead of swapping icons, you click and hold your mouse button, and form chains of matching icons, which is easy (as long as there are icons to match!), quick to play, and a lot of fun. The game play is also a little different in that instead of square tiles, they are hexagon-shaped, so the chaining goes off at angles instead of the usual horizontal and vertical directions, which requires you to think a little bit more. My only beef with the game, and the reason it lost a star, is that it has a timer that cannot be turned off. While I did well playing against the timer, and only had to repeat a few levels a few times, I just don't like the stress of playing against a timer. I would have bought the game if the timer were optional.