Frozen: Free Fall is a match 3 game consisting of 465 unique levels. On each level there is a different layout or a different goal, such as reaching the required points before you run out of moves or time, dropping special items to the bottom of the screen, or removing all frost, ice and snow from the board.
On August 27, 2014, the summer map is released, currently consisting of 180 further levels. Tapping the Olaf icon (captioned "SUMMER") after reaching level 285 on the winter map to switch to the summer map after a short animation. To switch back, simply tap the Elsa icon on the summer map.
Frozen: Free Fall has a tendency to use contradictory terminology.
The common objects that comes in six colors and are destroyed by making a match are sometimes called a tile and other times a crystal. As "tile" has a separate meaning of the square used to hold an object or the special obstacles, "crystal" or "ice crystal" is generally used to refer to the objects.
The special crystals made by matching crystals in a cross/T-shaped pattern (Iceberg), in a line of four (Windchill) or in a line of five or more (Glacier) are called charms or power-ups. As power-ups are also used to refer to the character specific power accessed outside the board, they are generally referred to as charms. To add further to the confusion, Elsa's power-up has the same icon as the Glacier charm, and Olaf's Gift turns crystals into charms but is referred to as power-ups.
Free Fall has several game modes, each of which challenges you in a different way:
TARGET SCORE: In this game mode you have a limited number of switches before running out of moves. If you use up all your moves before reaching the score required to earn at least one star, you will fail the level.
FROST/SNOW: In this mode the board is covered in frost or snow. If you still have frost or snow left when you run out of moves, you will fail the level.
SPECIAL ITEMS: In this game mode, special items such as tiaras and orbs will appear on the board at various points throughout the level. On the side of the board you'll see how many of each special item you need to collect. If you do not collect all the special items (bring them to the bottom of the board) before running out of moves, you will fail the level.
BEAT THE CLOCK: In this mode, you have a restricted amount of time in which to finish the level. If the time runs out before you've earned the required points, you will fail the level.
ELIMINATION: In this game mode, you need to destroy a number of specified ice crystals. If you run out of moves before reaching the number, you will fail the level.
ICE BLAST: In this mode, you must trigger the ice blast tile a certain number of times by making a match next to it. This is complicated by the fact every trigger causes all nearby tiles to turn to snow.
BLIZZARD: In this mode, random tiles would be frosted every three moves. If the tile already has the maximum layers of frost, it will become locked in ice.
Charms are special crystals created by aligning more than 3 crystals of the same colours at once. Charms can be activated by aligning them into another match, or swapping them with another charm for increased effects.
If the criteria of multiple charms are met in one match, charms are created in priority of bottom to top on this list, although in some cases both will be created.
The most common charm, a windchill is created by matching 4 crystals in a row. When activated, they destroy all crystals in a line. The direction is determined by the direction of movement when the match 4 was created, and is denoted by a glowing line on the windchill.
Upon reaching the stage's goal, if there are moves left "Free Fall" would activate, turning random crystals into Windchills (same as the number of moves left) and triggering them.
An iceberg is created by making two joined matches of 3 crystals (of the same colour) at once. Upon activation, they immediately destroy crystals in a 3x3 area around them. They are unique in that they do not disappear at that point; they wait until the crystals have settled before unleashing a same explosion.
Created by matching 5 or more crystals in a row, a Glacier, unlike the other charms, do not have a colour and is represented by a white snowflake. Upon activation, it destroys all crystals of the same colour of the crystal it is swapped with.
- When a Windchill is swapped with another Windchill, they explode in a cross pattern, destroying all crystals in a line. This is beneficial when they are of the same direction and on the same level, as one would otherwise be wasted if the other is triggered.
- When a Windchill is swapped with an Iceberg, they explode in a thick cross pattern, destroying all crystals in three lines in both directions.
- When two Icebergs are swapped with each other, they each explode at the same time, twice, destroying all tiles in a 5x5 area around each Iceberg. This is more noticeable if one of them fell onto an obstacle, as the overlap would be smaller and more crystals will be destroyed.
- When an Iceberg is swapped with a Glacier, ALL crystals of the Iceberg's colour will be turned into an Iceberg and immediately triggered. Note that this type of Iceberg only explodes once.
- When a Windchill is swapped with a Glacier, ALL crystals of the Windchill's colour will be turned into a randomly-directional Windchill and immediately triggered. This is often the most powerful effect, as Glacier-Icebergs only explode once, Windchills' line of explosion often reaches where Icebergs can't, and as the Windchills are activated in waves instead of all at once, it could destroy more than one full board of crystals, making it stronger than two Glaciers.
- When two Glaciers are swapped with each other, they release a barrage of white beams that targets and destroys ALL crystals on the board.
Special tiles often appear in stages to hinder progress. Clearing them is usually the objective of the stage.
Upon triggering, charms will clear or trigger (at least one stage of) any tile in its area of effect, with the exception of Blank, Ghost, and Cauldron tiles, as well as inactive Holiday Lights.
Acts like a normal tile, being the only special tile that does not block movement, except that making a match on them clears frost. The explosions of charms does clear frost in every tile it hits, even if said tile doesn't have an ice crystal. This may have to be done several times. The whiter the frost tile is, the more times it has to be done.
A crystal is held in a block of ice, which cannot be moved. By making a match with the crystal within, the ice is destroyed, but the crystal remains.
They block movement like ice but does not contain a crystal. They are destroyed by making a match in an adjacent tile. This may need to be done up to five times, depending on the type of the snow block. Size-1 (only takes 1 match to destroy) to size-5 (takes 5 matches to fully destroy) can be told apart by looking at the blue part in the middle of the block. Size-1 tiles has the biggest blue portion, while size-5 tiles are completely white.
Not to be confused with an empty tile, which is a normal tile that does not currently hold a crystal because of other obstacles, blank tiles can't hold any crystal in any form, and is an absolute obstruction that cannot be removed in any way.
Freezer tiles will continuously freeze nearby tiles, turning them into freezer tiles as well and destroying the crystal. They always priorities normal crystals over charms. They can be broken the same way as snow tiles. They will not regenerate if every single freezer tile is destroyed.
Wolf tiles can be destroyed by making matches next to them, but unlike all other tiles, their positions change randomly every move (after all crystals have settled, not immediately after swapping, allowing you to do multiple moves without them changing positions). Reshuffling due to no matches being possible does not change their positions. They are first encountered in level 97.
Unlike all other special tiles, wolves can randomly appear inside blank tiles, even in tiles just outside the board's boundaries.
Sun tiles grows when a match is made next to it, otherwise it will fade out. When fully grown it will explode. They are first encountered in level 121.
It takes two matches in a row or three moves without a match for a sun tile to explode or fade. This can go back and forth as long as it doesn't reach "+2" or "-3" on its scale. Upon explosion, a sun tile destroys all ice crystals in a diamond shape 5 tiles wide.
Sun tiles fall naturally like normal ice crystals.
The ice blast tile can be triggered by making a match next to it; however, they will turn all surrounding tiles into size-1 snow in the same shape of a sun tile explosion. If an affected tile already has snow, it increases in size. They are first encountered in level 121. They must be triggered a set number of times to pass the level.
Unlike other tiles, charms are triggered upon being destroyed by the ice blast. Ice blasts are stationary and cannot be moved by any situation.
Marshmallow tiles must be dropped off the board like special items or two matches must be made next to them. However, if two matches are made next to a Marshmallow tile, he would roar and cause tiles to be covered in snow, and already snowed tiles to increase in size. There is a degree of randomness regarding the tiles affected, but it depends on the level. Note than Marshmallow will still roar if you drop him off the board by making a second match next to him.
Unlike special items, the Marshmallow tile can be swapped with another crystal, only one Marshmallow tile can appear on the board at any time, and it will not respawn until after all tiles have fully settled.
Marshmallow is first encountered in level 166.
Trolls must be woken up by making three matches. They change positions after every move like wolves, but they only move one of two tiles at a time, and only downwards unless a match is made next to them, in which case they move away from it, unless a match is made on top of them, in which case they do not move at all. However, unlike Marshmallow, they are lost if they fall from the bottom of the board.
Not to be confused with the Trolls companion, mentioned below.
Troll tiles are first encountered in level 198.
Fires must be lit by making three matches next to them. After being lit, upon any further trigger, sparks fly from a fire to add one to the counters of fires as well as destroying all crystals in five nearby tiles (top, left, right, top right and top left).
Fires that are lit would permanently stay lit, unlike sun tiles.
Fires do not move under any circumstances.
Windows must be opened by making two matches next to it on different sides, which adds a layer of frost to nearby tiles.
Making a match next to an orange whirlpool would cause the crystal or special item above the corresponding blue whirlpool to fall into it and reappear under the orange whirlpool.
Whirlpools are first encountered in level 5 of the summer map.
Making a match next to a sailboat would cause it to move in a straight line in the opposite direction and off the screen. When hit by multiple matches, charms, or other sailboats however, they seem to just move in a random direction. Sailboats can be moved like normal tiles.
Sailboats are first encountered in level 10 of the summer map.
Ghosts will eat adjacent or diagonal tiles of the same colour, disappearing after eating 10 crystals.
Ghosts are first encountered in level 33 of the summer map.
Cauldron are 1 by 2 tiles that will be filled by candies falling on top of it. After taking 4 pieces, they will disappear.
Cauldrons are first encountered in level 45 of the summer map.
Holiday Lights are lit by making matches next to them, but they must be lit in a specific order. They would only be lit if they are the current single light that is blinking.
Holiday Lights are first encountered in level 91 of the summer map.
Holiday Ornaments are special colored tiles that could be used to make matches just like every other normal tile. They can be used to make normal charms. A single Glacier can be swapped with a normal tile to destroy ornaments of that colour, but a Glacier cannot be swapped with a ornament to do the same. A combo of two Glaciers will destroy them just like all other tiles. However, they will not be turned into Windchills or Icebergs by a Glacier/Windchill or Glacier/Iceberg combo.
They would not be moved if no more moves are possible and a shuffle is made.
Holiday Ornaments are first encountered in level 96 of the summer map.
Balloons can be popped by making matches next to them.
Balloons are first encountered in level 136 of the summer map.
Fireworks can be pushed in the opposite direction by making a match next to them, destroying all crystals in their way and bouncing back if they hit an obstacle. They always bounce back to the same spot, unless they have traveled too far, in which case they move up to about 7 tiles. In other words, they will destroy less crystals if pushed into a close wall.
They disappear upon collecting 5 crystals of its own color.
Fireworks are first encountered in level 147 of the summer map.
Companions are Frozen characters that appears in a stage and offer a limited amount of powers ups. The appearance of the companions closely follow the storyline of the film.
Players start the first few levels with child Kristoff, who doesn't offer a power-up. Afterwards, all levels have at least one companion and their associated power-up for the player to choose from.
The child and adult versions of Anna and Elsa offer the same power-ups.
Anna's torch melts away 8 crystals in a line.
Young Anna first appears on level 8, while adult Anna first appears on level 37.
Elsa can destroy all crystals of the chosen color.
Young Elsa first appears on level 9, while adult Elsa first appears on level 38. Adult Elsa's icon and model have her in her "Snow Queen" garb, even before she leaves Arendelle.
Pabbie chooses a random power up or item.
He is also one of the only two companions who can be seen on the map, along with Olaf.
First appears on level 24.
Hans slashes crystals with his sword.
He first appears on level 42.
Kristoff destroys 6 frost or blocker tiles with his pickaxe.
Young Kristoff first appears on level 1 (but does not offer any power-ups), while adult Krisoff first appears on level 81.
Sven's carrot destroys 9 random blocker tiles.
He first appears on level 92.
Olaf's hot chocolate melts selected tiles and all tiles directly under it. He first appears on level 111.
A second and separate power-up, peek-a-boo, is unlocked on the level 32 on the summer map. It is accessed with a different Olaf portrait. It allows unlimited moves while the time lasts.
Olaf's sneeze is unlocked by collecting a set of 10 items (dropping them to the bottom of the board) over a wide range of summer levels. When used, it clears the entire board.
Olaf's gift turns 5 tiles into special tiles. It is unlocked on level 92 of the summer map.
Olaf's party blowout turns 5 tiles into one-explosion icebergs. It is unlocked on level 137 of the summer map.
Each Troll Roll breaks two rows of ice crystals of your choice. They first appear on level 201.
Collectibles are themed special items. Upon collecting a set of 10 different items from a certain range of levels, the player receives a one-off reward.
Note that currently there is a glitch that causes collectibles to display "0 free power-ups" upon collecting all items in one set.
Found in level 1 to level 30. Collecting all 10 unlocks Olaf's Sneeze and award's 5 free power-ups.
Found in level 31 to level 60. Collecting all 10 awards 7 free power-ups.
Found in level 61 to level 90. Collecting all 10 awards 10 free ice picks, which destroys a single tile of your choosing.
Found in level 91 to level 135. Collecting all 10 awards 3 free snowballs, which adds 5 moves to a level.
Found in level 136 to level 180. Collecting all 10 awards 5 free character power-ups.
The Anniversary Challenge (which is only playable with an internet connection) is a series of 15 bonus levels. Players are given unlimited lives to play these levels, and there is a reward for completing every three level. Stars achieved in the challenge do not add to the total star count.
- Level 3: 2 lives
- Level 6: 1 hourglass
- Level 9: 1 ice pick
- Level 12: 1 snowball
- Level 15: 1 character power-up
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