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WindowsGame Tunnel (Apr 12, 2005)
This is an excellent puzzle game, and you definitely should play the free trial version to experience it yourself. Big Kahuna Reef is never frustrating and never unfair, the time limits are generous yet challenging, and there is even a "Relaxed Play" mode if you like it slow. The general mood of the game is just like a vacation on Hawaii - now where did I leave my Caipirinha and my sunglasses?
WindowsPIB (Programmer In Black) (Dec 30, 2005)
A great and addicting little puzzle game. It's one of the most interesting of the 'match three' type games that I've played. The original download has 100 normal levels to complete, and once you do, you unlock a bonus 50 levels to play. The game is suitable for young or old, anyone who likes a bit of a challenge. Rated 5 of 5 stars.
WindowsGameSpot (Aug 25, 2005)
Big Kahuna Reef takes a lot of cues from Bejeweled, but the game offers a surprising amount of challenge and depth throughout its 100 levels to keep you engaged. Though the basic gameplay merely involves swapping marine-themed icons to match three in a row and clear them, the varying shapes of the playing boards as you move from level to level give the game great challenge.
MacintoshInside Mac Games (IMG) (May 04, 2006)
Big Kahuna Reef is one of those simple yet very addictive games. It is simple in the sense that there aren't a lot of rules, tables, or stats to try to memorize. However, I don't mean to imply that it is simplistic. This game offers a goodly amount of challenge as well as a reward for your good work. It's a great pass-time game, when all you really want to do is relax with a little challenge and great graphics to boot.
WindowsGameinatrix (Mar 23, 2005)
Ever since the days of Dr. Mario on the NES, Columns on the Sega Genesis, and IQ on the Playstation, I have always had an attraction to games of similar premis. More recently I have been enjoying the Popcap Game’s Bejewled. This time around, on Gameblast I decided to try a game called “Big Kahuna Reef”. This game is probably the closest I have played to a console puzzle game in a while. The music, sound effects, and visuals are all incredibly done.
WindowsGameZebo (May 12, 2008)
Big Kahuna Reef is a fun match-three game with many great looking, replayable levels and a cute theme that doesn't get annoying. Plus, the screen saver mode is a nice addition, not to mention the nearly endless supply of downloadable, user-created levels. It's definitely worth a download, though pay attention to the click and the tide when playing, otherwise you might be unexpectedly swept out to sea.
J2MEPocket Gamer UK (Oct 26, 2006)
To sum up, Big Kahuna Reef is a fairly challenging puzzle game that raises the water level just over the 'above average mark' but it's missing that something special. There's definitely better out there, but if you're one of the many fans of the web-based original then you may well love this more than the rest.