Shift Shaft 9+

Match 3 with a twist

William Katz

Designed for iPad

    • 4.9 • 131 Ratings
    • $2.99



Shift Shaft puts a fresh spin on the classic match-3 genre by adding board rotation. The result is a mind-bending strategic puzzle game that provides hours of enjoyment.

“What really blew my mind with Shift Shaft and the main thing that makes it feel unlike any other game out there is your ability to rotate the entire board at will. It sounds simple but this changes everything… This is truly a thinking person’s matching game.”
- Jared Nelson,

A match & rotate puzzle
Manipulate your player and the board by rotating it and clearing groups of 3 or more rocks.

Build up your player
Collect and spend gems to upgrade your stats and unlock over 30 different items during each run.

Explore the underground world
Go up against 5 unique enemies and the gem-eating spider to uncover the world beneath the mines.

No ads & no in-app purchases
Play for as long you'd like with no ads or pay walls.

What’s New

Version 0.8.4

Minor visual bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
131 Ratings

131 Ratings

RaevynReaper ,

Super love this game!

From my AppRaven review-

This is a pretty cool match game! I’ve not played one with a rotating board mechanic like this, and it definitely makes you think a little more than your standard match three game. It does have roguelite progression, so you’re expected to die to be able to progress further. If that’s not something you’re into, you might still find some interest in the rotating board mechanic.

Your main goal is to make it to the mine shaft to descend another level. In each level, you have goals to reach to unblock the mine shaft. These include killing enemies, collecting a certain amount of the colored rocks, among other goals. You use the rotating board to help you make your way towards or away from enemies, rewards, power ups, and the mine shaft. The board rotates by sliding either left or right on a hieroglyphic bar at the bottom of the board, and you have to keep in mind what’s around you as you rotate.

Once you die, you respawn back at the main menu to use gems you collected to power up before your next run.

All in all, I’m pretty impressed and really enjoy the graphics, too. I’m stoked to see what the future may hold for this game. It’s got potential, for sure.

WRS15743 ,

Great! Plz add mid-run save if app quit

Everything about this game is awesome, from the great design, good tutorial, clever concept (that no one has ever done before), to fair monetizing with no ads or IAP. I applaud the developer for this. The game is also good on storage and battery. I also appreciate the no data collection.

I only docked one star because if you close the app mid-run it doesn’t save. I know it’ll save if you keep it open in the background, but some of us have to turn our phones off, or we only have a few minutes here and there to play, so not saving at any given moment makes me play less because I’m afraid I won’t be able to finish. I hope you can add at least a menu option to save before quitting. I’ll play a lot more often if you can do that.

Great game overall, though, and I do recommend it!

Crot3000 ,

More gems!!

Unique game rogue-like play mechanic. The rotating is really unique. First few levels feel like candy crush remix and then the puzzle play kicks in. Building the players base stats by collecting gems gives each run a purpose, even if I didn’t make it to the boss level. Have unlocked most items at this point and still cant put it down.

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