The Blockheads Review

The Blockheads Review

Oct 23, 2013

Everybody. I have a confession to make. I have never played Minecraft or any other ‘crafting’ game. I simply didn’t see the appeal. It always seemed like a cop-out to me. “Make your own fun, do what you want” seemed like a lazy excuse for a lack of gameplay or objectives.

Turns out I was wrong. But you knew that already, right?

The Blockheads is essentially a ‘made-for-mobile’ version of Minecraft. Yes, I’m aware that Minecraft already is on mobiles, but The Blockheads isn’t just on mobiles, it’s for mobile devices.

Every design decision was taken with mobile devices in mind. The fact that the game takes place on a 2D plane is a move that means we don’t have to deal with awkward ‘analogue stick on the screen’ controls. Instead, you tap the block that you want your character to move to and they do it.

Sometimes it can be a little fiddly selecting items from your inventory and moving things from your person into a chest, but this will vary depending on what you’re playing on. On my Nexus 4, it was a pain, on my Nexus 7, not an issue.

Another great feature that shows the developers had mobile devices in mind is the fact you can queue tasks for your character to do. This is really handy as some of the more advanced tools take a while to craft. In fact, you can queue commands, switch out of the app (check on your email, send a tweet) and then when you come back in, the game lets you know what’s been done since you last looked.Blockheads2

Whilst it’s easy to get around the world and to use the different tools you’ll come across and craft, the real question has to be ‘what is the game’. Well, as with the open-ended nature of Minecraft, The Blockheads is whatever you want it to be.

Are you keen on making loads of money to trade with other in multiplayer? Do you want to build a cool looking fort? Perhaps the built-in achievements will give you something to aim for. Fact is, whatever you set your sites on, the game plays so well that it’ll be a joy to achieve.

One issue that can make the game a little less joyous is the number of adverts that pop-up. Sometimes, if you leave the game running in the background, it seems as if the game queues up a whole bunch of adverts for you. For example, if you’re playing in real-time, you’ll see an advert every 10 minutes or so. However, if you’re like me and leave the game running all day in the background (whoops) this means you get a flood of adverts to make up for the hours you’ve been ‘playing’.

Other than that, this game is pretty much flawless. A great control scheme makes exploring the randomly generated world a breeze. There’s a huge amount of materials to craft from and tools to create. The Blockheads is a game that will give you as much as you put in.

The Blockheads Review Rundown

8.5
Sound & Graphics - Great presentation with some really interesting pieces of classical music thrown in to.
9.0
Gameplay - Huge depth to the game with tons of possibilities when it comes to crafting.
8.5
Controls - Extremely well designed with mobile devices in mind. Some issues when playing on a small screen aside, very well implemented controls.
9.5
Replay Value - Randomly generated worlds that are huge. There's also multiplayer to keep you busy for a long time to come.
9.0
Overall - An extremely well made crafting game that has a huge number of items to make. Designed with mobile devices, it works incredibly well and is a joy to play.

Download: App available at the Google Play Store »

Matt Parker
A lover of all things gaming, Matt is a programmer by day and a writer by night. Also big into sports, he professes to having no skill at any of them and instead mostly watches them being played.
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