Blueprint 3D Review

Blueprint 3D Review

Aug 9, 2013

Blueprint 3D is a very unusual puzzle game, featuring blueprints – the porn of engineering. Although, really, defining puzzle as “unusual” doesn’t mean anything nowadays, is it? How come that the genre that was initially the slowest to adapt new mechanics and ideas, is now the most wildly varied, and full of fresh, original, and totally awesome ideas? I suppose that the niche appeal of most of the puzzle games helps them keep innovation as the primary source of popularity. If that’s indeed so, I’m ready to completely abandon shooters this very second, just for the chance they start being interesting again.

Strangely, the core idea behind Blueprint 3D has nothing to do with the blueprints themselves, and the pictures in question could be absolutely anything. Still, technical drawing is a rare design choice for a videogame, so Blueprint 3D looks really fresh, even if somewhat simplistic. The game consists of hundreds of different blueprints for buildings and items of absolutely different types, divided into groups. Each of the blueprints in question is broken into dozen parts, and scattered around a three-dimensional space. The player’s task in each level is to “reconstruct” the blueprints from the array of parts, simply by turning the view around them, until the correct viewing angle is found, and the blueprint becomes whole again. The view can be turned by swiping the finger across the screen, and tilted – by swiping two fingers into different directions.

Blueprint 3D 1There are three different difficulty options in Blueprint 3D. The “easy” and “medium” options don’t differ much, but the “hard” option is something else. The array parts get divided into three “layers”, each layer being controlled differently. This means that the player only operates one third of the complete picture at a time, so finding the correct angle and position is three times more difficult. This essentially makes it a different game, and one for the most patient. To say the truth, it was a bit too frustrating for me to try and complete most of the blueprints on this difficulty, although it largely depends on the blueprint.

Overall, Blueprint 3D offers a challenging, exciting, or relaxing puzzle experience – that’s depending on the difficulty, and whether getting three stars for each blueprint is a goal, or not. It’s very simple, but at the same time – very unusual game, and I liked it quite a lot. I certainly recommend it to puzzle fans, or simply people interested in unusual games.

Blueprint 3D Review Rundown

7.5
Graphics/Sound - Unusual design choice. Otherwise - nice, but unimpressive.
8
Controls - Simple and nice. There's a much-needed sensitivity option in the preferences.
8.5
Gameplay - Simple, challenging, and unusual.
8.5
Replay Value - I've played for quite a while, without being bored, and there are more levels promised in the future.
8
Overall - A great puzzle with a simple idea, and interesting design.

Download: App available at the Google Play Store »

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