Jul 1, 2013
Block Block BlockÂ is a game about blocks. Lots and lots of blocks. The goal is quite simple: in the limited number of moves, make sure there are no blocks remaining. This is done by swiping them around, swapping places, trying to make a sequence of at least three to make them disappear, though four and five and cross-matches work as well. If there are blocks left over when all the moves are used up, itâ€™s failure for the player, though a quick restart is all it takes to get back in to things. Hints are available for those who just want the solution to levels, though these are more â€œshowing the player how to solve the puzzleâ€ than a â€œhintâ€ per se.
There are six level packs, each introducing their own challenge, though the sixth level pack seems to just be based around the idea of â€œbeing really difficult.â€ Otherwise, level packs are based around blocks like fixed ones that standard blocks must be moved around, wildcard blocks that often must be used in mulitple matches each, and arrow blocks that will move constantly in one direction unless impeded.
I appreciate that the game decides to eschew any kind of artificial ranking system in favor of just completion being the determining factor here. Figuring out some of the more challenging puzzles is hard enough without trying to go for three stars! Here, thereâ€™s just one star, the â€œYou succeeded!â€ star. It feels good to get that star. There is an achievement for solving some puzzles in fewer than the prescribed number of moves, but thereâ€™s no special indicator for it other than â€œhey, hereâ€™s a couple extra hints for breaking the game. Good job!â€
Itâ€™s that relentless simplicity that makesÂ Block Block BlockÂ really clever. The visuals and music are part of a minimalist package that all serves as a perfect theme for the game. Only the advertisements really intrude on the minimalism, serving as noise, but they can be removed. Hey, itâ€™s a free game and at least theyâ€™re out of the way at the bottom. Additional hints can be bought with IAP, but they can be earned too.Theyâ€™re literally a â€œpay to winâ€ mechanism but not one where playersÂ mustÂ pay to win, which is the difference.
Block Block Blockâ€™s simple minimalist puzzle gameplay is great for puzzle fans looking for something to do while waiting for theirÂ Candy Crush SagaÂ lives to restore, or for those that want a low-cost time-waster.