Aug 6, 2013
Blitz Block Robo is a newish pick-3 game sporting retro clothes.
The have is relatively easy to traverse, but it’s still great that it has a cool, optional tutorial section. It gives pointers with regards to how the game works, and how to maximize scoring.
And it works quite well; the game is, as noted, a match-3 deal, but one that involves squares. The squares come on several different colors in the passing grid, and the key is finding (and creating) sets of three or more adjacent squares. Interestingly, there is a lot of user interaction, as tapping sets of three classes the selection, and there is also the ability to use features to slide boxes into open space to facilitate more matches.
But wait. There’s more.
The open space that is necessary to manipulate square positioning isn’t infinite; the game engine fills up the space randomly, so quick decision-making is definitely a plus, lest the entire grid gets filled up and kills all chances for movement. And oh yeah… there is a countdown clock, meaning all the sliding and tapping has to be done very quickly to maximize the point output.
Another cool element is the presence of unique squares. The usual arcade staples are here: multipliers, dead blocks, spinners and others. When used effectively, even the hindrances add to the fun of the game.
The game includes some social networking compatibility, and the high score recording is a great self-challenge. It is also nice that the developer caters to different types of player temperaments by providing three levels of difficulty… easy, normal and hard. I thought the controls were a bit iffy, and that was after trying them on a few different devices. As the gameplay is a race against the clock, this is a bit dismal, but the developer notes that on Google Play that a fix is on the way.
Cool game, simple concept, nice graphics. 2013 is the year of the re-thought match 3.