Minecraft-like free-to-play cubic survival simulator, The Blockheads, has been updated with a ton of new features. Among them are new blocks: stone and metal, elevators, paintings, lots of new creatures, portals for trading and much more. The game is available for free from here: The Blockheads on Google Play.
Everybody. I have a confession to make. I have never played Minecraft or any other â€˜craftingâ€™ game. I simply didnâ€™t see the appeal. It always seemed like a cop-out to me. â€œMake your own fun, do what you wantâ€ 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 â€˜made-for-mobileâ€™ version of Minecraft. Yes, Iâ€™m aware that Minecraft already is on mobiles, but The Blockheads isnâ€™t just on mobiles, itâ€™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 â€˜analogue stick on the screenâ€™ 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 youâ€™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 whatâ€™s been done since you last looked.
Whilst itâ€™s easy to get around the world and to use the different tools youâ€™ll come across and craft, the real question has to be â€˜what is the gameâ€™. 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 itâ€™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 youâ€™re playing in real-time, youâ€™ll see an advert every 10 minutes or so. However, if youâ€™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 youâ€™ve been â€˜playingâ€™.
Other than that, this game is pretty much flawless. A great control scheme makes exploring the randomly generated world a breeze. Thereâ€™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 most interesting thing about The Blockheads is that it’s more of a strategy game than an action-survival one like Minecraft and the like, thanks in part to the fact that players essentially give commands to the blockhead that they control, and can eventually control multiple blockheads. It’s a different take, and it actually works great for mobile because it’s possible to queue up multiple actions.
Unlike most iOS-to-Android ports, The Blockheads comes fully-featured. In fact, the game launches with the 1.4 update that the iOS version is getting on the same day today – this includes a new HD texture mode, trains, new crafting recipes, and more. Check out the first moments of the game below, and then download the game for yourself from Google Play.