jBlocks: iPhone App Written Review
Just when we think we’ve seen every style of match three game in existence, someone comes up with a new way to play up this classic, addictive game style. This time it’s developer Glosculptor’s matching masterpiece, jBlocks, that caught our eye. In this app you immerse yourself in an underwater world where unique extras make matching three or more a bit different than you’ve ever seen it before.
In this game whenever three items with the same color and shape are connected a simple tap will clear them from your screen. As you play new lines of items appear at the top of the screen, and you play this matching game until one of the game pieces reaches the bottom of the screen.
Of course, it’s a bit more complex than that. Utilizing the two arrow buttons at the bottom of the screen or your iPhone’s accelerometer, you can slide game pieces to the left and right. This not only ups the difficulty when the game gets faster, it also creates entirely new patterns and matching options. It adds an extra level of strategy, and a new one at that.
Then there are the boosts, which range from exploding shells to unique gold pieces that erase entire lines in an instant. It was a bit tricky to figure out that that’s what those odd items were for. The jBlocks iPhone app could really use a tutorial or at least a few explanatory pop ups the first time you play.
Once you get the hang of the game check out the Game Center leader boards and see if you can earn your place among the best. There are also toggle settings for the app’s music and soundboard.
Layout & Design:
Despite rehashing some familiar themes, the art and design work of the jBlocks iPhone app is pretty unique. We can honestly say we’ve never seen a game where you match sea shells and doughnuts simultaneously. It’s all part of jBlocks’ charm.
We were also impressed with the app’s great use of all different types of iOS devices. JBlocks is truly universal. It looks beautiful on the iPhone’s retina display and makes full use of the iPad’s larger screen space.
JBlocks iPhone app is ad supported, which means it is free to download and enjoy as long as you don’t mind a couple banner ads. It also has a large direct link on the app’s homepage to additional offerings from the developer, so while the price is most definitely right this may not be an ideal app for young children.
Still, it’s hard to beat free, especially when the game has such potential. We definitely suggest giving jBlocks a try.
jBlocks iPhone app requires iOS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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