Blocks Up: iPhone App Written Review
Do you like classic arcade games? Better yet, are you a dedicated Tetris freak? If so, then boy do we have an app for you! If you’re looking for the 2.0 edition of the age old Russian classic, then download Blocks Up by developer AppTouch. The game adds plenty of new twists to a mechanic we love, spicing up the now outdated gameplay with some much needed additions. If your interest has been piqued, and you’re curios to know more, head on down below the break to view our whole review of Blocks Up! Or should we say, “Head on up?”
Concept and Gameplay
If you’ve ever played Tetris, then you have a very good idea of how Blocks Up works. The idea is simple: Blocks of certain shapes roll upward across the screen (rather than down) and must be aligned along the top of the layout. Once laying in rest, blocks can only be moved by completing whole rows. To do this, the player will need to twist, turn, and move the pieces into an advantageous place. Rows disappear, leaving behind coins to collect by passing pieces over them, as well as bonuses and point values. As the game progresses, pieces start rolling more quickly, increasing the difficulty of the game itself. Additionally, various blocks will scroll outward, stopping your pieces in mid stride, causing some much entertaining (and frustrating) action.
All in all, it’s a fantastic series of twists on an old outdated classic. We especially like the added objectives. These are things the player must shoot for, such as removing three walls, or performing specific tasks. They add even more replay value to a game most have played hundreds of hours worth of. In our eyes, that’s an indispensable bargain.
Graphics and Design
Since our last look at Blocks Up, the app has greatly improved its look and feel. The physics engine rolls along much nicer, and the revamped cubes and gameplay twists add some necessary flair. Furthermore, we liked the touch-easy controls. A single tap does everything from moving the pieces to twisting them in their seats. This means you don’t have to worry with complex joysticks or other such means. Merely lift a finger, put it to the screen, and try to think as hard as you can. We mean it: The game’s difficulty can be quite staggering at times.
If you’re a fan of classic arcade games, or even just arcade games in general on the iPhone, then by all means: Download Blocks Up now. The app is an incredible twist on a great platform, from the graphics right up to the achievements. Best of all, the free advert-supported price tag makes it an unbelievable bargain. If that’s not reason enough to download it, we don’t know what is.
Blocks Up requires iOS 4.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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