World of Blocks: Written iPhone App Review
In the last few months we’ve seen a rather drastic change in a certain field we weren’t previously fond of—that is the land of the Angry Birds clone. Yes, we got just about as much of shooting objects at puzzles as we could stand. That being said, we’ve noticed recently that the clones have started branching out, taking the core concept and really starting to do some wicked awesome things with it. Nowhere is this more evident than with World of Blocks by developer WB Soft. The app offers a new, original and wholly engaging concept using the building blocks of classics, and we like it quite well. For our full review, you need only to slide on down below the break.
Concept and Gameplay
The idea behind World of Blocks goes something like this: You fire little cannonball-esque monsters out of a larger monster cannon, hoping to slide off the bad blocks from a fortress. In the process, you must avoid letting any of the green good-guy blocks fall, or else you’ll fail the level. Add to this a number of different level configurations, obstacles, trajectories, and monster abilities, and you’re quickly looking at one lovely, complex machine.
As we harped on before, the app does bear a certain similarity to a certain birds-influenced title of note. That being said, World of Blocks has made a real effort to come into its own. It offers a unique world, a unique physics engine (more on that in a second) and enemies of its own devising. Furthermore, the level design has been done quite well, so much so that we often found the puzzles richly difficult and just as richly rewarding. All in all, it’s a step in the right direction for this action puzzler.
Graphics and Design
On that note, we truly loved the art style of the app. The pseudo-Greek look suits the gameplay very well, while we also enjoyed the variety in cannon fodder and level layout. That being said, we just don’t much like the physics engine. We found it far too finicky at the controls level, as lining up your shot can be rather hit-or-miss. We’d like a big softer of a response, or perhaps a more visual way to gauge how and where we’re shooting—something more akin to the Angry Birds system. Aside from this complaint, though, we did notice a lot of professional polish in World of Blocks.
At the end of the day, we’ll spin it to you this way: World of Blocks comes with a whopping 65 levels, all of which will be giving you the trip you need into action puzzling bliss. The design is solid, the concept even better, and barring the controls and physics engine, this app is still easily worth the free price tag it costs to download. Seriously: It’s a free game, which instantly makes it an easy recommendation.
World of Blocks 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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