Words’N’Blox: Written & Video iPad App Review
If you’re new to the site, we’re going to go ahead and spoil one aspect of our reviews for you: We’re absolutely in love with the puzzling genre, and any app that throws word gaming into the mix is a friend of ours. This is why we’re rather excited to be brining you a full review of Words‘N’lBox by developer Greenlit Games today. The app offers classic block sliding action with some inventive word gaming twists, and the end result is one heck of a lot of fun. For our full review, you need only to slide on down below the break!
Concept and Gameplay
If you’ve ever played one of those ye olden block sliding games—they were quite popular about a decade ago—then you’ve got about half of the concept at work within Words’N’Blox. You see, a large portion of the app’s gameplay involves requiring you to cleverly slide around a set of blocks, each with a letter attached to the front, so as to ultimately spell a single word. The word itself can be rather tricky to figure out at times—though not at the onset—which only adds to the confusion when you’ve got to move ricks about a gigantic level.
In other words, the gameplay here is two fold. On the one hand, you’ll need to manage the surroundings to get those blocks into place without “painting yourself into a corner,” so to speak. On the other hand, you’ll need to spell out the proper word. Oh, and you’ll also need to have those blocks in exactly the correct space, in as few moves as possible, and as quickly as possible. That might sound like a lot of bother to you, but if you’re into the genre as much as we are, it’s all incredibly exciting.
Design and Graphics
Overall, we rather liked the look and feel of Words’N’Blox, plus the help facility is very useful since there are two options available: the Next Letter and Optimal Path hints – these aid the player to get up to speed with the game by helping to find the best suited word in the shortest amount of time. The artwork is cute and inviting, while the touch controls were greatly appreciated. We liked being able to move more than one space at a time simply by dragging. However, we were a bit puzzled—pun intended—to find that blocks have a sense of friction. In other words, if you move them along a path, they stop where you leave them. This makes the gameplay considerably easier, and isn’t quite as much fun if you’re looking for a challenge. Furthermore, we quite enjoyed the fun of playing against a buddy who we knew was also playing but we noticed there weren’t many other online companions to challenge. We fully expect this issue to go away, though, since over time there will certainly be more attendees.
Still, no matter what we might have to say about Words’N’Blox, its price certainly means it’s worth taking a look at! For absolutely nothing upfront, you can enjoy all of the single player and multiplayer action that Words’N’Blox has to offer. That’s a tremendous value, and if you’re looking for a new puzzler to tide you over, there’s no better option out there.
Words’N’Blox is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review, as well as a video production fee.
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