|Publisher||головоломка world studio|
|Platforms||Android 3.0+; iOS 6.0+|
I love playing Tetris. It is a timeless classic that stays fun and addicting no matter how many times it gets ported to a console. Plenty of developers seem to think so, too, because there are loads and loads of Tetris clones. Whether you’re online on a PC or scrolling through the app store, you can bet there’s a Tetris clone at every corner. Suddenly, this game comes into view. Curiosity got the best of me when I saw it on my screen. “Is this just another Tetris knockoff?” I thought to myself.
The answer is a relatively surprising “No”. Upon first glance, Wood Block Puzzle looks like another one of those generic Tetris clones. After all, it uses some of the same shapes as Russia’s classic puzzler. However, after a bit of game time, you will realize that it actually plays differently than you’d expect. You do not stack a bunch of blocks together to clear lines. Instead it is instead more about fitting them together into confined spaces, one by one.
You clear lines that way (in both a horizontal and vertical manner), but it takes major strategy to plan your moves without cramping the playing field to the point of losing. The amount of blocks on the field changes constantly as you place new shapes over it. And of course, blocks only disappear when a line is cleared. With that in mind, you have to be careful about the way you decide which shapes to put down and which ones should carry over to the next phase. Doing this properly and thoroughly can get you a big score.
That’s about all this game has to offer, though. What you see is what you get, and nothing more. If you get a Game Over, your only option is to try, try again. Getting the highest score you can is the name of the game here, after all. Multiplayer modes, variations, and other kinds of additions could have made this title go a long way. As is, it is a purely single-player affair with a lone mode to make up the entire game. It is a bit underwhelming, to say the least of it.
Wood Block Puzzle is an addictive little title, but the minimal content could only attract players for so long before they move on to do something else. You could share your scores with other people to compete with them and vice versa, but there’s only so far you could take this novelty. I recommend it only if you will be playing it every once in a while. Tetris players could find it refreshing due to the significantly different style of play. It also has plenty of polish to it, which is reassuring for a mobile game. And I do suppose at the end of the day, it is a free game; there is no harm in giving one of those a go.
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