Indie Reviews - 02 September 2010
Author:Christian Davis

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The Digest: The game doesn’t stray from the path of destroying the same colored blocks at all and that does get repetitive rather quickly. It’s not a bad purchase, just don’t expect it to be one that will hold your attention for too long.

THE FACT SHEET

RELEASE DATE: July 22, 2010
PUBLISHER: imagodespira
DEVELOPER:imagodespira
Platform: Xbox LIVE® Indie Games
GENRE: Puzzler
PRICE: 80 MS Points

PRODUCT OVERVIEW:
Try as fast as possible to clean up the playfield, earn bonus time with speed combinations and discover all special items. Fast endless Levels with special items and great graphics!

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Blox is one of those games that fits right in the Tetris, Minesweeper, and Bust a Move category. The premise is as simple as Tetris, clear the blocks off the screen. The reference to Tetris is the first thing you’ll think about, but playing the game has some major differences which makes it stand out a bit from the rest. The field is set up horizontally rather than vertically, placing the blocks are on the left hand side of the screen and the blocks used to clear off the screen are on the right hand side. Clearing the blocks off the screen is also unique as well; instead of just moving the blocks, the blocks are sent out through pushing the face buttons on your controller. “A” will send out a green blocks, “B” will send out a red block, etc…It’s simple fun that could easily take up all your time.

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The blocks will be laid out from the beginning of each round so it’s up to you to not make mistakes and clear them out. As the game progresses, some blocks will start to fall from the sky, adding more for your to erase. It’s a nice challenge, but far too often, a block will fall on top of one you’ve already sent out. It makes the game a tad frustrating, but it won’t ruin the fun. Speed is essential with this game. The faster you clear out a section, the more points you’ll receive. With that in mind, you’ll be aiming for perfection which will cause you to mess up even more. Having friends around can definitely make the game more fun as they scream out profanities and insult your playing skill.

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The game even has a power-ups to help assist you in your block killing massacre. There are three in total and all are extremely useful. The first is Supershot. This power-up will clear the bottom row of blocks. The second is Time Bomb. This attack destroys all adjacent blox. The third is a color changer block. Once used, will remove all blocks of the same color. Simple and effective power-ups will really help you out when the game gets hectic in the later levels.
Visually the game is basic. There’s a nice blue background, the blocks are glossy and it works for this type of game, but more would’ve been nice. There is no music however, which can make the game a tad dull. Sound effects are at the bare minimum as well, adding ticks, tacks, and the random “boom” when a special ability is used. The minimalist graphics are fine, but the gameplay is also very minimal, which can lead to boredom. The game only has a single player and that can definitely turn a lot of people off. Combine that with the lack luster presentation and some people can and will get bored from playing this. Old school game of this nature had this “X factor” about them, but this game is missing something. More power-ups, multiplayer, soundtrack, anything would have made this game better.

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Conclusion: The game doesn’t stray from the path of destroying the same colored blocks at all and that does get repetitive rather quickly. You won’t play the game for hours, but it does kill some time and can make waiting for other players to finish a match of Call of Duty or Halo a bit easier. Being that it’s only 80 points, it’s not a bad purchase, just don’t expect it to be one that will hold your attention for too long.

PROS CONS
- Simple Gameplay
- Somewhat Addicting
- Lack luster presentation
- No multiplayer
- No soundtrack

Single Player: 3/5 | Multi-Player: N/A

Special thanks to imagodespira for providing us with a copy of the game for review.

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