Version Reviewed: 1.5
Device Reviewed On: iPHone 3GS
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Blockado Mountain is part of a group of sliding block puzzle games with a treasure hunting theme and the glittery graphics to match. As with other block sliding games, the point is to slide different sized blocks around a game board of limited size in order to make it possible to move a specific block to a specific part of the board. In the case of the Blockado treasure hunting theme, different types of stones in varying sizes must be moved so that treasure chests can be extracted from the board. The gameplay is very similar to that of other sliding block puzzle games, but there are many variations to the classic sliding puzzle mechanics that take the puzzles in this game to a whole new level.
The first difference that players will notice between Blockado and similar puzzle games is the visual fidelity. Blockado departs from the top-down 2D perspective so common to these types of games and opts for a more stylish 3D isometric view. This gives the player the opportunity to really appreciate the game's superb art direction. The textures and effects showcased in the game look great and add a huge amount of atmosphere to the game. The game reviewed in this review is the Mountain edition of Blockado, but there are also Jungle and Desert editions available that each have their own specific look and feel.
As the player explores the games different levels they will encounter the many different types of blocks that make this game unique. There are blocks of ice that slide as far as they can in one direction without stopping, flexible blocks that slither around the board, blocks that attract and repel each other, and even spring loaded blocks that push and compress. All of these different types of blocks interact with each other in unique and interesting ways and they create new, complicated dynamics that keep the game engaging.
Added to all these positive points is the game's treasure hunting theme. It's not too heavy handed and adds a light plot and sense of progression to the game. Puzzle fans will really enjoy this game and players looking for a game to wow them visually won't be disappointed. There is even an option to scan QR codes to unlock added game content.