Version Reviewed: 1.3
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 3GS
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There have been many different types of puzzle games that have taken puzzle elements and blended them with other genres leading to an explosion of new puzzle game types. Role playing puzzle games, action puzzle games, fighting puzzle games, and the like. A bit less common, and usually much less successful, is the combination of two different types of puzzle games. MixZle, however is an exception to the rule. This game combines mechanics of both physics puzzle games and block sliding puzzle games. Usually such a mixture might seem like a stretch but the developers of MixZle have found a way to not only make it relevant in today's crowded iOS game market, but to make it a entertaining experience as well.
In MixZle players try to get a bouncing ball, dropped from the top of the screen, to fall through a hoop. To get the ball to fall into the hoop, players can use different objects and tools provided in each level. However, these tools and objects are placed on sliding tiles and players must move them around, in a way similar to any slide puzzle, in order to situate them in the correct places and guide the ball through the hoop. Sometimes these items can't be moved, and sometimes they can be rotated. Items like springs, teleporters, fans and the like will give players lots of toys to play with as they try to outsmart MixZle's spot on physics.
The game is a blast to play and it deals well with an issue common to many physics games that ask players to place objects around a level in order to guide some element to a specific point in the level. Generally, in these types of games, the ability to place items anywhere in the level means that there is literally an infinite number of placements that players can use to complete the puzzles. While this freedom might seem like a benefit, players usually end up with a less designed and less enjoyable experience. Since the elements in MixZle are attached to a slide puzzle and thus limited to the movement of the puzzle, the game's solutions are more logical than lucky.
MixZle is a great experience and puzzle fans looking for something more from a physics game will really enjoy the game. It looks great as well and it is obvious that the developers have taken the time with MixZle to make sure they've created and released a polished product.