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Polyform Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Nadia Oxford on December 16th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SIMPLY PUZZLING
Polyform is an easily-digestible puzzle game that has few surprises, but is enjoyable nonetheless.
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Puzzix Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on July 29th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: NICE IDEA
A little like Tetris, Puzzix is all about piecing together blocks and watching them vanish. It could do with more structure, though.
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Shapist Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on March 26th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SLIDE TO VICTORY
Shapist is a sliding block puzzle packed with physics that requires a little experimentation and a whole lot of patience.
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DiceTris+ Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on March 11th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SIMPLE STRATEGIES
Keeping it simple, DiceTris+ is an entertaining strategy game but one that lacks that addictive factor.
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BeBop Blox Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Amy Solomon on November 20th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MUSICAL BUILDING BLOCKS
BeBop Blox is an early building block app with puzzle elements as well as charming sights and sounds.
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BlocksWorld HD Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Rob Rich on August 1st, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BRICK THE WORLD
BlocksWorld HD is more toy than it is game, but it can be entertaining to mess around with.
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Stickets Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Angela LaFollette on June 21st, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: IT AIN’T EASY
Stickets looks incredibly simple at first, but be prepared to sink hours into the three difficulty modes.
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RRBBYY Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 5th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CHALLENGING BLOCK TWIST
Adding an unique element to a familiar genre, RRBBYY is sure to test the mental and physical reactions of many block busting game fans.
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Block Fortress Review

By Rob Rich on March 11th, 2013
Oh, Foursaken Media, will you ever release something that *isn't* great?
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Percepto Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on January 8th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: NEW POINT OF VIEW
Rotate a room from 2D to 3D in order to help Bruce make his way to the door in this challenging and newly updated puzzler.
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Dream of Pixels Review

Posted by Rob Rich on November 21st, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Developer: Dawn of Play
Price: $0.99
Version: 1.0.14
App Reviewed on: iPhone 3GS
Graphics / Sound Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar
Gameplay Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar

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I was one of those kids who played a lot of Tetris. I mean a lot. So much that I dreamt of falling blocks and line clearing for a while. So it shouldn’t be all that surprising to know that I’ve since gotten rather burned out on the whole thing. Then a game like Dream of Pixels comes out and starts the whole cycle all over again.

The way I’ve been describing Dream of Pixels to everyone I’ve been recommending it to - and it’s been quite a few people - is “similar to Tetris.” Or rather, “It’s Tetris, but upside-down and backwards.” Rather than slotting together blocks that fall from the top of the screen and clearing multiple lines in order to keep from wiping out, players have to remove pieces from a large mass that slowly creeps toward the bottom of the screen. At least, that’s how the main game works. There are several other variants that can be unlocked that are just as habit forming.

Dream of Pixels is one of those puzzle games that’s simply awesome. The core mode goes on and on until there are too many mistakes, and the longer a player can last the better the chances of them unlocking more modes. Granted I’ve yet to unlock the last three variations (Pro, Nightmare, and Shattered Dream) because the main game can get pretty crazy, but I have unlocked Puzzle. Puzzle Mode is practically another game in itself and quite possibly even better than Classic. In this variation there are no time limits but rather blocky images that need to be deconstructed. A specific set of pieces is available in a particular order and the goal is to strategically remove each one in order until the image is gone. It’s kind of like Picross, also backwards.

And yet, with all this awesome Dream of Pixels has two major drawbacks. First, the controls for lining up pieces (dragging) are a bit finicky and can occasionally lead to a few missed opportunities and flubbed withdrawals.
The second and far bigger problem is that any play session of any game type almost always results in a staggering amount of lost time. Seriously, this game is a menace to subway commuters with any intention of getting off at a particular stop.

It’s amazing how fresh a classic puzzle game can feel with a little change in perspective. Dream of Pixels successfully revitalizes one of the most popular styles of puzzle, turns it on its head, and changes the rules while still keeping everything familiar. The sheer addictiveness is more than enough to warrant a purchase but the wealth of bonus modes (especially Puzzle) make it a no-brainer.

Crate 360 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Dale Culp on August 2nd, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: LACKS PIZZAZZ
When it comes to seeing things from a different angle, this game offers a complete range of them. See how this 3D, physics-based puzzle game stacks up to its competition.
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Matching With Friends Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jason Wadsworth on June 28th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: A PERFECT MATCH
Match as many blocks as possible and score higher than your friends in this new asynchronous block matching game from Zynga.
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Blocksworld Makes All Inner Children Squeal with Glee

Posted by Rob Rich on June 12th, 2012

Everyone’s messed around with building bocks in some form or another at some point in their life. Everyone. It’s kind of a universal thing. Which is a big reason as to why I’m somewhat amazed that very few people have attempted to merge the concept with interactive design. It’s one of those ideas that doesn’t seem obvious until someone comes up with it. And Boldai came up with it.

Blocksworld is, in essence, a set of virtual building blocks. Structures can be cobbled together, tiny people can be crafted, and all manner of impossible creations can appear with a few taps and flicks. But simply creating a thing is only the beginning. Once that mutant frog or towering skyscraper is complete, it can be brought to life or used as an asset in an animated movie or even video game. This is because it’s more than just a sandbox, it’s an incredibly easy to use toolset for creative types.

Any iOS user can open up Blocksworld and create whatever their imagination can come up with. Then they can use it to create their own action movie or turn it into a game, then they can share it with the world on the official website. Or Twitter and Facebook, of course. The tools are rudimentary but the sky is indeed the limit.

Blocksworld is still in beta but is expected to release later this summer. There’s no official word on pricing yet but users will be able to purchase additional content packs (prices also TBD) in order to bolster their creative arsenal.

Cuboid Free Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on May 22nd, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SLOW & STEADY
The PSN Puzzler makes its way onto iOS with little trouble.
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