Block Story – build infinite worlds with blocks (Minecraft clone?)
Aug 24, 2012 8:29 AM –
Block Story is, well, there’s no escaping the fact, a clone of Minecraft. Both games feature the lush 3D environment and list of materials, tasks and places to explore. So, how does Block Story compare?
Price: Free, $5.00 for the full version
Tested on: HTC One X
Pros & Cons:
- Infinite 3D environments!
- 85 different creatures to discover!
- 25 introductory quests to build your character!
- 3 types of controls!
- Very smooth and intuitive!
- I found the environment and buildings sometimes disappear.
- Blocks often do not disappear when you break them.
- Doesn’t have the online love of Minecraft; community forums, tutorial videos, etc.
Block Story is a gorgeous block building game that irrefutably resembles Minecraft. However, I don’t think it’s easy just to pass it off as just a lame clone. The game offers a massively rich environment, smooth controls and intuitive ways to explore. When you begin you have some 25 mini tasks to complete in order to build your character and learn the controls. These essentially include things like how to collect materials, build objects like weapons and interact with other characters. After all, you’re going to need to know how to shoot a bow if you get attacked by a dragon won’t you?
Once you’ve worked your way through these missions, the world is free for you to build on and explore. There is a hell if you go deep enough and even a floating island to reach. There’s seas, swamps, mountains, beaches and more. There are also 85 different creatures to meet (or fight) so there’s always loads to do. You can build pretty much whatever you like- it’s a blank canvas to do whatever you want, a virtually infinite Lego set on your Android.
There are also three methods of control, so you can tweak things to suit you. I haven’t played Minecraft all that much but I did try it out after a session of Block Story. The first thing I noticed is that Block Story felt a tad smoother than it’s more popular cousin and controls were a little more intuitive. Minecraft- with its online and mobile editions is a massive universe of creativity and as such incredibly popular and original. I think for pure playability, Block Story might have the edge over Minecraft, but there’s no getting away from the massive community elements that come with Minecraft- the videos, tutorials, competitions and more. I think therefore I would recommend Block Story over Minecraft- but only if you’ve never played Minecraft to begin with!
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Block Story – Coal block
Block Story – Cave
Block Story – View from top of the hill
Block Story – Ted will help you out once you’ce completed a few tasks
Block Story – Smash blocks to collect them
Block Story – Huge infinite areas
Block Story – Scenery occasionally disappears
Block Story – Inventory
Block Story – Using the recipe book
Block Story – Quests
Block Story – Menu
Block Story – Loading screen
Yes, it’s lots of fun. From creating new items to fighting dragons and exploring hell, it’s an awesome game that is enjoyable to play throughout.
I did notice from time to time that the environment sometimes disappears. It’s there, you can stand on it, but can’t physically see it. I’m aware that sometimes rendering is a little sluggish on Minecraft but it at least displays when you get close enough.
These kind of games are very addictive, and certainly if you have a creative urge and love the logical formality of construction and freedom you get with huge games like this, it’s something you’re going to play for hours on end.
The graphics are obviously ‘blocky‘ but the wide variety of textures and huge 3D environment quickly make up for that. It blends the retro with the modern in a very cool way.
Accelerometer, Vibration & Sound:
The game is full of different noises and sounds. From tinkling piano scores to rain noises and building sounds. There is an option to control the game via accelerometer and while this is initially a great effect, you’ll quickly revert to one of the other methods. While tilt control feels smooth, it’s really not very practical.
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