Monster Blocks – highly addictive cross between Tetris & Bejeweled
Sep 17, 2012 11:05 AM –
Monster Blocks is a mash-up familiar and popular games of Tetris and Bejeweled. As monster block of a trio fall from above you must have strategic with and speed to position them properly to eliminate three or more of the same kind to clear the space either vertically, horizontally or diagonally. Simple in theory yet challenging to master and loads of addictive fun… see why in the review!
Price: Free, $1.22
Tested on: Samsung Galaxy S3
Pros & Cons:
- Challenging and fun!
- Cute graphics!
- Nice soundtrack!
- Another game to loose hours of your life to.
Monster Blocks is an odd combination of Tetris and Bejeweled, and it works in a bizarre, yet highly addictive way.
Like Tetris, your pieces are falling, one at a time, from the top of the screen, dropping down. However, unlike Tetris, the pieces are always the same size and shape. This is where the Bejeweled element comes in – rather than just trying to make lines, you are trying to match three or ore of the same monster. When you do, those monsters disappear and anything above them fall until they hit another monster or the bottom. And like in Tetris, the game ends when one of your monsters in play touches the top of the screen.
Sounds easy enough, right?
Well, then you add in the fact that your monsters, which come in lines of three, can be rotated inside the block before it falls. So not only are you trying to find the right space to put it, but you’re juggling monsters within the blocks so you get the ideal placement to make a match. You very quickly learn to move your monsters around, since you can make a match three vertically, horizontally or diagonally, but they have to be in a line – just having three in an L shape, for instance, won’t work. It takes the ability to think ahead and strategize about placement, in addition to having the ability to manage your space.
I have to admit, I lost some time on this game. Once you get past the first couple of drops, where you’re figuring out how the pieces move and how the game mechanics work, it becomes somewhat addictive. If you like the two games it pulls from, then you’ll enjoy this twist on them both. And the free game is ad-supported, while the paid has no ads, otherwise, you get the full experience, which is a nice option.
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Like I mentioned above, this game is a lot of fun if you enjoyed both Tetris and Bejeweled. It’s a combination of both that takes the best of both games and mixes them together for a fun game. And make no mistake, it is a challenging game as well that will really force you to use your quick puzzle-solving skills.
Yet another game that you look up and realize an hour has gone by. This game will hook you and keep you coming back for more.
I really liked the graphics in the game. The monsters each have a personality of their own, and they are each unique enough to make it easier to identify them when they’re falling fast. The rest of the graphics in the game have a sci-fi cartoon feel, and it just works really well.
Accelerometer, Vibration & Sound:
Because this is a game I can play for long stretches, it’s also one where, after a short while, I mute the sounds. The soundtrack is good and appropriate, don’t get me wrong, but this is the kind of game I play while I’m listening to other things, or in the car (not driving!) or on the train. And those are all situations where I don’t want to subject people to a looped soundtrack.