Groovin' Blocks (iPhone) Review
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Groovin' Blocks is a Tetris based hybrid with arrangeable multi-colored blocks and a musical twist. On the surface, this game is simple: Arrange and drop blocks to match three of the same color and use the beat to activate multipliers. But as you play further in and encounter more of the power up blocks and oddly paced songs, you begin to realize that Groovin' Blocks takes a considerable amount of skill and planning to get ahead. To get you started, there is a text based tutorial with an explanation of how to play and a few in-game screen captures to give you a visual heads up of what's to come. From there you can decide your starting level of difficulty (Casual, Experienced, or Hard) and song selection to jump in. I only had one minor issue with the menu system, and that was related to its smaller buttons and how some of them to don't give any indication that they've been pressed.
I wasn't blown away by the graphical presentation of Groovin' Blocks. There are so many developers pushing the envelope of the iPhone's graphical limits these days that I'm always disappointed when I can easily notice lower resolution textures throughout the game. On the flip side of that, the game does posses a fair share of visual effects, so even though it's not the highest quality I've ever experienced on this platform, it's also not the worst (by far) so I can't really ding it for too many points there. One area it should shine in is music and Groovin' Blocks doesn't fall short here at all. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of audio in this game, and how the non-mainstream selection kept me engaged rather than annoyed. The controls have a nice layout, that doesn't follow the menu systems minimalistic design, and should be simple for both left and right-handed people to pick up.
If you're a fan of the original Tetris and are looking to branch out into hybrids, this may be a good starter for you. While the idea of putting some sort of twist on the tried and true game type has been going on for years, Groovin' Blocks does a decent job of applying its variation properly. I would almost say that anything more than $1 for this app wouldn't be worth it, but the attention to audio quality is something that simply can't be ignored and helps to justify the price.
Final Rating: 72%
Transmitted: 4/23/2014 9:24:59 PM