Motley Blocks from Square Enix is a fun puzzle game where the goal is to connect chain after chain of colored blocks before the timer runs out. It’s a bit like a crazy, mixed up match three game, which puzzle fans will love.
You can connect as few as two or as many as you can reach, which will send the blocks to the center of the board, forming am image. As you add more and more blocks the image in the center becomes more clear.
The idea is to remove all of the blocks before the finish line comes up, which means you’ve got to be fast. It is tough to be quick enough to get to all the blocks, so expect some frustration and restarting while playing.
There are special blocks, like bombs, which will cause an explosion, removing surrounding blocks from the area. These can be earned by completing puzzles.
This game definitely rewards frantic swiping over careful selections, though it does speed up with a lot of single tapping. It’s easy enough when there are only two colors, but some puzzles have quite a few different colored blocks, which makes the puzzles quite difficult.
Motley Blocks is a challenging puzzle game, making it perfect for those of you looking for something a bit harder to beat. This is not a game that you can breeze through, and it will take some trial and error to progress through the levels.
There are 80 different puzzles to finish, five power ups to earn and Game Center leaderboards. There’s also a puzzle editor that allows players to create their own puzzles, for endless gameplay.
What I liked: I thought this game had a good concept, but the implementation was rocky. I had a lot more success frantically tapping individual blocks than I did making chains. For that reason, this is a good game for kids who love fast paced tapping games.
What I didn’t like: This game isn’t about skill, it’s about speed. It doesn’t take any strategy to finish these levels, which is a bit disappointing. You don’t need to be good at puzzle games to win, you need to be good at drawing lines to match up blocks. Despite paying for this game, players are still instructed to register in order to unlock more puzzles.
To buy or not to buy: There is a free version of this game that I highly suggest downloading before buying the full version. This is definitely not a game for everyone, so it’s best to see if you like the gameplay before shelling out cash.
- App Name: Motley Blocks
- Version Reviewed: 1.0
- Category: Games
- Developer: Square Enix
- Price: $2.99