What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Block Shooter HD is a trajectory-based puzzle game, like Angry Birds, in which players launch balls or bombs at an array of mean-looking red blocks (there are also sad-looking blue blocks that must be avoided). But there is also a big math component. In order to move on to a new level, you must meet the goal score for your current level. Each ball you launch costs points, though (and more powerful balls cost more), so you need to budget your points in order to make sure you can meet a level's goal score. A similar app called Block Shooter is available for the iPhone and iPod touch.
Is it any good?
Even without its point-budgeting twist, BLOCK SHOOTER HD would be a good, solid physics puzzle game -- your targets are always arranged in tricky, imaginative formations that will require some out-of-the-box thinking to take down. But the math component, surprisingly enough, is what makes it extra fun. You may look at the remaining blocks on a level, and think that you could easily take them all out by using one of your heavy Iron Balls -- but you need to check your current score, because an Iron Ball costs 50 points, and even if you're successful you may not have enough total points at the end to move on. So you may need to scrap the Iron Ball idea and try to use a cheaper, 5-point Light Ball. Having to budget your points can alter your strategies constantly, which makes Block Shooter HD a very entertaining challenge.