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By Jonathan H. Liu, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Free tile-swap game not good enough to prompt paid upgrade.

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At first glance, BLOCKTACULAR looks a little like many other colorful tile-swapping games: You drag to swap tiles, and if you match at least four of the same color, they vanish and everything falls down. However, there are black X-ed out blocks that cannot be moved or swapped. Also, new blocks do not fall in until you rotate the screen. The goal of the included free mode, Blackout, is to get a certain number of black X blocks on the board, so it requires a combination of strategy and luck. The graphics are OK but not spectacular, and the gameplay is ultimately unsatisfying -- making it less tempting to purchase the remaining play modes.

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