Blocktacular

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

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The controls are simple: Drag with your finger to swap blocks, and then rotate the device to cause everything to slide and create new blocks.

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Consumerism

The free version comes with only one of the five game modes, and requires a $.99 purchase to play the rest.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Blocktacular is a freemium puzzle game: You get one mode to try for free but must pay for the other four. The game has nothing inappropriate for young children, but the difficulty makes it better for older kids.

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QUALITY
 

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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:January 18, 2011
Category:Puzzle Games
Publisher:evilBlue Studios
Version:1.3
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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