Unblock Me

App review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
Unblock Me App Poster Image
Simple sliding, but deceptively difficult puzzle game.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn how to solve complex spatial puzzles using prediction, strategy, and (on some puzzles) large doses of patience and perseverance. By moving the individual blocks in ways that makes a path to get the red block off the board, kids practice logical and analytical thinking and exercise their knowledge of spatial relations. Unblock Me can be an enjoyable brain-exercising puzzle game for kids who aren't easily frustrated.

Ease of Play

Gameplay is as simple as sliding blocks back and forth. But to solve a puzzle, you must think strategically to figure out a way to free the one red block in the mix. These puzzles can be pretty darn hard from the get-go. Do not mistake Unblock Me for an easy, casual game.

Violence
Sex
Language
Consumerism

After players run out of free hints, they can buy more via an in-app purchase.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that solving the challenging puzzles in Unblock Me can take much longer than you might think at first. This is a game for very patient, diligent puzzle lovers. Kids who get easily frustrated or discouraged should probably steer clear. Players can share high scores via the Game Center or Open Feint social networks, but participation is optional.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Kid, 10 years old August 20, 2010

cool

real hard though

What's it about?

Choose between UNBLOCK ME's Relax Mode (which doesn't count moves) or Challenge Mode. Begin to shift around wood-colored blocks in a box by swiping them up or down, side to side, wherever there's open room, until you manage to make a clear path to move the one red block within the mix out of a hole on the side of the box. Unblock Me provides challenging fun within its hundreds of puzzles.

Is it any good?

The concept behind Unblock Me is brilliantly simple: Shift around a bunch of blocks in a box until you manage to free the one red block within. But this game gets really difficult quickly. Hardcore puzzle fans will find much to love here, as they mull over and tinker with a block set until they've figured out the solution. But casual gamers may develop bald spots from all the head-scratching they're likely to do. Still, if you've got the motivation and the patience, Unblock Me is a great brainy challenge. And with four levels of difficulty, and a whopping 3,000 puzzles, it will keep you busy for a long, long time.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Try using blocks, sticks, or other objects at home to re-create the goal of this game.

  • If kids get stuck on one puzzle and reach the point of frustration, suggest they reset the puzzle to start completely over or move on to a different puzzle, perhaps returning to that one with fresh eyes later.

App details

For kids who love puzzles

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate