Mini-Review: Block Block (Old Review)

You know you’ve made a rip-off when nobody remembers it, Block Block from 1991, what a stupid name but perfect for a rip-off. Now I not trying to be harsh but there’s nothing original about it, sure it has some nice graphics, but everything that you do in the game has been done to death. Sure it was ‘inspired’ by Breakout which in turn was inspired by Pong but at least Breakout was doing something new, this game doesn’t, and that’s the problem with puzzle games, when you can’t think of an original idea for a puzzle game, copy and paste another one and make it your own, how do you think mobile game company King made so much money ripping off other games, like Candy Crush Saga being a rip-off of Bejeweled…am I going to get sued for saying ‘Candy’ on my blog?

You’re probably thinking “this might not be so bad”, well here’s what happens in the game:

“A ball travels across the screen, bouncing off the top and side walls of the screen. When a brick is hit, the ball bounces away and the brick is destroyed. The player loses a turn when the ball touches the bottom of the screen. To prevent this from happening, the player has a movable paddle to bounce the ball upward and back into play.”

It’s the same gameplay and it even has the same power-ups, any one you can think of when you think of these kinds of games, it’s there. But with that said I did have fun with it, I can’t lower my score because it’s a rip-off, if the game is good, it gets a high score, the New Super Mario Bros games, as repetitive as it can get, it’s still a Mario game and it gets a high score. Well that’s my opinion. It’s difficult to recommend it since it’s so run-of-the-mill that it’s overshadowed by everything, but the gameplay will probably live on…in King’s wallet.

You can get it in the arcades, PlayStation 2, Xbox, PSP and the PlayStation 3.

Rating: 4/5


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