Developer: RockYou, Inc.
Price: $0.99 Download on the App Store
I had never seen the acclaimed PC version of Tower Bloxx by Digital Chocolate so I wasn’t sure what to expect with their iPhone version of the game. With apps like Crazy Penguin Catapult and Chocolate Shop Frenzy under their belt, I was hopeful. But reading through the iTunes Store reviews, which is always a bit daunting if not entertaining, I began to wonder if I was getting an app that would crash and glitch or would truly entertain. For the asking price of $5.99, I was rather hoping for entertainment. Here’s what I found.
Tower Bloxx Deluxe 3D is a block stacking game with a teeny, tiny bit of puzzle element to it. Your goal is to tap the screen to drop one segment of a tower on top of another in perfect alignment. The challenge is to get the timing right, as each unplaced tower segment is being swung around by a poorly trained crane operator. If you tap at just the right moment, the tower segment will drop in alignment with the last one. You score bonus points for each consecutive success. If you drop the tower pieces at the wrong time, you will end up with a crooked tower, but only very poorly timed pieces will fall off or cause others to fall.
In Tower Bloxx Deluxe 3D there are various “districts” in the metropolitan area where you are constructing towers. They serve as levels and as you achieve certain goals in the previous district, the subsequent districts, which total four, become unlocked. As you build each tower, people will begin to move in and your ultimate goal for each level is to achieve the maximum population. The better the tower, the higher the number of residents.
The puzzle element stems from the placement of each tower. There are different colored towers, each with their own rules regarding placement on the individual district grids. Certain colors afford more space for residents, so it is advantageous to build and place the right ones.
As far as the technical aspects of Tower Bloxx Deluxe 3D, the game gave me no problems with interface, navigation, or crashing. The graphics are nicely done and the premise is simply laid out. The people who move in to the high rise buildings are a bit odd as their mode of transportation is an umbrella, which they use to parachute into the windows — but who am I to judge? After all, the more the merrier.
The biggest issue I had with Tower Bloxx Deluxe 3D was entertainment value. Quite frankly, it went from mild entertainment to moderate boredom mid-way through the second district. Yes, there are bonus roof top balconies to unlock for better-built towers and new colored towers to build with, but it is essentially the same thing over and over. No real switch ups or added depth — just tap and drop. In my quest for perfection, I would have appreciated the ability to blow up a tower with too many mistakes and start over rather than have to finish it, place it, and replace it with a better one later on. In fact, an implosion button would be a great addition in my opinion.
To be fair, Tower Bloxx Deluxe 3D is full-version game, not a wimpy short one. It reminds me a bit of the Tonka construction games for PC geared towards little kids, but with a tad more sophistication. However, it does have additional modes of play, which are thankfully quicker. In the Quick Game you see how tall you can build a tower before causing three tumbles and the Time Attack mode is a race against the clock to build the tallest tower. A party game is also included to challenge a friend.
In the end, having had no real expectations, I won’t say I was thoroughly disappointed, but I would recommend trying Tower Bloxx Deluxe 3D Free before buying the full version so you know exactly what you’re in for.