Blosics HD, a port of a popular physics puzzler brought to the iDevice by FDG Entertainment, is now available from the app store. Featuring colorful and varied designs, as well as an impressive physics engine, Blosics HD is an interesting and enjoyable title.
Blosics HD Pros:
- Colorful graphics and challenging level designs
- Upbeat soundtrack
- Multiple control schemes that work very well
- Unlockable ball types and 3 stars to collect per level
- GameCenter integration for leaderboards and achievements
Blosics HD Cons:
- Achieving 3 stars can be quite difficult
- Somewhat repetitive
- Not easy to judge distance of ball flings
Blosics contains 120 levels of increasingly difficult puzzles spread evenly across 4 worlds. Each level presents you with a configuration of blocks. The goal is to fling or slingshot balls into the mass in order to knock every last one off of the hovering platforms atop which they set. Balls are launched from a large circle that exists near the blocks, with options to pull back and release or touch and swipe to throw balls. There are 13 different ball types that are unlocked as you collect stars along the way. Each ball costs a certain number of points to throw, and each block earns a certain number of points when knocked off of the platform. Stars are earned by reaching or exceeding point thresholds. The physics engine causes the blocks to react appropriately to the velocity of the thrown balls, the angle of impact, and the weight of the surrounding blocks. Additionally, other level elements such as slippery ice platforms, bouncy walls, and blocks that are not to be disturbed impact strategy and gameplay. Many levels come down to minute differences in throw angles or ball choice that tip the scales in your favor.
Graphically, the level design is challenging and the look is clean and colorful, with different block colors representing the weight of the blocks. The animations are smooth and realistic, and the heavier block types and dense designs can make for challenging times. The soundtrack use pleasant, cheerful tunes that fit within the bright and light visuals. Controls require you to drag in the opposite direction to set aim and power, releasing to send the ball on its way. Alternatively, you can set the controls to allow you to simply touch within the circle to create a ball and swipe in the direction that you want the ball to go, with quicker swipes increasing the velocity of the ball’s flight. Both work very well and feel natural.
Replay value is good, as you’ll likely need to replay several levels in order to get all 3 stars. GameCenter integration bring global leaderboards and achievements into the fray. The iPad-specific version is available for $2.99, and it racks up a solid 4-Dimple score.
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