The release of Denki Blocks! [App Store] and Denki Blocks! Free [App Store] sees the critically acclaimed Gameboy Advance puzzler by Denki finally in our hands and well on its way to turning our grey matter to mush over the last week that we've spent with it.

The concept in Denki Blocks! is simple: join all the like-colored blocks together each level. The solution is far less straightforward however, requiring you to navigate the blocks around each level-- easily done by the tap of a finger in any direction-- in an attempt to force them together. All the blocks on-screen move in the same direction simultaneously unless they are blocked by a wall or obstacle, a mechanism that is paramount to get them to meet.

Once they have done so, they'll stay fastened together, allowing you to focus on the next block and the next, and so forth. In many ways it's like lego; only, there's no instruction manual, and you can't pull the pieces apart if you place them incorrectly (well, technically you can, as there is an undo option and you can restart each level if you're really stuck) . It's a devious formula that starts off easy but ramps up to become very challenging.

To further add to the difficulty, each level has a Master Challenge for you to tackle, and it's usually not for the faint of heart. Whether tasked with completing a particular shape or finishing in only a set number of turns or seconds, these master challenges will require lots of forward-thinking and less reliance on that undo button (which takes up time). Fortunately, your efforts do go rewarded, unlocking bonus levels when 12 of these Master Challenge stars have been collected (though we're not sure your brain will thank you after being reduced to paste only to be given additional challenges!).

There are over 100 levels in Denki Blocks!, making it the equivalent of Disney Land for puzzle fans. The levels and blocks are all rendered in colorful and vibrant hues to keep the game visually stimulating, and the soundtrack is appropriately light-hearted to encourage healthy synaptic firing. The level designs themselves have a lot of character too, some appearing with a maze of obstacles to negotiate, and others as locking mechanisms or contraptions completely enclosing your blocks.

We were a little disappointed that Denki Blocks! doesn't include online high score tables right off the bat, as we couldn't think of a more fitting model than the time and score challenges offered here. Perhaps it's something to look forward to in a future update (take note developers, if you're reading this).

In any case, Denki Blocks! has enough content to keep your puzzle needs satisfied for a very long time. We're confident that even the puzzle prodigies amongst you will be challenged by Denki's formula (particularly the Master Challenges) but we encourage even beginner puzzlers to give it a go as there is a ton of levels to see and not all of them need to be completed to progress.

At the very least, check out the Lite version of Denki Blocks! (link below) for a hands-on preview of the gameplay and to see for yourself what all the fuss is about.

App Store Link: Denki Blocks!, $4.99, Denki Blocks! Free, Free.

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    But it's still not tetris.

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    But it's still not tetris.

  • Michael Le

    i highly recommend this game, the gba version was a classic. puzzles have a lot of depth in the later stages. my only gripe would be the controls, swiping is a bit more tedious than onscreen buttons, i get that its more intuitive but there are later stages that take a million swipes...

  • Michael Le

    i highly recommend this game, the gba version was a classic. puzzles have a lot of depth in the later stages. my only gripe would be the controls, swiping is a bit more tedious than onscreen buttons, i get that its more intuitive but there are later stages that take a million swipes...

  • Lukeb

    It looks like a disney land for for fans of disney-styled puzzles. The description of the gameplay mechanics sounds nothing like Tetris. Isn't it time people stopped likening all falling block games to Tetris? They did that with Compression, which also is nothing like Tetris.

  • Lukeb

    It looks like a disney land for for fans of disney-styled puzzles. The description of the gameplay mechanics sounds nothing like Tetris. Isn't it time people stopped likening all falling block games to Tetris? They did that with Compression, which also is nothing like Tetris.

  • Anonymous

    I don't know why there is a reference to Tetris as it's nothing like Tetris. However, it's quite engaging. The graphics reminds me a bit of Gameloft's Bubble Bash.

    • http://www.twitter.com/thewindburn Peter Lettieri

      To clarify, that was actually a play on a review that NYT wrote for the original gameboy advance game.

      And seriously guys, it's not being compared to Tetris; there's no similarities drawn with Tetris in the review. It's just been so popular (the GBA version at least) that inferences with Tetris for the current generation aren't that much of a stretch! Check out some of the metacritic reviews if you're interested.

      Oh, and lighten up :)

      • lukeb

        Sorry, if you call a falling block game the "modern day Tetris" in the review title, then you're effectively implying that the gameplay is similar. Since most gamers will never hear of this game, it doesn't make sense to award it that status yet.

      • http://www.Twitter.com/thewindburn Peter L.

        You can draw similarities to things beyond the exact gameplay composition. For example, how unique a puzzle game it may be, and how well it is critically received. And just because you aren't aware of it's popularity, doesn't change the fact that when it was first released in 2001 it was a hit!

        Don't think there's much point explaining myself though, we're just going to have to agree to disagree!

  • Anonymous

    I don't know why there is a reference to Tetris as it's nothing like Tetris. However, it's quite engaging. The graphics reminds me a bit of Gameloft's Bubble Bash.

    • http://www.twitter.com/thewindburn Peter Lettieri

      To clarify, that was actually a play on a review that NYT wrote for the original gameboy advance game.

      And seriously guys, it's not being compared to Tetris; there's no similarities drawn with Tetris in the review. It's just been so popular (the GBA version at least) that inferences with Tetris for the current generation aren't that much of a stretch! Check out some of the metacritic reviews if you're interested.

      Oh, and lighten up :)

      • lukeb

        Sorry, if you call a falling block game the "modern day Tetris" in the review title, then you're effectively implying that the gameplay is similar. Since most gamers will never hear of this game, it doesn't make sense to award it that status yet.

      • http://www.Twitter.com/thewindburn Peter L.

        You can draw similarities to things beyond the exact gameplay composition. For example, how unique a puzzle game it may be, and how well it is critically received. And just because you aren't aware of it's popularity, doesn't change the fact that when it was first released in 2001 it was a hit!

        Don't think there's much point explaining myself though, we're just going to have to agree to disagree!

  • http://www.denki.co.uk Sean

    There's a promo video now too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4XBVKmOT4M

  • http://www.denki.co.uk Sean

    There's a promo video now too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4XBVKmOT4M

  • http://www.denki.co.uk Sean

    Oh, and we have taken note and are definitely looking to add online leaderboards and challenges support in future updates.

    Until that time, we've taken a long-winded old-school approach :)

    http://www.denki.co.uk/2010/05/26/denki-blocks-beat-the-team/

  • http://www.denki.co.uk Sean

    Oh, and we have taken note and are definitely looking to add online leaderboards and challenges support in future updates.

    Until that time, we've taken a long-winded old-school approach :)

    http://www.denki.co.uk/2010/05/26/denki-blocks-beat-the-team/

  • Oneiromancer

    Sounds a lot like Jelly Blocks, which was a lot cheaper, but for some reason isn't on the App Store any more (or at least, I can't find it). The website is here: http://moonlight-games.appspot.com/jellyblocks.html .

  • Oneiromancer

    Sounds a lot like Jelly Blocks, which was a lot cheaper, but for some reason isn't on the App Store any more (or at least, I can't find it). The website is here: http://moonlight-games.appspot.com/jellyblocks.html .

  • chicknstu

    "Sounds a lot like Jelly Blocks"

    LOL! That's gotta sting!

    The original Denki Blocks dates waaaaay back to 2001. Jelly Blocks is the cheap imitation.

  • chicknstu

    "Sounds a lot like Jelly Blocks"

    LOL! That's gotta sting!

    The original Denki Blocks dates waaaaay back to 2001. Jelly Blocks is the cheap imitation.