Big Pixel Studios, creators of the adorable physics puzzler Land-a Panda [99¢/HD/Lite HD] and the cat-tastic dual-stick shooter Meow Meow Happy Fight [$2.99/HD], have temporarily dropped the price of one of their other major titles, Piyo Blocks 2 [Free]. A sequel to the original Piyo Blocks [99¢/Lite] that was released in 2009, Piyo Blocks 2 takes everything that was great about that first game and improves upon it, resulting in one of the most enjoyable match-3 games around.

I know what you must be thinking, "A match-3? Seriously? I am like, SO over that", and normally I'd totally agree with you. Except that Piyo Blocks 2 just happens to be my personal favorite match-3 out of them all (just slightly ahead of Gemmed! [$1.99/Lite], in case you were wondering), and if you don't already own this game then downloading it while free is a mandatory action. There really isn't a more feature-rich match-3 game available on iOS.

First off, you have 6 different modes for your single-player pleasures, each utilizing a slightly different set of rules or visuals based on the core match-3 mechanics. Each mode is quite fun in its own way, and there's heaps of Game Center/OpenFeint achievements and leaderboards to keep you occupied as you get your match on while solo.

However, one of the coolest things about Piyo Blocks 2 is that it contains multiplayer. You can go head-to-head against somebody close to you by way of Bluetooth or a local WiFi network, or you can jump online and play people from across the globe. In fact, that is part of what spurred this freebie promotion, as Big Pixel wants to enlarge the player pool for online matchmaking. There's really no better way to do that than to lower the barrier of entry to free.

This trailer is a bit outdated as far as listing some of the features, but it should give you an idea of what you're in for after you download Piyo Blocks 2:

In addition to all of the above mentioned features, Piyo Blocks 2 was also just recently updated with Retina Display support. This is something I had been hoping for for a long, long time and it pleases me to no end to see all the little Piyo blocks in such crisp resolution. Big Pixel Studios are known for their wonderful sounds and visuals, and Piyo Blocks 2 is no different. In fact, I would suggest downloading the game for the soundtrack alone, as it is dangerously catchy and gets stuck in my head on at least an every-other-day basis.

I understand that there are a ton of match-3 games out there, and with so many options which one ends up being your favorite largely depends on personal preference. That said, Piyo Blocks 2 earns top spot for me, and I really can't recommend it enough. Make sure to snag it while it's still free, which should be at least another day or two.

  • Cat Astrophy

    Definitely recommend this title for some simple match-3 action. The fact that you can switch panels above panels that are falling make it a lot different than most match 3s

  • Joe

    I don't often bother trying to play match-threes, even when one is heralded as a "must have." And why not? Because I'm colorblind.
    There are a few very conscious and considerate developers that include some form of "colorblind mode." But most others are simply unaware of the issue.
    So I'd just like to point out that close to ten-percent of males have some form of colorblindness. And tossing aside ten-percent of your potential customers doesn't seem insignificant or intelligent. But I'm not in charge...

    • Anonymous

      Hi Joe,

      We added the "Fruit and Jewels" set of blocks to the game (a selectable option), so that colour blind users can enjoy Piyo Blocks 2. Each fruit or jewel is a different shape, so the colours shouldn't stop you from enjoying the game.


  • Tim Lord Gek Jordan

    What happened to the iPad version?

  • Aaron G

    The sale ended already!?!? If so, that's sad. I was going to give it a shot, but instead it will go down on the queue of 40 games that I want to download for $$.