Screen Shot 2013-05-29 at 12.36.16 PMSnide headline aside, is it starting to get anyone else's proverbial goat that there's all these seemingly cool puzzle games being released these days that, in practice, are less about solving the actual puzzle and more about gaming how to play it without paying? I suppose with the success of Candy Crush Saga [Free] and similar games, it only makes sense to try to go this route, but holy cow is it refreshing when someone releases a good puzzle game that you just pay a dollar for that isn't incessantly trying to get you to spam everyone from your immediate social circle to your estranged extended family for in-app currency offers.

Chock A Block is a basic puzzle game that uses mechanics that I'm sure any iOS puzzle fanatic has seen before- You slide blocks, and each block you move slides until it collides with something else, whether that's the side of the play field or another block. If the blocks it collides with share similar colors and three (or more) are touching, you've made a match. There's all sorts of mechanics for upgrading to better higher scoring blocks too, depending on how quickly and how many blocks you match which sort of reminds me of converting your condo floors to diamonds in Super Monsters Ate My Condo [Free].

Multiple game modes are included, and all seem to determine just how intense the actual gameplay is. Typical classic mode puts you to the task of clearing game boards, and any unmatched block left behind costs you one life (of the ten you have) and you see how long you can play. Other modes have more or less restrictions to make the game easier or harder, and there's even a challenge mode to challenge your friends to beat your scores.

Chock A Block should be available in the US App Store at 11:00 PM Eastern, so keep your eyes peeled if you're looking for a slick puzzler that you just... *gasp* Buy, download, and play.

International App Store Link: Chock A Block, 99¢

  • toxiccheese

    Looks good. Definitely something I will play.

  • witedahlia

    Yep. On the watch list.

  • Greyskull

    Wouldn't know...never tried Candy Crush Saga.

  • Professionalbum

    Insta-buy for me. Anyone try that Word Shift yet?

  • pdSlooper

    A classic formula, glad to see these sorts of Puzznic-like games are still being made and played. Blockee and Relic are two other iOS games that are similar (but not quite identical) to this.

  • MidianGTX

    I'm not sure what the title of the article is supposed to say. I would've mentioned it earlier but I expected someone else to jump on it, now I get to look like the snarky one.

    • witedahlia

      I'm guessing it's an IAP reference but you are correct, it's not really explained.

      • MidianGTX

        It looks weird to me because it seems like
        "Block Slider" and "Chock A Block" should be the other way around.

    • pdSlooper

      I misread the title as "Block Slider 'Chock A Block': You Actually Just Pay 99c And Play!"

  • Domsware

    Just Pay & Play ? Cool ! Theses kind of games are rare these time ! I noticed two I bought and play to : "Mosaique" and "Novae".