Snide 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¢
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