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Ogu avatar 6:32 PM on 12.10.2007
Indie Game of the Now: Blocksum


Blocksum by ginger and xor



BLOCKSUM is a very new typed action puzzle game. For everyone who can add numbers to 20.



Graphics

As you can see from the screen shots, blocksum has a set of hi-tech graphics. Being a puzzle game, their job is not really to be bleeding edge, but to have a practical purpose.

The graphics are good, won't kill your eyes and you won't be able to avert your eyes from the moving blocks, that's as much as I can say about them.

They receive an 9/10 for not being the best graphics ever, but not being near ugly nor obtrusive.



Gameplay

You have a bunch of blocks with numbers trying to go up, and it's your job to stop them. How do you stop them? well, with addition of course. In classic puzzle tradition, you need to gather blocks of the same type to destroy them, if you have as many (or more) blocks together as the number inside them says, then they're destroyed... something like:

2 or more blocks with a 2 inside = dead
3 or more blocks with a 3 inside = exist no more
4 or more blocks with a 4 inside = pew!
5 or mo...

well, I guess you get the idea.

The more you destroy blocks, the faster it gets and so on and so on for eternity.

Solid 11/10.



Music (and maybe sound)

Music is your basic Techno, quite repetitive but not distracting, it's better than silence.

7/10.

Overview

Though Ginger and Xor sounds like the name of an obscure indie rock band and their official explanation is pretty short, not very descriptive and kind of outdated, they have created one of the best puzzle games out there.

The game mechanics are simple and will be familiar to anyone who ever played puzzle league, the twist is that they make you think a bit more than usual by adding basic addition to the mix. Music is OK, graphics are good.

A fun game overall, and not ugly at all (I've seen many many ugly puzzles).

Here's the mandatory youtube:


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Final Score
9.21/10

Have fun.

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