What makes a highly addictive puzzle game for the iOS platform? First, it must be visually appealing and quite simple in terms of controls. Plus, it has to be able to introduce new challenges in a good pace that will hook the player right in. Unblock Me, a puzzle title from Kirakorn Chimkool, has all that and more.
About the Game
Simplicity is key when it comes to the appeal of Unblock Me. But do not let this seemingly simple game lead you to think that it is easy and boring—in fact, this title is one of the most addictive games ever created for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. This game has been featured in the App Store’s list of “Highly Addictive Games” list and the “What’s Hot” list.
Unblock Me starts rather simply with equally simple goals. You will need to get the red block out of the game board, which can be accomplished by sliding all the other blocks out of the way. There are four basic levels in this title, which range from Beginner to Expert.
If you think that you can easily run out of puzzles in this title, then you are sorely mistaken. There are a total of nine thousand puzzles in the game, which will keep you occupied for hours upon hours on end. The puzzles steadily progress in terms of difficulty, with the first few ones relatively easy to introduce you to the mechanics and objectives of the game. You will find Unblock Me to be quite a mental challenge right at the beginning, as it will require a couple of brain cells to figure out how to extricate the red block from within the maze of the other wooden blocks. The blocks that are lying horizontally can only move left and right, and vertical blocks can only move up and down. Figuring out the right combination of moves will be very challenging, and will probably take hours of your time.
There are two main modes in the game, with the first being the Challenge mode. This mode allows you to keep track of the number of moves you have made in the puzzle and the points you have earned. The other one is the Relax mode, which does not document your every move and thus relieves a bit of the pressure.
The game is relatively simple to use and to learn—there are just two kinds of movements for the blocks: up and down, and left and right. Buttons are well placed, accessible but do not get in the way of the basic game functions.
Graphics and Sound Effects
There is nothing really special with Unblock Me in terms of graphics and sound effects, but these things are not the main appeal of the game anyway. The interface is clean and simple, and that is enough for puzzle fiends whose attention is completely on the puzzle at hand.
There is no main issue with this game, but it can get problematic once you get addicted to it. We like to remind the people who we got hooked to this game to avoid playing Unblock Me when they have something important to go to or do. Yes, this game can also be unbelievably frustrating at times in terms of puzzle difficulty.
If you are a hardcore puzzle fiend, then you should not miss out on playing Unblock Me. We assure you that the challenges will keep on coming and intensifying, and you will be hooked to this game for hours upon hours. Do not worry so much about not being able to finish puzzles—there is a built-in hint system that will guide you throughout the puzzle in case you stumble on a particularly difficult one.
Plus, with the built-in ranking and tracking system, you can boast to your friends the achievements you have reached in Unblock Me.
Price: $0.99 / Free
Developed By: Kiragames
Requirements: Requires iOS 3.0 or later
Compatible With: iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad
Other OS: Android, Facebook, BlackBerry