App Review: Blocked by Joel Rosenberg
Blocked is a puzzle game that is highly addictive. If you like brain benders like me, you will love this one. The object of the game is very simple. Clear a path for the blue block to exit through the hole on the right side of the screen. Accomplishing this task is another story altogether. Each level presents you with a board with a few to several gray blocks and one blue block. The blocks can only move horizontally or vertically in a lengh-wise direction. You must figure out what combination of moves will get all of the gray blocks out of the way. There are 5 levels of difficulty (easy, medium, hard, harder, and hardest). You start with the easy levels, the first few of which are actually pretty easy. It is not long, however, before they start taxing your brain, requiring you to think several steps ahead to achieve your goal. Once you have completed the easy levels, the medium levels are unlocked and you can begin on those. If you are having trouble completing a level, you can reset it back to its original state or simply skip to the next level and come back to it.
I played this game with a five-year old, and he surprised me with his ability to catch on to the game. The levels quickly got too difficult for him, but older children could definitely play and enjoy this one. Blocked is frustrating fun for everyone.
Blocked is $0.99 in the iTunes App Store.
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