Blosics 3 Game

Rescue Baby Balls From Those Pesky Blocks in Blosics 3

Channel your inner wrecking crew with the frustrating-slash-addicting Blosics 3. The series has drawn in many gamers with its wacky block physics and rewarding combo level solutions. This third installment in the series goes off to prove that puzzle games are a definite must have in the gaming industry. Despite the growing advent of other new genres that focus more on action and repetition, games that require a little more brain power are still well in demand for plenty of players. Blosics 3 brings in more of the good things of the old and a bit of something new.

The Gameplay

The objective of the game is to shoot at and throw off as many blocks as you can. You lose points for every ball you launch, so picking the right angle and ball type really helps maximize your total score. If you need more motivation in knocking off those pesky blocks, just crank up the volume and listen to them whine after every nudge.

The points you earn depend on the color and size of the blocks you knock off. Color corresponds to weight and these get introduced one after the other as you accomplish the initial stages. Green blocks are the lightest of the bunch and it only takes a good launch or two to see them flying off the stage. Of course, the points you get from greens are featherweight as well so you can't really afford to waste too many balls if you want to earn a good rating.

Yellow blocks are a bit heavier and piled closed together, they can pose a problem for your initial, lightweight ball. However, if you manage to topple yellows with a good angled shot or two, the points given are certainly well worth your efforts.

The red block is definitely the heaviest and most problematic of all the types. As you may have guessed, this block type will require some more muscle to move. If you really want to be efficient in getting rid of these heavies, earning the upgraded ball types should be your top priority.

One little detail we really liked was that after a launch, the game displays an indicator of the angle you used as well as the travel path of the ball. This is a handy feature for those times when you want to hit the exact same spot multiple times. Also, it's great as a reference point in order to find out how to alter your angles to hit your target more accurately. Not everyone is good at estimation, so this is pretty much essential for those who usually end up using a trial and error approach.

At the end of each stage, you are given a star rating. Just barely finishing a level gives you a star to kick things off to a good start. After this, you may choose to proceed to the next level or continue playing if you think you can stretch your score further. The target point displayed at the upper left increases to reflect how many you need to earn the next star. Take note however that your rating is not finalized. This means that if you end up launching too many balls and dropping very little blocks, it may still go down enough so you'll come up short for the total to even finish the stage.

These stars are not just there for bragging rights. Earning enough of them will also net you bigger, better firepower. To give you more of a chance against those near immovable blocks, there are four special balls to unlock. Available from the get-go, you start out with a light, Standard Ball. Aside from the tutorial stages, it is most useful for setups requiring finesse and slight taps such as those dealing with trapped baby balls or angry, explosive blocks.

Know Your Balls

Two times the strength, but also double the points needed to launch is the Heavy Ball. Resembling cannon ammo, this is quite useful for pushing blocks which are bunched up close to each other. Although useful in knocking blocks by the bunch, it can be awkward to use for more specific targets.

The Multi Ball can topple high structures like no other. Made up of three balls, it's pretty much the weapon of choice when you want to clear a level fast. Just don't expect to know how the balls will ricochet when there are rubber platforms around. Costing only 15 points to launch, it's a pretty sweet deal as long as you know what you are doing.

If you are the type to go for strength rather than any sort of accuracy, you may try your hand at using the Big Ball. It is the heaviest out of all the upgrades and using it tends to be quite messy. Aside from select stages which are effectively cleared with its brunt force, it is quite fun to use if you are on a repeat run and are just looking for a stress reliever.

The last, but not the least, of the special balls is the Explosive Ball. As you might have already guessed, this ball explodes on contact and does not really leave much room for precision strikes. Though not one for predictability, it is quite handy when it comes to spreading blocks shielded by platforms.

There are many curious platforms and elements which either increase the difficulty of a stage or make a level more enjoyable. These are most fun to use when setting up a combo reaction in order to clear the stage with as few launches as possible.

There are a few variations to the platforms found in the game. The slippery Ice Platform gives you more of a reason to focus on select strikes instead of going overboard with your launches. Of course, they also work to your advantage when it comes to throwing off heavier blocks using light ball types. Rubber platforms make your balls ricochet around a stage. This is where your geometry subject comes into play. Hitting blocks using angles is not that simple when factoring in elements you have to avoid or when aiming for a specific target.

The stages which may cause you quite a bit of frustration are those which have baby balls that you have to rescue. They look like white balls in cages and tend to get annoyingly noisy. At any rate, you are required to keep them on platforms to prevent their untimely demise. And, well, you also lose points if you end up throwing them off. You may hit them with your launches and they pretty much act like block elements themselves.

Finally, the explosive block has the ability to send other blocks flying in various directions. The stages which have this gem are usually those that require a combo setup. So though the levels are initially tricky, they do tend to be quite enjoyable once you find out how they are done.

Controls and Delivery

The game is pretty user friendly. Unlike most game tutorials that you just cannot wait to skip, Blosics 3's basics are integrated flawlessly into the first few stages of the game. Every time a new element is introduced, the game displays an unobtrusive pointer on the background with a handy description of what it does. Pressing on Help on the menu also gives you a short write up about each of the ball upgrades as well as their cost to launch. Nothing too fancy, but that is all that a casual game like this needs.

Graphics are certainly different from the first Blosics installments. Instead of looking more like a technical puzzler, the third in the series employs a more cartoony sort of design. The blocks now have faces and they do react to the beating that they get. The balls come to life as well and at times the baby balls tend to be quite whiny. Basically, the design looks to be more lighthearted the third time around, which may be an attempt to reach out to younger audiences and compete with iOS entries as well. The menus are straightforward and effective. The overall look ties up tidily together and is a fitting entry into the plethora of browser Flash-turned-mobile games out in the market.

The Verdict

Game play-wise, Blosics 3 is still a decent puzzle game. Because of its simple mechanics and user-friendly system, new players will definitely find something to enjoy about the title. Compared to its predecessors however, long time fans may be left wanting more of the old system. Block physics is less lenient this time around so expect some frustration to accompany the fun when it comes to pushing off heavy blocks pre-Multi Ball. The audio is plentiful enough but the whiny voices tend to grate on the ears. Fortunately, the option to turn off the sound effects is within easy reach. You can opt to turn off the background music as well, but in contrast to the sound effects, there is no pressing need to do that. The chosen tracks are perfect for this sort of puzzle and are soothing to the ears.

With 30 stages and an infinite amount or retries, you can spend a good part of your afternoon vying for the upgrade stars. After you beat the game, you get rewarded with a lone screen congratulating you for your efforts. If you are after a somewhat stress-relieving experience, you can go for mass destruction with your Big Ball or Explosive Ball. It could really have extended the replay value if some other modes could be unlocked upon beating the game.

Blosics 3 is something you would not want to miss if you are the type who does not mind solving puzzles in more or less a set fashion. For those who get easily frustrated and do not want any hard or fast rules about how anything is done, we recommend trying out one of the earlier entries in the Blosics series. The bottom line is, this game is a pretty solid entry into the puzzle genre. It is easy enough for beginners and the combo stages can be challenging enough even if you're a veteran. We give this game a large big block's 85/100.

The game is a worthy successor to the first and second game.

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