[Beyond PlayStation] bloxiq Review
bloxiq, originally on PS Vita, is now on Nintendo Switch. Learn more about this clever puzzler in our bloxiq review!
Before I start, I want to mention something: the game is hard. As in, really hard. It’s harder than, say, using a Rubik’s Cube, but if you’re a fan of puzzle games and don’t mind a hearty challenge, then this one is definitely for you. What we’re getting on Nintendo Switch is a port of the game that originally released on the PlayStation Vita several years ago, with no extra levels or added bells and whistles. The good news is that the game looks and feels great on the Nintendo Switch in portable mode thanks to the considerably larger and way sharper screen on Nintendo’s hybrid console.
bloxiq is different than an actual Rubik’s Cube since you don’t have the physical feedback from touching and moving an actual cube. Knowing that, bloxiq asks that you line up and match four colors to make them disappear, the usual match-three gameplay mechanic but with four pieces needed, which is why it’s more difficult. You can zoom inside the cubes to alter the colors to make lines of four, but just a handful of levels into the 100 level puzzler you will start to feel the burn. It’s a clever concept that works great when playing on the TV or on the go.
There are levels where you can only make a set number of moves, and once you run out of moves, you’re done. There are also objective based levels as well where the game will ask you to do simple tasks, from matching a couple of lines to something more complicated like chaining matches where you have to continuously make matches back to back. Getting stuck is not fun at all, and there is no hint system, so if you’re completely stumped on a level, then you better take some deep breaths and relax so that you can find a new way of solving the conundrum at hand. I’m usually not one for hints in puzzlers, but in this case, I’m certainly going to sing a different tune.
bloxiq does a lot of things right, providing us with a ton of puzzles to play with 100 challenging levels that will keep you busy for a while. You will start to learn the basics with puzzles that slowly but surely ramp up the difficulty as you go, making it a very challenging puzzle experience that benefits from a very simple control layout. It’s a solid game, and I really like the concept despite the difficulty bump, which might be a deal-breaker for some of you out there, but if you give it a try, you’ll find a colorful puzzler that will push you to your limits.
This bloxiq review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Blot Interactive.