Blokus is one of those board games that are simple in concept but extremely challenging to master. In the game, you start with 21 Tetris-like blocks of different shapes. Each turn you must place a block down so that your corners, but no sides, are touching. Gameloft’s version is all a Blokus fan could possibly want, with online multiplayer as well as a single player campaign.
The goal is to rack up as many points as possible (one for each block, plus extras for placing down all your blocks and using the one-tile block last). The basic strategy is to block your opponents from making moves, place down your big tiles first, and move to the center quickly. A great tutorial is available in the game to walk you through everything.
There’s gotta be a Tetris in there somewhere.
This version of Blokus includes varieties from both Blokus Classic and Blokus Duo. In Classic, there are four colors and each start from their respective corners. You can play against three opponents, team up with another player, or play one-on-one, where you each control two colors. Duo is a little different. As the name suggests, this is a two-player game where both start from the center on a smaller board.
Gameloft did a great job with the single-player mode. There is a tournament mode where you play preset levels and must accomplish a certain objective, such get a certain number of points or completely block off another color. Quick play is also available, where you can customize a game on the fly.
I blocked your blocks, blockhead.
Multiplayer is where Blokus really shines, however. You can play over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi with friends, but we preferred to take our block-placing skills online. We never had any problems connecting, which has been an issue in the past with online multiplayer in Gameloft titles. The one thing missing is a hotseat multiplayer, but this isn’t a huge deal with so many other options available.
We’ve had a lot of fun with Blokus and hope other variations of the game are coming soon. We’d also love to see the game native on the iPad since it would fit perfectly, but this version works fine pixel-doubled. For less than it costs to buy just one version of the physical game, buying this one is a no-brainer.