Sokoban games– games where you push boxes around to clear a path from the beginning of a level to the end– are fun, but rarely does one stand out from the rest. In fact, we can’t recall the last one that wasn’t a collection of puzzles selected through a menu system. Block Rogue is different. Not only does it lack a home base menu, but once you sink your teeth into Block Rogue’s story mode, you’ll be hard-pressed to put the game down.
Block Rogue’s story mode consists of a pyramid dungeon with 325 puzzle rooms. However, since there are many branching pathways, you’ll only play 25 of them in a single play-through. Each room has a mirror that gives you some background on yourself, plus all of the possible final rooms contain an orb that tells you where to find a page to the ‘Book of Lore.’ Every room you complete and any containing book pages are marked on your minimap so you can explore a new path next time.
Escaping dungeons: all in an archaeologist’s hard days work.
You get a couple of options when starting a new round. First, you can choose between random levels and pre-made levels. Note that if you choose pre-made levels, you’ll have to replay some of the same stages multiple times. Also, you can opt out of a difficulty curve and start with challenging levels from the get-go if that’s your thing. There’s also an endless mode where you can keep playing randomized levels for as long as you’d like. This is a nice feature, but story mode is more rewarding, and it’s long enough to give you plenty of variety.
Speaking of variety, Rogue Block has quite a few level mechanics missing from your average Sokoban game. A room might contain boulders that roll until they hit a wall, laser-spouting demons, brick walls that shift up and down when you flip a switch, or more. Using these elements together is often key to completing a puzzle. If you make a mistake, you can undo your last block or boulder move or restart the puzzle.
While we weren’t impressed with its tiresome swipe controls, Block Rogue successfully offers up an intriguing story mode with fun progression. This is a game that hardcore puzzle lovers ought to push their way toward right away.