It’s easier to destroy than it is to build, but is it as fun? In the case of DChoc’s Jungle Bloxx–the third game in the Bloxx series–we’d say yes. This game may not be as strong as the earlier ones, but it still has a cool concept behind it. There’s many hours of block-popping puzzlement to be had here.
Thunder Block chaos!
Each level is a carefully balanced pile of blocks with a diamond poised on top of it. The idea is to “pop” certain blocks with a touch, carefully lowering the diamond onto the goal platform. Shrewd play allows you to hit par for a gold medal; unwise popping results in a tumble-down mess, a wild fall, and a busted diamond.
It’s a lot like a 2D game of Boom Blox, down to the cartoon monkeys capering around the block piles.
After Jungle Bloxx brings you up to speed on the basics, the difficulty ramps up significantly. The structures become more and more precarious, to the point that it takes a good eye and expert timing to take them apart safely.
Plus, each set of 10 levels is set in a different “lost city,” featuring a new style of special block to adjust to. For instance, lava blocks kill all adjacent blocks when popped, ice blocks shatter on impact, and boulder blocks split up into small pebbles, disrupting the puzzle.
It definitely takes some practice to get used to the game’s slightly off-kilter physics. For one thing, the ponderous movement of the blocks makes it seem like the game’s set on the moon, instead of the jungle.
The various game pieces don’t balance quite the way you’d expect them to, either. This is especially true of the diamond, which barely rolls at all, despite being round. It often comes to rest in awkward, unrealistic positions, forcing a level restart.
The game’s presentation was clearly not a big priority. It has the look of a hasty port, with exactly one background graphic, and the animation is stilted. A single flute-and-bongos tune is provided for jungle ambiance.
That said, Jungle Bloxx’s many excellent puzzles are enough to earn it our recommendation at $2.99. The third time is still charming for the Bloxx series.