Tower Bloxx Deluxe 3D

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Compete against your friends on Facebook, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Tower Bloxx is an award-winning and highly addictive game with over 4 million players on Facebook and other gaming platforms.
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Tower Bloxx Deluxe 3D Review

Ever wonder what it’s like to build a city with a drunk crane operator? Tower Bloxx Deluxe 3D, Digital Chocolate’s unique take on a stacking game, lets you do just that. The basic premise is simple: construct towers and try to house as many people as possible. But great games can grow out of small ideas like this, and Tower Bloxx is one of them.

Tower building involves dropping a succession of equally-sized tower segments on top of one another from a crane. The operator is probably drunk, as each segment is suspended by a swaying rope. Touch the screen to drop while aiming for a perfect fit with its predecessor. People with umbrellas then float down from the sky into the tower segment just added–the extended Poppins family? Unaligned tower pieces will sway dangerously, while a perfect match will trigger a combo timer and score multipliers. Misplaced segments–missing the tower or toppling an unstable one–will cost you one of your three lives.

In the standard Build City campaign mode, the game starts with three towers: residential blue, commercial red and office green. The blue is the smallest tower at ten segments and can be placed anywhere on the district grid. Red towers can be placed only adjacent to blue towers, and green towers need to be adjacent to a red and blue tower. Each district becomes a puzzle of where to fit towers to maximize population. You can’t check the population of each tower, but you can replace any tower with another, which will show the change in population. As population milestones are reached, more features are unlocked, such as “Trophy Roofs,” which only appear after building a stellar tower and add to the tower’s population.

There are three additional modes of play after Build City. Quick Tower is for building the tallest tower imaginable. Time Attack is a race against the clock to build a tower, with every ten segments giving a time boost. Party Mode introduces a two-player screen, which challenges your partner to a race to build a tower to a specified height. The music during the tower building is a soothing lullaby-type music, which helps concentration a bit, but there is no way to play your own music.

Tower Bloxx Deluxe 3D offers hours of entertainment with few complaints. Seeing hot-air balloons in the background was a treat, too. We never thought stacking blocks could be so fun.

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Tower Bloxx Deluxe 3D First Look

We knew it was only a matter of time before Digital Chocolate brought Tower Bloxx, one of the most celebrated mobile games of the last several years, to the iPhone. The $5.99 Tower Bloxx Deluxe 3D plays the same as the original, but it features souped-up graphics and a few other new tricks as well.

Although opinions vary, many mobile games journalists believe that Tower Bloxx was main source of the one-button design revolution in mobile games–the final realization that mobile and console were irreconcilably different platforms… and that it was okay! In fact, concepts like Tower Bloxx are much better served without complex gameplay and controls, which only get in the way of the fun. This game is half carnival skill test, half spatial puzzle, and completely addictive throughout.

The skill-based section involves dropping building sections from an oscillating hook to form as straight a tower as possible. The higher you get, the more your tiny errors of placement compound, causing the building to sway and raising the degree of difficulty. Unlike similar iPhone games like Topple, you can’t counteract the swaying using tilt controls, so precision is key.

The puzzle half requires you to strategically plop these completed towers down on a city map to max out your population. There are four different colors of tower (blue, red, green and yellow, in order of ascending height and population), and there are criteria for placing them–for instance, red towers may only be placed next to blue, and green need to be next to a red and a blue.

Tower Bloxx Deluxe 3D is similar to the premium PC version of the game in terms of its enhanced presentation, which sports 3D-modeled buildings and much fancier backgrounds and interface graphics. It also includes a Time Attack mode for seeing how tall you can grow a single tower, as well as a two-player Party Game mode that’s a split-screen competitive race between two builders.

We’ll be reviewing this game in the near future. For the moment, you can give the free web version a try here, and check out footage of the premium PC version below.