Lotsa Blocks (Universal) by Backabit – the second game released by the independent game studio – is a simple block-stacking game, at least on the surface. With a lot of strategy involved in winning – and some awesome multiplayer options – this isn’t just a cartoonish Tetris clone.
Players are given blocks one at a time, which come in a variety of shapes, sizes and special abilities, and are challenged to stack them on top of each other to reach the finish line. Players are further aided by collectable power-ups – from band-aids which hold blocks together, to lightning blots that remove unwanted blocks, to locks to keep the platform in place, and even rabbits which multiply blocks.
There are a total of seven game modes in all that can either be unlocked through game play or via IAP. The three single-player modes include “Adventure” mode which allows players to play through each of the 140 levels sequentially, “Free Fall” mode where players tilt their device to position blocks, an endless mode. The three Game Center multiplayer modes include “Last Block Standing” where players compete against others in turn-based play, “Versus” mode where players race an online opponent to the goal, and “Online Co-Op” mode – a two-player, turn-based version of the solo “Adventure” mode.
There’s a lot to love about Lotsa Blocks: the retina graphics, the ability to play in any orientation, intuitive and responsive controls, iCloud game data sync, 60+ Game Center achievements, polished graphics, a 6-song soundtrack, cute sound effects. It is blatantly obvious that the developers spent a lot of time perfecting every aspect of the game. Animations and the in-game tutorials are straight-forward and smooth, and the game physics feel natural and interactions between objects are always as expected.
A lot of things that make this game fantastic, but the attention to detail and sheer amount of content really separate it from the rest of the group. And it all shipped with the initial release. Great game concept, great graphics, intuitive controls, multiplayer modes, high replayability: it’s everything players want in a casual iOS game.