Super Stack Attack review (iPod/iPhone)

March 18, 2011

“These stacks, they keep me down, so I build some more”

10 word description: Physics based stacking game; stack falling blocks; challenges & endless mode.

10 word review: Great looking Retina display; smooth, polished, gets difficult very quickly!

You will like this if you enjoy: [Casual] physics games, falling block games, challenging timing-based games. 

Stack 15 - yeah, that will be easy ...

The good news: This looks great on retina display. It’s very polished and smooth. I really like the art style.

Several attempts later - the block on top is looking worried for a reason.

The bad news: I found it surprisingly hard for such a cute looking game. That may not be bad news, depending on your expectations.


Orange block - man, you look just how I feel...

Arcadelife verdict: Anyone fancying a crack at a deceptively difficult, yet very cute looking physics game, sign up here. As usual, click my screenshots to see the full size Retina display images – very cool, and even better in motion. There are 2 different game modes: a set of challenge levels and an endless mode.

The blocks themselves are depicted as individual characters, each with their own facial characteristics and expressions. This works well with the cute “cut-out-paper” graphic style because it gives you some characters to look at and worry about, rather than the comparatively clinical block-dropping of games like Tetris.

The game is indeed challenging; it took me a while to get to level 4, where the objective is to stack 15 blocks. That sounds quite easy, but I found that by the time I was at block 12 or 13, tiny mistakes in placement that I had made about 10 blocks earlier were enough to start the tower leaning and teetering to destruction. It’s not exactly frustrating, but I got the feeling that maybe the earlier levels could perhaps have been a little more forgiving. Of course, other players may pick this up and whizz through the first half a dozen levels, wondering what on earth I’m babbling on about.

Ultimately, what you’re getting here is a polished, well designed casual game with a fairly steep difficulty curve, rather attractive graphics and a bunch of amusing block characters to brighten up the whole experience. If you’re after a new pick-up-and play game and you don’t want a particularly easy ride, you won’t go wrong with this one. 

It’s not at all relevant, but is it just me or is there some similarity here:

Exhibit A

Exhibit B

OK, it’s just me. Whatever, here’s a video… 

The version of  that Arcadelife reviewed is 1.0  

iTunes link

Flaming Mitten website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (OS 4.3)

One comment

  1. It’s just you 🙂

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