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Chunkout review (iOS / Universal)

November 5, 2011

“If you don’t like what you see here
Get the funk out”

10 word description: Delete chunks of two or more coloured blocks – clear level.

10 word review: Simple yet addictive. Hampered by uninspiring visuals and single mode.

Here's your randomly generated level 1 grid. Fruit, vegetables, robots or even zombies would be better than primary coloured blocks

You will like this if you enjoy: Block clearing puzzle games. Match-3 style games – it isn’t Match-3, but it’s a close comparison.

Clearing groups of 3 or more blocks fills up the power bar

The good news: It’s simple and addictive. The games are quick, particularly if you’re rubbish at clearing the whole of the first level! Score multiplier adds a great high-scoring mechanism.

After you tap the power bar, your next group of cleared blocks gets a score multiplier applied to it

The bad news: The description (on the app store) is not particularly interesting and the inclusion of a backstory that hints at Boulderdash / Miner 2049’er gameplay is confusing. Visually, the game looks like a red/green/blue grid with not a lot going on. Claiming that there are “Amazing HD Retina Graphics”, when the screenshots tell a hugely different story, doesn’t do the game any favours. There’s only one mode; there could be more.

The idea is not to leave any blocks behind, taking you on to level 2. Most of the time, I fail in a rather unspectacular fashion

Arcadelife verdict: I hate making myself sound like a graphics whore, but if this game looked a bit prettier and had an additional mode or two then it would be a lot easier to recommend. As it is, it’s an addictive enough block-clearing game but  it doesn’t have enough going for it to draw loads of people in. The core game is good enough, it just needs jazzing up  and a bit of a marketing makeover too.

Game Over - at least until they tart it up a bit

Arcadelife rating: 50/100

Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.2
iTunes link

Chunkout website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (OS 5.0)
iPad (OS 5.0)
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