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BLACKOUT! Review

By Andrew Nesvadba, on April 25, 2010


BLACKOUT!
  • Publisher: Disney
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • Released: 5 Apr, 2010
  • Size: 29.8 MB
  • Price: $0.99
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PROS

  • Complex gem-matching puzzle gameplay.
  • 55 levels with changing mechanics.
  • Art-deco inspired artwork.

CONS

  • Easy to end up with a dead board.

VERDICT

If you're a fan of gem-matching games, BLACKOUT! will give you a new challenge with 55 puzzles to complete and an endless mode that will keep you busy well after the main story is over.


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BLACKOUT! by Sunken Media is the latest puzzle game to be published by Disney for the App Store. Players will require more than just their luck and observational skills as BLACKOUT! focuses on the puzzle aspect of powering up cities that have been without power for too long.

Power sources under the city have been blocked off, but carefully clearing out paths will allow the energy to flow around the level in order to light up the remaining switched off lights. Paths can be blown up by combining explosives with three or more gems in the 'Power' mode or just a single gem in 'Light' mode. Once enough gems are destroyed you'll earn special power-ups to help you complete each level. Caution is still required despite the puzzle aspect of the game as random gem spawns can block corners of the level, making it hard to progress.

Art-deco inspired designs are evident throughout the game, from its interface right down to the bombs you detonate. This keeps things clean and easy to read, while the special effects provide a healthy splash of color to keep things exciting. The music is a soft blend between jazzy synth tones and some grinding rock moments, but iTunes is supported for background music if you're after a change.

You'll be kept busy for some time as you complete the game's 55 levels that slowly introduces new mechanics you progress, while an endless mode is available out of the box. A great addition to anyone's puzzle collection.

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