- Addictive mix of commonly aped arcade puzzler elements.
- Clean, clear and bold visuals make it easy to keep track of the action.
- Sharp audio track keeps you focused and relaxed.
- Designed with multiple skill levels in mind, from casual to truly hardcore puzzle fans.
- Euro Extreme Mode could be enhanced from a preview-display toggle; or at least a single preview in-line with classic Tetris.
- Currently no achievements for junkies to obsess over.
Puzzlejuice is the perfect way to zone-out while testing your fundamental gaming skills at multitasking in a puzzler environment; gorgeous executed in almost every way.
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If you haven't reached a comfortable state of equilibrium with common arcade titles that feature gameplay elements such as color-matching, word-finding or block tessellating, then I can only assume you're a very VERY recent convert to the world of gaming. Don't worry, you'll join the fold soon enough and if you're interested in getting there even faster you can play Puzzlejuice because it combines all three.
The best part is it caters to those with only a few seconds spare; those who consider themselves experts in all three areas; and those who haven't quite got the hang of either one. 'But how?', I hear you cry out. I doubt it was an easy task, so it's no surprise to see a superstar trio of developers that include a musician from Mass Effect 2; an indie developer who worked on the amusing P.B. Winterbottom; and the artist behind the upcoming Ridiculous Fishing.
To pull off this odd combination of gameplay, the player needs to wrap their head around the basic stages of how the game constantly changes. Initially the game is like Tetris, with blocks that can be dropped in to place at the bottom of the screen. These blocks are covered in colors which can subsequently be matched in groups of three or more if you tap them, turning them in to a random assortment of letters. Similarly, if you create a full line you'll also convert the blocks in to letters. At this point the player can swipe to select words (diagonals are allowed), with blocks surrounding the word also being 'destroyed', allowing play to continue. Multipliers rack up; power-ups eventually add themselves to the mix; and fun in general is had.
There is more to be had though as the basic gameplay (while initially confusing) can be quite easy thanks to the generous clearance of blocks around words. Thankfully those after a challenge can switch to 'Euro Extreme Mode' to remove block clearing around words less than 5 letters long. Completing objectives handed out by the game also rewards the player with power-ups that can be manually chosen before starting up a new game.
Everything about Puzzlejuice exudes with style, subtle humor and clever considerations for the iOS gamer. The bold, bright and clear aesthetics make it easy on the eyes no matter what situation you're in; the subtle, yet clever mechanics keep you satisfied as you constantly multitask; and the crisp, sharp audio pokes at the mind, keeping it alert.
Puzzlejuice is a perfect puzzling package that may not be able to claim being purely original, but the way in which it combines commonly used puzzle tropes is most certainly a treat to enjoy.
DescriptionPuzzlejuice is a game that will punch your brain in the face.
"Puzzlejuice is the only game puzzle fans need." - App Advice
"Puzzlejuice is an enveloping world of gorgeous design, funky music, and falling blocks that you can’t help but fall in love with." - Slide to Play
"It's an inspired effort that will tickle puzzle fans, word-game addicts and aficionados of smart design. Go get it now." - Kotaku
"Loads of frantic gameplay, style and humor." - Touch Arcade
"Every once in a while an iOS game breaks new ground and delivers something ingenious." - App Safari
"Addictive combination of word and puzzle games. Slick presentation and incredible soundtrack." - Gamezebo
Puzzlejuice takes all of the elements of your favorite puzzle games and puts it into one convenient brightly colored package!
This game was designed to challenge both your spatial and verbal abilities and if you don’t feel overwhelmed then you might not be human. It’s a puzzle that will keep you hooked.
COME FOR THE PUZZLE. STAY FOR THE JUICE.
* HOW'S IT WORK? *
Multicolored BLOCKS constantly fall from the top of the screen and it’s up to you to arrange them. Once you complete a row with these blocks they will turn into LETTERS! The only way to clear out these blocks is to spell WORDS. Oh and also you can MATCH COLORS—that will make letters too.
* CORE MODE *
Test your endurance by seeing how long you can withstand the downpour. Complete objectives to unlock POWERUPS that will make you life easier as the game gets harder!
* ZEN MODE EXTREME *
Don't have a lot of time? Great! This mode is Zen because the blocks don't fall, so you don't have to worry about them piling to the top. This mode is EXTREME because you ONLY HAVE 90 SECONDS.
"LOCAL" MULTIPLAYER: There's a lot to do in this game so it's great to play with friends! One of you can sort the blocks while the others look for words. Divide and CONQUER.
PICTURE-IN-PICTURE: We've packed the same experience into both the iPhone and iPad, but we know that phones are small and thumbs are big, so when you start spelling a word on the phone, a preview pops up to show the letters underneath your fingers!
GAME CENTER: Challenge your friends or try to become the world's best Puzzlejuice Master!
DICTIONARY: Spell a word and don't know what it means? No problem, double-tap on a word to look it up.
FOREIGN LANGUAGES: Play the game in English, Spanish, French, Italian, or Dutch!
COLORBLIND SUPPORT: We've got you covered.
It’s not your mother’s word game; it has balls. Brass balls. Puzzlejuice is for closers.
What's New in Version 1.6Oh hey it's been a while!
This update is overdue. My day job was keeping me from the upkeep of Puzzlejuice, which is one of the reasons I left. I am now following my dream of being a completely independent game developer and, as my first act of independence I decided to give Puzzlejuice the update it deserves.
The upside of having that job is that it taught me how to be a much better programmer and I’ve managed to make Puzzlejuice a significantly more stable game. I’ve added achievements, iPhone 5 support, and—in an effort to continue being independent—I’ve added the ability to purchase powerups you haven’t earned yet. (This is totally optional, of course, and will not affect the balance of the game/leaderboards in any way.)
As always I’ve left out a “please rate this game!” popup because I do not want to interrupt your game experience—but taking a spare second to rate the game and voice your opinions is greatly appreciated!
+ Classic icon!
+ iPhone 5 support
+ New powerup menu
+ Purchasable powerups
+ No more music stutter
+ BIG STABILITY IMPROVEMENTS
+ A ton of bug fixes
+ Remember to rate the game
<3 Asher Greg & Jimmy