Dream of Pixels Review
- Very atmospheric in its serenity.
- Odd menu music track.
- Plenty of modes.
- Performance issues on older phones.
- Can take some time to wrap your brain around.
You'd think such a concept as reverse Tetris would be as easy to grasp as it would be trite, but Dream of Pixels is neither, delivering an engaging puzzle game with a unique concept.
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Dream of Pixels is a deceptive title. When one expects a damning expose on the single-mindedness of retro games and those who cling feverishly to nostalgia explored in game form, one does not expect a spin on a gaming classic. We're joking of course. What we have here can be best described as 'reverse Tetris', but that really doesn't do it justice. It's as good a starting off point as any though, so let us commence!
There are multiple game modes that are unlocked through different means, but the main two worth mentioning are classic and puzzle. Classic embodies the game in its purist form. There are clouds at the top of the screen. The piece that shows up in the top left will take a chunk out of the cloud once you tap an area and let go. The piece can be rotated by using sort of a smart aim guide system, where the outline of the shape will change depending on the block area you pass your finger over - usually based on the likeliest wish of the player. If you clear a line of cloud, you will get points for it. Just like in Tetris four lines cleared is very beneficial to your score and your stress levels, as the game speeds up every time you level up by eradicating a certain number of lines. If you leave chunks of cloud hovering there, not only do they impede your placement, but your pixely dream will start to fade into waking if they reach the bottom of the screen, ending your game session.
The game is true to its name and contains a dreamlike quality with the cloudy blocks evoking images of starry nights or gorgeous sunsets. The music reinforces this theme, although the track chosen for the menu can nicely be described as odd, yet surprisingly catchy. Most of the other modes are variations on the classic mode (mostly being harder versions), though 'Puzzle' is an interesting beast, with an image made out of blocks that has to be completely cleared from the screen by using the shapes at your disposal. What starts off novel and basic soon becomes head-scratchingly complex, and it's a nice change of pace from the main mode.
Dream of Pixels is a rather low-key puzzle game, but it still manages to inspire the same level of dedication as the title that inspired it. You can use the game to unwind, as things never really get that taxing in puzzle mode or the lower levels of classic, or you can use the 'Pro' or 'Shattered Dreams' mode to really test your mettle. Either way, it takes a classic formula, turns it on its head and wraps it up in fluff, and we do mean that literally. This has the potential to appeal to a wide audience.
Description"Dream of Pixels is fantastically clever, and I would dare to say that it’s an even better gameplay experience than [the classic]."
★ 100 ★ PadGadget.com, Juli Clover ★
A beautiful falling blocks puzzle game, in reverse!
★ BEST iPhone/iPad Game of November 2012 ★ metacritic ★ iQi TOP 10 iPhone and iPad game of November 2012 ★ Pocket Gamer ★
"Upside-down 'Tetris' Turns Me Inside-out" -- TouchArcade
"Play 'Tetris' in Reverse" -- Mashable, Top Story!
ZEIT ONLINE -- "Wer bei 'Tetris' die Welt um sich herum vergisst, dem wird es bei Dream of Pixels genauso ergehen."
★ Top Story on Mashable.com ★
★ Game of the Week on TouchArcade forum ★
★ New & Noteworthy iPhone app in 88 countries! ★
★ TOP 10 iPad Puzzle in 10 countries incl. US ★
★ TOP 100 iPhone Game in 25 countries incl. US ★
Stellar critic reviews:
★ 4.5 ★ TouchArcade.com
★ 4.5 ★ Modojo.com
★ 4.0 ★ 148apps.com
★ 5.0 ★ AppAdvice.com
★ 5.0 ★ PadGadget.com
★ Game of the Week ★ TouchArcade forum
★ Game of the Week ★ Modojo.com
★ Game of the Week ★ AppAdvice.com
★ Game of the Week ★ g4tv.com
★ App of the Day ★ GameTrailers.com
★ App of the Day ★ Kotaku.com GAOTD
★ App of the Day ★ eurogamer
A brilliant twist on the old classic - unpack tetromino blocks instead of the usual packing. Tap on the mesmerizing grid to unpack tetrominos and watch them spin, rotate and fall. Clear the lines from the beautiful cloudy grid fast enough - or it's dream over.
★ ENJOY the beautiful ever-changing visuals!
★ UNPACK lines in this brilliant twist on the falling blocks classic!
★ PLAY 5 modes: Classic, Puzzle, Pro, Nightmare and Shattered Dream!
★ RELAX in Zen Puzzle mode - slow down and think about it!
★ LISTEN to the amazing music, matching the visual experience perfectly!
★ CHALLENGE your friends via the new Game Center challenges!
★ SHARE animated screenshots on Twitter and Facebook!
"If only I could look up and touch a tetromino-filled sky... Until then, I thankfully have Dream of Pixels."
★ 90 ★ toucharcade.com, John Polson ★
"... a developer like Dawn of Play comes along with a delightful surprise like Dream of Pixels, one of the dreamiest gaming apps on iTunes."
★ Gaming App of the Day ★ Kotaku.com, Mike Fahey ★
"Every aspect of the game has been thought through with care."
★ App of the Day ★ eurogamer.net, Tom Phillips ★
"... offering an interesting and somewhat relaxing jaunt through the world of tetrominos and stunning visuals."
★ Game of the Week ★ G4's Knuckle Up, Ashley Esqueda, g4tv.com ★
"The sheer addictiveness is more than enough to warrant a purchase but the wealth of bonus modes (especially Puzzle) make it a no-brainer."
★ 4/5 ★ 148apps.com ★
"If you’re in the mood for a fantastic falling blocks puzzle game, then I highly recommend you drop everything that you’re doing right now and buy Dream of Pixels. In fact, if you can only get one game this week, make it this one. You won’t regret it."
★ Game of the Week ★ AppAdvice.com, Christine Chan ★
"... you'll immediately fall in love with what is arguably one of the finest titles not just on mobile, but gaming in general."
★ Game of the Week ★ Modojo.com, Chris Buffa ★ 90 ★
"Dream of Pixels is fantastically clever, and I would dare to say that it’s an even better gameplay experience than [the classic]."
★ 100 ★ PadGadget.com, Juli Clover ★
"In short, we love this game."
★ App of the Day ★ GameTrailers.com, Chris Buffa ★
"A classic puzzle game I bet you've never seen before."
★ Editor's Pick ★ Best10App.com ★
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What's New in Version 1.0.1512 new features at 12:12:12 on 12/12/2012:
★ 40 NEW puzzles -> 100 puzzles total!
★ ASK FOR HELP with puzzles and share animated solutions!
★ iCloud SYNC for unlocked puzzles and modes!
★ SOLVED iPhone notifications hiding the tetromino - now also shown on the bottom left! (see Settings to turn it off/on)
★ NEW RECORD local high score notification!
★ CHRISTMAS surprise (hint: new Classic skin that will activate on Christmas day)!
★ GIFT this GAME button!
★ NOTIFICATIONS of achievement now customized and sliding up from the bottom edge!
★ Game Center offline mode tweaks - now syncs achievements and scores when coming back online!
★ check for other music playing even when just switching to foreground!
★ white screen fade tweaks - also see Settings!
★ "You won!" text in Nightmare on successfully merging all the blocks!