Block Fortress Review
- For a creative mind, there seems to be limitless potential to enjoy the world on offer.
- Very high learning curve.
It's Minecraft meets Tower Defense on the iOS. You're either gonna love it or loathe it.
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[Editor's Note: I've been playing the game quite seriously since recording the footage and I must say my personal experience mirrors much of what has been said below; the game has a wealth of depth, but scratching more than the surface can be very, very difficult. If the game looks appealing (as it did to me), search out some guides and you'll be lost for hours!]
Games like Block Fortress can be quite a challenge to review. Not only does the game have a imposing learning curve to understand how it all works, but you could spend hours just crafting a beautiful looking base, only to have it overwhelmed and destroyed by the enemy because it's going to take hours more to work out the best way to survive the onslaught of their forces. We may be getting ahead of ourselves here. Block Fortress is essentially Minecraft mixed with a tower defense game... and yes, that is exactly why the learning curve can be imposing (those who have played Minecraft will understand).
There are three game modes, and they work like a slider system of difficulty. Sandbox mode will give you unlimited resources and allow you to dictate when the enemies attack, survival mode has a cycle of waves, starting you out with limited resources, and quickstart is kind of in the middle. When the game begins, you are in build mode and need to place your barracks on whichever map you choose (either by selection or random). You move by placing your thumb in the bottom left corner, and look around by using another finger anywhere else on the screen. You have a quick selection bar down the bottom, and these items can be swapped out or added to by accessing the build menu in the top right corner. Once a block is selected you can place a section on the map to place it, and blocks can be stacked as high as you like. Attacks come from all directions so you need to make sure your base is secure on all four sides.
The quick selection bar contains a base of stone to build walls (which is a weaker material that enemies can destroy very easily), a machine gun turret, and a power block, which will power a small section of your base and defenses. If you're not playing on sandbox mode, you will need to place mine shafts to acquire resources to bolster your defenses (as well as upgrade all your turrets and buildings), and farms will help keep your health up, as you as the player are in the fray as well. Once the attack begins, you can access a firearm, move around the map, and climb up any surface. The killing of enemies grants experience which will result in better weapons for the player, and this cycle of building, bolstering, and killing repeats itself until you are overrun.
Even the visual style is quite similar to Minecraft making it harder not to keep making comparisons. It just seems to be more focused on survival gameplay than crafting. This review sadly has only scratched the surface of what is possible. Those with a desire for creativity and experimentation in their gameplay will be able to spend countless hours in Block Fortress, creating the perfect defenses through constant experimentation. Others will be put off by a large initial learning curve (with inadequate tutorial). This seems to truly be a 'love it or leave it' title, and hopefully this review has given you a good impression of which camp you fall into.
DescriptionBuild your fortress, and defend it to the end!
Block Fortress gives you the freedom to create a stronghold in almost any way you can imagine, then puts you in the middle of the action trying to defend it. Put your skills as a builder and a fighter to the test as you try to survive the relentless attacks of the menacing Goblocks!
• a unique mix of TD and FPS gameplay
• complete freedom to build your base in any way you choose, from towering fortresses, to sprawling castles
• customize your blocks, weapons, and equipment using a massive crafting system
• team up with your friends in 2-4 player cooperative and competitive multiplayer
• fortify your walls with over 30 different building blocks
• defend your base with more than 16 advanced turret types
• gear up your character with tons of weapons and equipment, including rocket launchers, miniguns, shrink rays, jet packs, and more!
• lots of support blocks - including power generators, depth charges, land mines, spotlights, teleporters, zip lines, and more!
• day and night cycle - build lights and spotlights to prepare yourself for the harsh night!
• several game modes, including a sandbox mode and a more intense survival mode
• 7 different types of terrain to conquer
• upload and share your creations, and download others
• up to 4 player cooperative multiplayer
• up to 4 player competitive arena battles
What's New in Version 1.6• Deck the halls with a limited-time Christmas theme!
• Take the battle to the depths of the ocean with an all new underwater map
• New weapons: grenade launcher, flame thrower, and devastator
• New equipment: grappling hook
• New turret: nerve gas launcher
• Enhanced sky, vegetation, and water graphics
• Increased frame rate to 60 fps on most devices
• Realistic soft terrain lighting effects
• Increased the field of view
• Improved multiplayer experience (decreased lag)
• Optimized save game files
• Bug fixes and optimizations