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99 Bricks Wizard Academy Review

By , on June 11, 2014
Last modified 4 months, 2 weeks ago


99 Bricks Wizard Academy
  • Publisher: WeirdBeard
  • Genre: Arcade
  • Released: 3 Jun, 2014
  • Size: 62.6 MB
  • Price: $2.99
Download on the AppStore
4 out of 5

PROS

  • Entertaining physics construction
  • Easy to pick up, hard to master
  • Cute visual design

CONS

  • Does become a little repetitive

VERDICT

99 Bricks Wizard Academy is a jolly physics construction game that proves while we may have problems, 99 Bricks ain’t one.


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99 Bricks Wizard Academy doesn't waste a moment introducing you to its magical, Tetris-inspired world. The charming puzzler has you fill the pointy shoes of a trainee wizard, and sets you the task of building yourself a tower to call home.

To erect this structure, you must direct Tetris-style blocks into place upon a narrow foundation. You drag each shape toward its intended destination with your finger, while a single tap of the screen allows you to rotate them as they fall from the sky. 

As you build you must make a choice between precision and speed. Creating a broad base adds stability, but ultimately takes forever to yield results that could be achieve in moments through a more gung-ho approach. However, allow three blocks to fall from your structure it's game over, meaning care is essential if you want to reach dizzy heights.

Luckily, reaching set height markers will lock your structure in place. This leads to some bizzare-looking towers, as your pile begins to topple before being magically frozen mid-collapse, leaving you to continue building from a comically wonkey foundation.

There are a host additional goals to keep things fresh. These include tasks such as building your tower wit hout rotating blocks, and a bunch of other equally simple objectives that frequently provide more challenge than you would imagine.

As a wizard, you have access to magic. Powers can be earned from tapping on bubbles that float across the screen, and can then be used at will - providing you have the mana. The most useful of these spells is the cement power. This freezes blocks the moment the touch the tower, enabling you to quickly expand your foundation.

To complicate things further you encounter other wizards jealous of your success. They have their own powers designed to hinder you, including the Phoenix which makes blocks fall uncontrollably. This adds much needed challenge, and stops the construction mechanics becoming stale.

It is hard not to feel happy playing 99 Bricks Wizard Academy. Its cartoony graphics, chirpy audio, and surprisingly deep physics construction ensures you constantly want to take just one more shot at reaching new heights.

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