- Tight, intuitive controls.
- Delightfully satisfying explosions; why can't more things be solved with bombs?
- Easy to replicate results; takes the sting out of trial and error.
- Manual camera control is helpful, but fiddly.
- Challenge ramps up slowly; relaxing, but puzzles lack a 'bite'.
Blast-A-Way invokes the friendly atmosphere of Little Big Planet, but puts you behind the wheel of three explosive maniacs set on solving their problems with brute force - all for the children you have to understand.
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Illusion Labs are quickly working their way up my list of developers I can trust to provide fresh and compelling reasons to pick up an iOS device. Blast-A-Way is their latest release and you’re charged with the task of returning the young ‘boxies’ back to safety by blasting them free of the blocks they’re stuck inside.
Those used to navigating touch-screen interfaces will appreciate the smart, casual simplicity of Blast-A-Way’s controls. Dragging one of the three robot heroes will move them around, while tapping and holding a block will throw a bomb at the angle indicated when you let go. There’s no need to concern yourself with the specifics of the ‘power’ of a shot, but rather where the bomb will land, thus removing the almost ever-present specter of ‘random success’ from the physics-puzzler formula.
Bombs themselves can only affect or be triggered by blocks of a similar color. Explosive bombs trigger on impact; sticky bombs stick to any surface; teleporters move you around the stage; and later on you’ll also be introduced to rebuilders to put blocks back together; sponges to soak up colors on the stage; and colorizers to remove blocks that would otherwise impede you.
It’s a novel system that makes for incredibly complex stages that require you to consider each step carefully before proceeding. As such the game is less of a puzzler at times and more of a trial-and-error, ‘what do I do next’ sort of game, but the detail in the presentation sells the idea as a fun time-waster in these instances and you’re sure to find a level to stump you here and there.
From Rube Goldberg-ian style contraptions to brain-teasers that require you to control multiple robots, conquering the game’s 80 available stages across multiple ‘areas’ will keep you busy for hours. Definitely worth checking out if you need something fresh in your puzzle repertoire.
DescriptionHelp three robot heroes save the lost Boxies throughout the many levels made of wood, metal, fabric, stone and plastic. To accomplish this honourable mission they have to use bombs, teleporters, rebuilders, colorizers, portals, color gates and more, found in and around the levels.
If you love to use your brain capacity to solve clever puzzles, to save helpless creatures, to blow things to pieces, then Blast-A-Way is definitely a game for you! A true 3D physics puzzler like nothing you have ever seen before. Young or old this game will bring you hours of satisfaction and joy through problem solving and skill trials as well as plenty of laughs along the way.
Blast-A-Way is a unique, slow-paced Adventure-Puzzler set out in a beautiful and stylistic 3D environment. Blast-A-Way is created by the Swedish studio Illusion Labs, who previously brought you Touchgrind, Touchgrind BMX, the original Labyrinth games and other titles such as Sway and Foosball.
Wonderful 3D environments
True 3D physics
Great music and sound effects
3 robot heroes
5 worlds with different materials
80 mind twisting levels
Hours and hours of fun
Many cool explosions
See what the experts think about Blast-A-Way:
"The Illusion Labs mark of quality permeates this release as well, with fantastic visuals, great sound, and an overall well thought out design." - TouchArcade
"Brand new gameplay that is so enjoyable & engaging, Brilliant 3D design, Nails everything. Overall Score 5.0" - Apple'N'Apps
"Blast-A-Way has plenty of outright brilliant moments, and it’s sublime when a puzzle comes together just perfectly. Illusion Labs has a great feel for how iOS games should work, and it’s in effect here with Blast-a-Way." - 148 Apps