Assemblage (iPhone) Game Review: Block Stacking Done Right

Stacking toy blocks to see how high you can go seems to satisfy an innate childlike curiosity on how far you can push the envelope, one that we continue to possess even in adulthood. Certain games tap into this and Assemblage for the iPhone can be counted as one one of them, and the result is one fantastic game.

This physics puzzle game will have players stacking different shapes together to see whether the structure holds for 5 seconds, failing which players will have to start over. The level design is ingenious, with the ones with small fixed points placed far apart (acting as the base to your impending tower) proving to be the more challenging ones.

Placement is important. Shapes may fall off immediately if you place them wrongly (circles can roll off) and sometimes you’ll end up triggering a cascading structural failure, causing all your hard work to be destroyed. With this in mind, there are thankfully no time limits in each level, allowing you to focus on building your structure.

The gameplay more than makes up for the shortcomings in the looks department (if you have not noticed from the screenshots, it looks downright basic), and the game has a 100 levels to keep players occupied. Assemblage is now available on the App Store for the iPhone for just USD 0.99. Check it out: RECOMMENDED.

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  2. Trishya December 20, 2010

    Assemblage is by bar the best block game I’ve ever played on my iphone, the graphics are a bit shaky but the gameplay is brilliant as you said, stuck at level 43 though 🙁

  3. Ray December 20, 2010

    Thanks for the feedback, we’re planning an update pretty soon and would like to boost the graphics up to something a little prettier. We’re also going to unlock all the levels from the start, as one of our biggest criticisms is getting stuck on a level with no way to bypass it.

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