Rock Blast Review
Rock Blast box art
System: DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: UFO Interactive 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: UFO Interactive 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Aug. 5, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

The difficulty curve is very gradual and definitely geared more towards a younger audience. Each stage requires you to meet a lava rock quota, and the first few dozen of the game's 99 levels aren't overly tough. The ability to continue where you left off each time you lose softens the blow of biting it after working hard for tons of levels, but it also takes out much of the difficulty and sense of reward gained for your efforts. Still, the game is hard to put down simply because there's something inherently fun about shooting colored circular objects at formations of other colored circular objects.

Rock Blast screenshot

The upbeat, kid-friendly style is pleasing and not entirely over-the-top. A pre-historic theme is a little cheesier than necessary, but it works for what the game is going for. The music and sound effects gently accentuate the colorful presentation, though they don't significantly add or subtract much to the equation.

Two separate control schemes offer different ways to play, depending on the situation. The stylus controls are excellently implemented and offer a greater level of speed and precision when aiming your shots. They're preferable during normal play. Firing with touch controls is as simple as tapping and holding the stylus on the screen to move your aiming cursor before letting go to make the shot. The only downside is this setup is prone to create accidental shots, since quick taps will launch your rock munitions immediately. The slightly less wieldy button and D-pad scheme is sluggish in comparison, but it's more manageable when playing in the car or on-the-go.

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Rock Blast isn't a decent game for its originality - it has little. It's a good game because it successfully apes the gameplay mechanics of Bust-A-Move, Snood, and other similar titles. Those puzzle games are notoriously addictive, and it's difficult to completely knock a game built on the same solid framework. Rock Blast follows suit, and it's far too easy to accidentally get absorbed into whiling away an hour or so matching colored rocks floating in lava. The problem - aside from being a blatant rip-off - is the game lacks much challenge and variety. It's definitely worth picking up for the kids, but older players looking for a puzzle fix are going to want to stick with one of the more mature puzzle games the concept is vamped from.

By Nathan Meunier
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.3
Graphics
The visuals are bright, colorful, and very kid-friendly.
3.9
Control
Stylus controls are spot-on, though the traditional D-pad and buttons setup is functional in a pinch.
3.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Laid back, cheerful music and basic sound effects don't really stand out much.
3.5

Play Value
Tons of levels and reasonably addictive gameplay, but it's more for the younger crowds. It borrows a ton from Bust-A-Move yet certainly doesn't beat it.

3.4
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Game Modes: Lots of variety and game modes for all puzzle fanatics. Challenge all 99 levels in the classic Story Mode and master the art of timing and precision in the Time Attack and Survival Mode.
  • Puzzles: Tons of puzzles for those who prefer a casual experience. The player must eliminate all the rocks with a given amount of moves.
  • Multiplayer: Two players can battle and test each other's ability to think and react fast. Battle for supremacy and send rocks to your opponent in the Battle Mode or play for the highest score in Time Attack.
  • Dinosaur Supporters: Upgrade up to 5 dinosaurs each with their special abilities. Build each skill to help you destroy, dodge, and cool down the rising lava rocks.
  • Simple Control Scheme: Crafted for all players, this game features easy to use Control Pad and Touch Screen controls that are changeable on the fly.


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