Paperbloxx, available for iPhone and iPad through the Apple App Store, is a new take on Tetris that adds a colour based element to the gameplay and features decent stylings, excellent sonics and added Game Center functionality.
Paperbloxx is very similar to Tetris, in the way that you have to rotate vertically falling shapes to complete horizontal lines. Each time you complete a horizontal line, that line disappears, and allowing the pile to reach the top of the screen means it is game over. Tapping the screen will rotate the current shape, and swiping left or right will move it in that direction.
In Paperbloxx, the blocks are also of varying colour and some are altogether different objects, adding an extra layer to the gameplay, as well as extra visual interest. It is also important to note that Paperbloxx has some shapes that you won’t find in Tetris, which does add something a bit different from usual.
The game has a good look, with various office equipment used to enhance the graphics, with a paper backdrop and crunched up coloured paper forming some of the blocks. It actually gives the game a nice feel, and helps to differentiate it from the pack.
Special mention must go to the music, which sounds like the soundtrack to a 1990s Amiga game. It is great, and takes the game to another level, making you want to come back and play more, just to listen to it.
Paperbloxx gets most of its replay value from some very intelligent use of Game Center, with plenty to keep you coming back for more, which is particularly nice as the game is free to play, with no ads or in-app purchases to be found, which is a refreshing change.
Overall, if you are looking for some Tetris-style action with a new look and superb soundtrack, then Paperbloxx comes highly recommended as a great, free, option.