Gridblock

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Sometimes life gets in the way of the important things–the important things being playing video games. Recently this has caused me to spend a lot of time stuck on trains, and not enough time playing video games. So I have taken to playing mobile games. I’ve never really been a big mobile gamer, as I have always had phones with awful battery lives, but beggars can’t be choosers.

Train Games reviews will focus on three main criteria: battery life, internet connectivity and whether or not it can keep my interest for at least 30 minutes. All games are played on a Sony Xperia Z2.

Train games will be rated as follows:
✔: Suitable train game
✖: Unsuitable train game
–: Okay train game

If you have any train game recommendations for me, send me a tweet at @BrittA2211.

Gridblock is a puzzle game by developers Funbly. It is free to download, and currently has a rating of 3.6 on the Google Play stoare. The general premise of this game is that you are given three sets of blocks at a time, which you place anywhere in the grid. Once you have placed those three, you get three more. When you fill a column or row, it clears from the grid. The idea is to keep placing blocks and clear as many rows and columns as you can, so you don’t get gridlocked. (See where the name came from? Its a pun.) If this game has taught me one thing, it is that you can plan as well as possible, and life will still give you one block that fucks you over.

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It does have ads, which pop up immediately when you can no longer place any blocks. There are reports in Google Play reviews where the game has ended while the player still had room to place blocks, but I have not experienced this. With that in mind, it is annoying having the ad pop up straight away, not giving me time to check out where I went wrong. It can also be a bit funny to get used to moving the blocks at first, and can sometimes feel a bit non-responsive.

If you are a fan of puzzles, it will keep your interest for long enough, and I can easily play for over half an hour – with the occasional rage quit. Gridblock requires no internet connectivity, and is light on battery use, which makes it great for extended playing times, and playing in areas where there is little reception.

Verdict: 

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