Review: Blocks for Mac is a new twist on an old favorite

Enjoy a Tetris-style puzzle game with this basic but fun app.

We've loved Tetris ever since we started playing it on our NES in the 1980s, and we're always excited to try out any variation on the Tetris theme. Blocks for Mac isn't perfect, but we found ourselves spending more time playing it than we had intended, which is always a good sign.

Our biggest problem with Blocks for Mac became apparent as soon as we launched the program; the window was too tall to fit completely on our screen, and there was no way to resize it. It was possible to play the game, anyway, but since we couldn't see the bottom row of cubes, we were at a disadvantage from the start. The object of Blocks for Mac is to make cubes disappear by matching at least three cubes of the same color in a row, either vertically or horizontally. Tetris players may be expecting to see an assortment of shapes falling from the top of the screen, but Blocks for Mac supplies only vertical columns that are three cubes long. Cubes within each column come in different colors; and while you can't rotate the columns, you can reorder the cubes within the columns. Even without a Help file, it didn't take us long to figure out Blocks for Mac. The game offers 10 levels of play, from Baby to Sanitarium. You can turn the sound and the piece preview feature on and off, but that's about it in the way of features. Overall, we found Blocks for Mac to be a lot of fun, though Mac users with smaller screens might be frustrated by the inability to resize the interface.

Blocks for Mac installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this game to all users.

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