There are some games that just grab you by the throat the minute you start them up, and 4 hours later you realize it’s time to hit the sack because the sun is almost coming up. Of course video games appeal to different tastes as with everything, but sometimes we come across a title which really hits the spot for us, and this is one.
The Blockheads is nothing revolutionary, and in fact you could say it’s hugely derivative. Take a huge splash of the massively popular Minecraft game, and throw in some delicious parts of The SIMS and you’ve got the basic idea behind this game. It’s an open ended ‘sandbox’ game, which means you get to design your own world the exact way you want it, but the twist is you have a cute little avatar person to do all the work for you.
We’ve played around with Minecraft in the past, and while it’s undoubtedly fun, we kind of got bored with the building after a while, even with the monster threat, but with The Blockheads your little person keeps the interest level high. Work him (or her) too hard and they’ll get tired and unhappy, so give them a moment to sleep or meditate (!) and everything will be peachy again. You have to constantly watch out for the little critter (or critters, since you can have more than one Blockhead in your world).
You also get all the fun of the building genre, because you need to harvest particular materials to craft useful things, plus you can upgrade and level up your tools to make even better ones. It’s totally engaging and loads of fun. Apparently you can advance to modern day technology like electricity, trains and more, which is awesome.
There are a fair number of Minecraft clones out there, and we’ve reported on one or two, but this one stands out for us in terms of that added special something which makes for absorbing gameplay. The developer, David Frampton, makes a special call out to Notch, the Minecraft creator, for pioneering the way, and he’s definitely a good pupil.
The game also features a multiplayer mode which sounds like a lot of fun, although it’s only remote and not available in local mode at the moment. You can also upgrade to high resolution graphics for $1.80, which seems like a bargain. Be warned though, that this is not a small game, and your initial download will be reasonably large (although nowhere near as huge as titles like Madden or FIFA).
If you’re into this kind of resource building, sim nurturing game, then you need to run not walk to install this. It’s available for free on both the Apple Store for iOS and Google Play for Android. Now excuse us, we’ve got to go grab ourselves a donkey.