Introduction

The first thing that comes into your mind looking at this beautiful Bluk is Monument valley. But this is not at all some mere copy of it, Bluk is stunning and definitely adds a lot to this game genre. This is a pure skill based where the game physics is everything.

Motto of this game is simple, jump from block to block and unlock new worlds. But this is not so easy to play, with the difficulties that each new world presents.

  • Design 90%
  • Difficulty 90%
  • Gameplay 70%
  • Storyline 50%
  • Game Levels 90%
  • Value for money 80%
  • Overall 75%

BLUK

by Deepak Madathil

BLUK

As a block with unique abilities, you set off on a magical journey to uncover the origins of a mysterious darkness that is disrupting the harmony of the realms.

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** Editors Choice in more than 80 countries **
** AppStore Best of September 2016 **
** Best of 2016 **

‘Big Indie Pitch’ Nominee at Pocket Gamer Connects 2016

‘Upcoming Game of the Year’ Finalist at NGF Awards 2015

"Bluk is a great visual and audio package that will delight everyone." - 9/10 - AppAdvice

"Stylishly tricky platformer" - 8/10 - Gamezebo

"Bluk is a game designed with care and love" - Pocker Gamer

"It requires precision, memory, strategy, and, most importantly, observation" - App Army

"Angry Birds style gameplay with precision landing ... Terrifying!" - The SML Podcast

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Tips: Start playing from unlocked worlds by swiping left on World Select screen. To complete the game, leap through all worlds in a single go

SKILL BASED PHYSICS PLATFORMER
Pure skill based gameplay as you learn to navigate through multiple physics-driven worlds

CHOOSE YOUR OWN DESTINY
You can either follow the abstract storyline & complete the game or carry on with the endless challenges.

DISCOVER ABILITIES
Collect Magical runes to learn new abilities to help you in your journey

ONE TOUCH GAMEPLAY
Touch and drag on the ​screen to form a trajectory. Release touch to jump

SERENE SOUNDSCAPE & AESTHETICS
Minimal & beautiful aesthetics with ambient soundscape

LEADERBOARDS, ACHIEVEMENTS & HALL OF FAME
Global leaderboards, Hall of Fame & over 45 game center achievements

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How to Play

     There is only one thing to do in Bluk. Drag the block like a sling, look at the trajectory and release to jump onto the next pillar. With each successful jump you earn a point and there is a bonus point if you manage to land into the square on the pillar’s surface. And this bonus points stack up if you do not break this bonus chain. This bonus really helps if you are aiming at higher scores.

     You can actually skip pillars in between once you get hold of the game. This gives you extra 10 points for your “leap of faith”. This allows you to reach higher scores very quickly. But remember, slow and steady wins the race. Do not always go for this leaps unless you are really confident.

     The friction of the pillars varies as you progress through the game. This is what keeps Bluk fresh and not boring. So plan your trajectory looking at the pillar color. Black pillars are the best, their friction is so great, the block just sticks to it after landing. White ones are icy, block slides on their top and its really tough here to land into the bonus squares.

More about Bluk

     There are magical runes put at different stages of the game that gives magical powers to your block like an extra life and power to look ahead.

     Bluk is very well designed in terms of both graphics and the soundscape. There is a depth in the visuals, the foreground pillars appear so sharp in contrast to the very blurry ones in the background.

     The ambient soundscape of Bluk is definitely a great addition to the beautiful aesthetics. Every time you make a successful jump onto a pillar, there is this pleasant bell sound to boost up your confidence to keep playing.

     There is also a storyline in Bluk, which actually is not so obvious, which you can follow or carry on with the endless challenging mode. The storyline is the only place where this game doesn’t shine. Game description says that there is some darkness growing among the pillars and your block must find out why and try to restore the harmony among worlds. I found it difficult to relate the gameplay to the storyline. If explained better, this could definitely help when just jumping gets boring.

Bluk - Tips

     Start playing from unlocked worlds by swiping left on World Select screen. To complete the game, leap through all worlds in a single go

     Jump higher on your pillar and check where the later pillars are when the game scenery zooms out. This helps when going for “leaps of faith”.

     Jump higher than you usually do when landing on white squares, this helps with the sliding.

What I like about Bluk

Single control

Beautiful graphics

Pleasing soundscape

What I donot like about Bluk

The storyline which is hidden and not obvious.

The magical power of the runes is not explained anywhere. The description note is definitely missing.

Sometimes when you land on the very edge of the pillar, the next pillar is not visible on the screen and there is no way to adjust the camera.

What other reviewers has to say

“Bluk is a great visual and audio package that will delight everyone.” AppAdvice

“Bluk is a game designed with care and love” Pocker Gamer

“It requires precision, memory, strategy, and, most importantly, observation” App Army

Conclusion

     Bluk is definitely worthy of holding the best of 2016 title. This is not like many games (like Duet) which leaves you frustrated after losing. The soundscape is soothing and drags you to play Bluk in your freetime.

     Its a must try for people who loves the games from this minimal genre. Bluk offers a lot for the money spent.

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BLUK - APP CRITIC REVIEW

Apps Mentioned

BLUK

by Deepak Madathil

BLUK

As a block with unique abilities, you set off on a magical journey to uncover the origins of a mysterious darkness that is disrupting the harmony of the realms.

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** Editors Choice in more than 80 countries **
** AppStore Best of September 2016 **
** Best of 2016 **

‘Big Indie Pitch’ Nominee at Pocket Gamer Connects 2016

‘Upcoming Game of the Year’ Finalist at NGF Awards 2015

"Bluk is a great visual and audio package that will delight everyone." - 9/10 - AppAdvice

"Stylishly tricky platformer" - 8/10 - Gamezebo

"Bluk is a game designed with care and love" - Pocker Gamer

"It requires precision, memory, strategy, and, most importantly, observation" - App Army

"Angry Birds style gameplay with precision landing ... Terrifying!" - The SML Podcast

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Tips: Start playing from unlocked worlds by swiping left on World Select screen. To complete the game, leap through all worlds in a single go

SKILL BASED PHYSICS PLATFORMER
Pure skill based gameplay as you learn to navigate through multiple physics-driven worlds

CHOOSE YOUR OWN DESTINY
You can either follow the abstract storyline & complete the game or carry on with the endless challenges.

DISCOVER ABILITIES
Collect Magical runes to learn new abilities to help you in your journey

ONE TOUCH GAMEPLAY
Touch and drag on the ​screen to form a trajectory. Release touch to jump

SERENE SOUNDSCAPE & AESTHETICS
Minimal & beautiful aesthetics with ambient soundscape

LEADERBOARDS, ACHIEVEMENTS & HALL OF FAME
Global leaderboards, Hall of Fame & over 45 game center achievements

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Like and Follow

facebook.com/blukOfficial
twitter.com/blukOfficial

Duet Game

by Kumobius

Duet Game

Enter a mesmerising trance of co-dependence in Duet. The rules are simple: control two vessels in sync, survive against all odds and keep calm.

Best, Most Elegant iPhone Games of the Year 2013 - The New Yorker
Grand Prize Winner, Best Action, Best Audio - Intel Level Up
Best Design, Best Audio - Australian Game Developer Awards
Best Design - IGF China
PAX 10 & PAX East Indie Showcase Selection
Mobile Game of the Year 2013 - Kotaku
4.5/5 - Touch Arcade
4.5/5 - 148 Apps
4.5/5 - App Smile

"...few other games are as fun when you succeed." -- The New Yorker

"It feels as designed as a raindrop, and just as perfect." -- Ben Kuchera, Polygon

"Duet does what the best video games do." -- Kotaku

"Highly Recommended." -- Penny Arcade Report

"Duet looks hard as nails. And I love it." -- Touch Arcade

"Duet is a must-have." -- 148 Apps

"Shiel's soundtrack ... is as innovative as the game it scores." -- Jake Cleland, The Vine

"Your eyes, ears, and thumbs were built to perform this Duet together." -- Indie Games

"...Duet's plaintive and melancholic aesthetic imbues it with a sense of the profound." -- CVG

"But while the aesthetic of Duet is familiar, the gameplay is all new." -- Pocket Gamer

"It is fantastic." -- Tim Rogers

"Duet on iOS. Instant love. Instant." -- Mark Serrels

Your survival is dependent on protecting two vessels - they are devices in sync, a dance and song between two entities tethered together in symbiosis. Feel edge of your seat terror where the world around you becomes quiet and numb as all that matters is the game living between your palms -- that is Duet.

% NINE CHAPTERS

Experience nine chapters of deceptive narrative and nerve-twisting gameplay. Unlock the bonus Survival chapter for endless score chasing delight. Replay any stage to perfect your movements and unlock over 25 Game Center achievements. This is a game that will test you.

% EIGHT NEW EPILOGUE CHAPTERS

Explore a whole new narrative with all-new game mechanics in our new “epilogue” to Duet. Including over 40 new stages, new narrative and new remix tracks. You will need a new state of mind to complete this experience.

% PERFECT GAMEPLAY

With air tight controls and gameplay that’s tuned to perfection Duet provides the perfect balance between challenge and pure gaming satisfaction. Touch either side of the screen to twist your vessels and avoid everything in your path. Remember: even that which begins simple can end complex.

% HYPNOTIC AUDIO

An outstanding handcrafted soundtrack by Melbourne composer and Gotye multi-instrumentalist Tim Shiel. Nine unique and mesmerizingly beautiful compositions ensure an immersive experience for you at every step of your journey, complemented by full in-game vocal narration by Jojo Petrina.

% FULLY FEATURED

- Full iCloud support - sync your progress across all your devices.
- Universal App - play on your new iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and iPad mini.
- Compete with Game Center on the leaderboards.

% ABOUT KUMOBIUS

Selected for the Indie Showcase at PAX Aus and a finalist in both Game Design and Audio for the Freeplay Festival. This is another award-winning title from the team behind Time Surfer & Bean’s Quest. We call Duet a “Hex-like” in honour of Terry Cavanagh’s contribution to the medium of games and exploration of genres.

% ABOUT TIM SHIEL

Tim Shiel is a composer/producer based in Melbourne. Tim is known to some as Faux Pas, the moniker under which he released a steady stream of constantly shifting electronic music for many years. He is also known for his work as a broadcaster at Melbourne independent radio station 3RRR FM, and for his recent role as multi-instrumentalist in Gotye's live band.

% SUPPORT

Say hello@kumobius.com we’d love to hear from you! And follow us on Twitter: @kumobius

Monument Valley

by ustwo Games Ltd

Monument Valley

** Apple Game of the Year 2014 **
** Winner of Apple Design Award 2014 **

In Monument Valley you will manipulate impossible architecture and guide a silent princess through a stunningly beautiful world.

Monument Valley is a surreal exploration through fantastical architecture and impossible geometry. Guide the silent princess Ida through mysterious monuments, uncovering hidden paths, unfolding optical illusions and outsmarting the enigmatic Crow People.

"Forgotten Shores": Eight new chapters of adventure and illusion available now as a separate purchase.

Buy or download Monument Valley now and you’ll also get our fully animated iMessage sticker pack, including 5 stickers exclusive to players! Only available on iOS10 and above.

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"This might be the most beautiful iPad game of 2014" - Wired

"Brilliant design... stayed with me like a dream I didn't want to forget" 9/10 - Polygon

"The most sublime hour my iPad has ever given me... and the value of such a thing is incalculable" - Kotaku

"Monument Valley stuns with it's serenity... each screen is a work of art" - Huffington Post

"Almost impossibly gorgeous... a feast for your senses" 5/5 - Touch Arcade

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BEAUTIFUL

Inspired by minimalist 3D design, optical illusions and palaces and temples from around the world, every monument is a unique, hand-crafted world to explore.

EASY TO USE

Twist and drag to reshape the world and help Ida to explore. Designed to be easy for everyone to pick up, enjoy and complete.

SOUND

Audio reacts to your manipulation of the world to provide a surreal and beautiful soundscape. Best experienced with headphones.

iCloud

Synchronize your game across all your devices.

** Monument Valley is designed for iPhone 4 and above. It is NOT compatible with iPod Touch 4th Generation.