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Tower Bloxx Deluxe (Xbox 360) artwork

Tower Bloxx Deluxe (Xbox 360) review


"Daniel Richtmyre - Tower Bloxx Deluxe is an incredibly addictive game. The premise being that you must stack stories of a building together in order to make an incredibly tall tower. This is done by dropping “Bloxx” from a swinging crane, which initially starts on a flat building site, and progressively grows when you start stacking bloxx on top of each another."



Daniel Richtmyre - Tower Bloxx Deluxe is an incredibly addictive game. The premise being that you must stack stories of a building together in order to make an incredibly tall tower. This is done by dropping “Bloxx” from a swinging crane, which initially starts on a flat building site, and progressively grows when you start stacking bloxx on top of each another. As your tower becomes taller and taller, it becomes increasingly difficult to stack the pieces from the crane onto the set pieces on your tower.

Unfortunately though; after a short five minutes pass, the sense of addiction wears off and is turned into a realization that the game has no more depth to it, aside from the simple stacking of bloxx, and the sudden recognition that you paid ten dollars for essentially a 99-cent iPhone game starts to sink in. The game is played with a single button (which is used to drop the block). While that’s fine and dandy on a mobile format, it’s kind of an odd experience, even for an Xbox Live Arcade game.

There are three game modes in Tower Bloxx Deluxe. In Quick Play, the goal is to build the tallest tower possible, however you are guaranteed to become bored after you stack about fifty pieces and any only reason to want to keep going after that would be pure mediocrity. Time Attack is exact same thing, except with a time limit. Lastly, Build City mode is the only mode with any depth to it. You build various towers all consisting of different heights, construct multipliers, and try to make your city procure the highest population possible. Build City mode has an element of strategy to it, since certain tower types can only be built in certain spots, but at the same time, it isn’t particularly invigorating.

There are also three different multiplayer game modes available for play. However none of them are online, and trying to convince a friend to sit down and vigorously tap the A button on the Xbox 360 controller for minutes on end is a near impossible task. The lack of apparent multiplayer is also odd, considering there are online leaderboards (for some unknown reason), so you can compare your stacking skills with your friends across the country (If you enjoy comparing high stacking scores…).

For the mobile platform, Tower Bloxx Deluxe is a perfectly adequate game. You can pull it out of your pocket at any time, waste a few minutes playing, and put it away when you get bored. That, and on a mobile format, the price for purchasing the game is comparative to buying a soda. On the Xbox 360 however, you’re paying for ten times as much for a game with arguably less appeal. While graphically Tower Bloxx Deluxe looks fine, and its simple, casual concept is fun enough; it just doesn’t hold enough lasting appeal for the living room.

Pros:
-It is a fun game for the first five minutes.

Cons:
-10 dollars for a 1-dollar iPhone game.
-Very little depth.
-Lacks online multiplayer.

Rating: 4/10

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Community review by teradio (May 20, 2011)

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