Stack blocks and keep them from tipping over in this addictive yet short iPhone game.
Topple is a puzzle game that's sort of like Tetris meets Jenga, despite the fact that it plays like neither of those games. Whereas Tetris challenges you to stack blocks to make solid lines, Topple lets you group them any way you wish. Whereas Jenga tasks you with removing pieces without collapsing the tower, Topple forces you to add blocks. So yeah, that means it's so far from Tetris and Jenga that the comparison seems a bit silly. Anyway, it's .99. Buy it.
The goal in Topple is to stack different shapes on top of each other to reach the goal without tipping over and before time runs out. Blocks come in different shapes and colors. There are the blue squares, the purple Ls, the yellow rectangles and a host of others, most of which have humorous faces that change when pressed.
To stack them, you simply drag the shapes with your finger while altering their position by encircling them with your free hand. Doing this is essential to victory, since the starting platform changes shape throughout the game's nine levels. In level one, it's flat, allowing you to easily group the blocks together, but you'll have your hands full once it gets round or spiky.
Keeping the blocks from falling over is another key to success, since the game only allows you to lose four. So not only must you pay attention to what goes on top of what, but you must also keep the iPhone steady or tilt it left and right to prevent a mishap.
Overall, it's a fun video game with catchy theme music and graphics that showcase imaginative fantasy worlds full of light bulbs, pitchforks and forests. It certainly has a lot more personality than Tetris. At the same time, it also has a measly nine levels. Granted, levels five through nine kick our butts, but we expected a bit more, even at .99. Thankfully, a free play mode lets us stack till we cannot stack no more.
Since it's less than a dollar and the harder levels will keep you busy for a while, Topple comes recommended. Its high production values and addictive play make it one of the iPhone's most polished apps, and we hope to see an update with additional content in the future.
What's Hot: Neat take on the classic block stacking formula, stylish graphics, catchy music, excellent use of touch screen and accelerometer controls.
What's Not: Only has nine levels.