CROBBLE

★★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FUN& GAMES - JOE GRIF­FIN

4 cert, Fuzzy Face Stu­dios, iPhone (also iPad, iPod Touch)

It’s strangely fit­ting that one of the first hand­held games to hit mass ap­peal, Tetris, still in­spires a gen­er­a­tion of mo­bile de­vel­op­ers. With­out that Rus­sian gem we may not have mixed bless­ing be­he­moths such as Candy Crush or clever lit­tle app games such as Crobble. The brain­child of Ir­ish de­vel­oper Shane McCaf­ferty, who also made the ex­cel­lent Word For­ward, Crobble mixes two of the most pop­u­lar app games of all time – it’s es­sen­tially Scrab­ble meets Tetris. Letters rain from the top of the screen, form­ing a pile on the vir­tual floor. You must tap on letters in the right or­der to cre­ate words and make them dis­ap­pear. When the screen fills, it’s game over. We’re used to get­ting apps for free, so much so that some­times we re­sent up­grad­ing, even if (as in this case) it’s €1.79. How­ever, the tiny cost of up­grad­ing to “Ar­cade”, “Zen” or “Blitz” mode is worth the price. This is an in­ven­tive, slick and hope­lessly ad­dic­tive app game.

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