AstroPop Review

If you want to invest $20 in a block-matching game, AstroPop is a strong choice

AstroPop is a conventional puzzle game, in the sense that it relies on the familiar mechanic of block-matching--in this case, you're attempting to make like-colored groups of four blocks or more, causing them to disappear and award you points. You've probably played games like this many times before...but you should make room for another one on your desktop, because AstroPop's gameplay and quality level are both exceptional. Your ship, which jumps from column to column at the touch of a mouse, can vacuum up anywhere from one to six blocks of the same color, attaching the stack to its prow. You can then discharge the blocks towards the top of the screen, setting off cascading combos if you hit the right spots. This game's many interesting specialty blocks--some power-ups, some hindrances, and others pernicious traps--add a lot of spice to the experience. So do AstroPop's cheerfully psychedelic visuals and pounding trance music soundtrack. AstroPop is one of the best block-matching games around, and the full version is worth a $20 investment.

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    The Good
    Magnet mechanic is great
    Lots of power-ups and trick blocks
    Good visuals
    Good sound
    The Bad
    Could use more music tracks
    Competitive multiplayer would be fantastic
    7.8
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  • First Released October 2004
    unreleased
    • Mobile
    • PC
    • Xbox 360
    This PC puzzle game is coming to the Xbox 360 via the Xbox Live Arcade.
    7.4
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    Developed by:
    Glu Mobile, Oberon Media, PopCap
    Published by:
    Glu Mobile, PopCap, Oberon Media, Microsoft Game Studios
    Genre(s):
    Puzzle
    Content is generally suitable for all ages. May contain minimal cartoon, fantasy or mild violence and/or infrequent use of mild language.
    Everyone
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