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The sheer number of variables in Builder's Block elevates it above the run-of-the-mill, as does its inclusion of an arcade-style two-player Battle mode, which features insane Street Fighter-esque characters and animations. Elegant, ingenious, and dangerously addictive.
Fans of Bust-a-Move or Puzzle Bobble are going to love this as it basically refines and improves on this classic puzzle genre in many ways. Varied game modes will keep the single player occupied for quite some time, however the true addictive qualities of Builders Block will only be appreciated when you get a few friends around and battle it out against each other. Overall it's a nice game that would have benefited greatly from improved presentation.
When you first start playing Builder's Block, it might not seem like an enjoyable game. Once you get into the swing of things, the fast-paced gameplay becomes addicting. Not only does it take quick reflexes to succeed, the game also requires intuitive thinking when deciding which structures to build and destroy.
In an effort to hold your interest, the programers have also included several different modes. There’s an Arcade mode, which is far too easy and a Puzzle/Adventure mode, which is tricky. The game is at its best though, when you go head-to-head with a pal. However, it’s debatable whether this game will keep you interested for long. Land Maker feels like a cabinet you’d stick a few quid in at the arcades then ignore forever. Having said that, the initial kick is really something!
Land Maker is a bit of a catch-22. It's a nice, playable game at times and visually quite appealing, but a couple of design decisions and some dodgy background music immediately put you at odds with it, and even though you may persevere it never becomes as enjoyable as say Puzzle Bobble, from which it was clearly derived. If you're looking for something new, perhaps give it a try, but otherwise, take a look at the most recent Bust-a-Move title or head back down to your local arcade and see how it's done for real.