Bombs, Mokis & Magic Portals!

Review of iBlast Moki 2 HD
Developer: Gozilab Games
Price (19/8/2011): $2.99
Author’s Rating: 8

Unless you have played the first iBlast Moki, many of you might shun away just by looking at the icon and assume that this is one of those cutesy styled games (I was a culprit too). However, after I completed the 1st world, I started to see what this game brings to the table. I have to confess that I have not finished the game yet, and am not planning to do so anytime soon. iBlast Moki, like Angry Birds and Cut the Rope is a game which I feel should be enjoyed at your own pace. However, for the sake of the review, I decided to rush through 2 of the 6 worlds which hopefully would be sufficient to give a fair enough judgement.

iBlast Moki is a physics based puzzle game that requires a fair bit of thinking and creativity. It offers a total of 90 puzzles, with a 3 star rating very similar to the one used in angry birds, where 3 stars is for a perfect performance, and 1 star is mediocre. As with most successful games, it comes packing with pretty visuals and a nice smooth learning curve.

Mokis are the cute little creatures which you have to save, they appear to have no real purpose in life other than to get themselves into trouble for you to save them just because they look disparagingly cute. In each level, you are to use a variety of items to blast the Mokis into the magic portal. Step by step, I started to learn how to manipulate the different items in the game such as various paint bombs, ropes, balloons and rotating wheels. Despite each of them having their own distinct uses, you’ll find that there is almost always more than one solution to each level.

The true challenge in iBlast Moki is to attain the maximum of 3 stars in each level.  There would be many tough levels that you will come across and would without a doubt leave many frustrated for hours. Fortunately, you are able to use “Moki Coins” to buy a solution to any annoying dilemma you are having. Moki coins can be earned by either completing a world, or purchased from the in-app store. However, choosing to persevere and grind out the perfect solution will almost gurantee an almost indescribable satisfaction.

And even while the game itself is already impressive, the biggest stand-out feature of iBlast Moki is its impressive “level editor” where you can build your own level which can be uploaded online for other players to give it a go. It is fairly simple to use, and with a bit of patience, you’ll be churning out levels like a pro. Conversely, you are also able to play custom levels created by other players. This feature creates an almost endless source of gameplay and offers great replay value to the game.

To conclude, iBlast Moki 2 HD is a great puzzle game that can be rather intellectually simulating. However, a huge part of its game play relies alot on trial and error which wastes quite a fair bit of time. So, if you have the time to spare and enjoy taking on challenging puzzles, this is surely worth a spin.

Review by Smoking Crows


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