Review Block Story
Minecraft clone with RPG themes
Author: Tariq Abdulla
Date: 23 Jul 2014, tested on HTC One S
Infinite and unique world, novel fantasy content, quality sound
Hard to play on a small screen, ads difficult to close, lack of storyline, monotonous game play
Block Story for Android is a pretty blatant clone of Minecraft. It is sad that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But with games, it is a lot more flattering if they add new concepts, and build on original ideas to create something even cooler. The premise of Block Story for Android is that it adds some RPG elements to the voxel based sandboxing. So, your character has abilities that improve with practice, like digging, running and breathing underwater.
If you keep playing Block Story long enough, you’ll also be able to craft some magical items that you can then use for summoning creatures, including a T-Rex and a dragon, to help you in combat. I find the idea of combining RPG with this minecraft-like sandboxing quite interesting. Constructing better weapons and so on. But it feels like it is poorly executed, or at least very difficult to get into, because there isn’t really any kind of storyline. Block Story feels like it is a minecraft clone with some classical RPG themes layered on top; not really a true combination of the two types of game.
Block Story doesn't improve on the fairly awkward controls of Minecraft, doesn't improve the physics (which are pretty obviously flawed).
If you’ve never played this kind of game before, Block Story for Android might be a good way to check out what this sort of game is like before committing. Infinite world gaming is a cool concept, and if you haven't seen anything like it, it is worth trying out. That said, the adverts in the free version of Block Story are pretty annoying, very hard to tap the "x" to close them. This may be a result of playing on a smaller screen however.
Block Story isn’t very easy to play on smaller screens. Generally this kind of game is really better on bigger devices, as it requires a lot of arranging icons to craft particular items of increasing complexity. Block Story doesn’t seem quite as polished as Minecraft, so if you’re only going to commit to one of them, I would suggest the original.