Original puzzle ribbon design
Author: Tariq Abdulla
Date: 02 Apr 2017, tested on HTC One S
Decent graphics, lots of levels, interesting game play, simple controls
Problems running, features ads
Brickhouse for Android is a dynamic puzzle game in which you need to guide a ball to a home icon. The board is made of tiles, some of which do different things like change the direction of the ball, transport the ball to a linked tile, deflect the ball, or let you choose a direction. There are also 3 stars you can pick up for a greater sense of self-satisfaction.
The trick here is that some of these tiles can be changed, and a certain combination, or changing the tiles at the right moment, will allow you to get the ball to the home tile. Some of the direction changing tiles (the ones with little pink arrows) can be flipped so they point left instead of right, or down instead of up. Sometimes you’ll have a pair of adjacent tiles that can be switched, which is indicated by a double-headed black arrow.
It’s a well designed game, and very original.
The clicky sounds do a good job of making you believe the ball is really bouncing around this clacky maze. It looks a bit old school with the mostly shades of blue colorscheme, but it doesn’t really matter as the game is all out about figuring out how to solve each level. You can get the ball stuck in a little loop, and then you have to think how to get out of it, and how to get the ball to go where you want. So you might need to change things while the ball is actually moving, which makes it kind of an action puzzle.
It’s nice to see games like this where a few simple rules combine to make some really tricky logic.
A unique conveyor belt inspired puzzle game
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 15 May 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Lets you play the game at your own pace, rewards you for taking the time to solve the puzzle rather than rush through, features unique conveyor belt inspired mechanics
The game definitely takes a bit to get used to in the beginning, the tutorial slides need to be cleaned up a bit to better explain the tiles and concept
Are you a fan of conveyor belts? Of course you are! Who isn’t? As dedicated conveyor belt enthusiast you should definitely take a look at Brickhouse for Android. It’s a puzzle game that challenges you to build an automated path through the resources you have so you can collect all the stars in the level and eventually end up home.
Here we have a puzzle game that allows you to actually play the game on your time. What do I mean by that? I mean that you’re not out trying to beat some silly highscore or complete the level in a certain amount of time. Instead, it wants you to actually spend more time with the game trying to figure out the optimum path to collecting all the stars.
The way each stage is built is pretty neat. You have a ball that starts off randomly placed in the middle of a grid of arrows. You can flick the ball in any direction you want, but you want to make sure that you have configured the arrows to take you on a path that will lead you home.
It sounds really simple but different tiles do different things and it really requires you to think about the level design. Some arrows can only move the ball in one direction while others will allow you to trade places or switch direction.
I’m a huge puzzle game fan, but I really enjoy games that introduce interesting concepts. The automated conveyor belt mechanics this game has are really fun to learn and it’s great seeing everything in action once you plan out the path your ball is going to take. Definitely pick this game up if you’re a puzzle game fan!