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An augmented reality game that could turn building blocks into the next Pokemon Go

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Magic Blox was created from the ground up for augmented reality, allowing you to design and ... More

Editor's review

Published 4 Oct 2017

It wasn't so long ago that, if you mentioned the words 'augmented reality' when talking about the games industry, no one would have a clue what you were talking about. AR was thought of mostly as a learning device in the early days and an image comes into our minds of optical projections and headsets that put the user into a real-world environment even though they might be seated in a darkened room. Then the games industry took it on board and embraced it. Games like AR Air Hockey, Titans Of Space and AR-enhanced pool table games hit the market and blew people's minds. More recently, a company called Niantic came along and released Pokemon Go and the games industry was changed forever. Go was a phenomenal success.

Building block games have been huge since the beginning of time. We all played with them as kids and Lego took them to another level. When technology got hold of them and turned them into computer games they proved a bit of a revelation. Have a look in your App Store and you'll find a squillion of them. So, it makes sense that if you combine building blocks and augmented reality you're more than likely onto a winner. Add a puzzle element to those two concepts and you've got Magic Blox. 

This simple but addictive iOS game was created from the ground up for augmented reality play. It allows you to design and build pretty much any structure that you want and wherever you are. And, with multiple game modes, there is a lot of fun to be had for gamers of all ages. There are three modes of play. First up there's the Freeplay mode where you can simply design and build anything you want with the blocks provided and then share your creations with family and friends. Then there's the Puzzle mode where you can test your logic by solving an endless number of puzzles. However, blocks are limited with this mode so you'll have to be smart with your stacking. The third mode is potentially the most interesting, however. The Hide and Seek mode is trickier because, hidden amongst your towers of blocks, is one special block for you to find. You'll have to smash down your tower in order to find it before you run out of time. 

Magic Blox was developed by a San Francisco mobile Augmented Reality company called Superstar Games. The people behind it include gaming industry veteran Damon Grow and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and all-round legend, Joe Montana. They are backed by an impressive eight-person team of experienced designers, developers, artists, gaming executives and top tier investors including Patriots owner Robert Kraft amongst others. 

Magic Blox is simplicity in itself. There's nothing over complicated in the game but the concept of building blocks and augmented reality is an attractive and addictive one. The fact that you can build your very own city, castle, maze or tower against a familiar AR background is a bonus and the gameplay itself is fun and challenging. Building blocks have been one of the staples of life since the year dot and this version for iPhone and iPad is guaranteed to keep you amused. It's available now from the App Store for less than the price of a burger. 

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