Dream of Pixels – Reverse Tetris Puzzler that Delivers
29 years ago, Tetris was released, and it has grown to be one of the popular games. It is a timeless classic that has been ported to a lot of consoles and mobile devices. Many developers try to follow Tetris’ formula for success by tweaking a thing or two. Dawn of Play, an indie game developer based in Slovenia, has come up with a unique twist with their game, Dream of Pixels, as you find yourself playing Tetris – in reverse. With the help of Noodlecake Studios, they have now published their critically acclaimed game on Android.
Dream of Pixels begins with a quick tutorial to get your feet wet with the game’s ABCs. Though you may get confused at first, you’ll get the hang of the mechanics shortly. The controls are smooth and easy to apply. Simply tap on the grid to separate the blocks or hold and move your finger to rotate the tetronimos if you find a better match to split. It specifies the shape of the tetronimo you can break up from the clouds of blocks. If it’s not possible to unpack the pieces, the blocks will turn red.
As it turns out, it has that same addictive gameplay with dream-like visuals and soothing music that perfectly complements each other. After finishing the tutorial, you can jump into a couple of game modes: Classic and Puzzle. Your goal in Classic is to try to score as many points as you can without letting the blocks reach the bottom part of the screen. In Puzzle, the tetronimos do not go down further where you are tasked to solve the puzzles without rushing. Since there is no time limit, you can figure out at your pace how the blocks will be taken apart. The pieces you can unpack are located on the upper left corner which serves as your guide. It shows the next tetronimos, and you need to remove it one by one until the figure is all gone. Also, there are unlockable game modes (Pro, Nightmare and Shattered) via in-app purchase for $2.90 which removes the ads too.
Dream of Pixels is easily one of the best puzzle games you can find on Android. It lives up to its name as it presents a dreamy atmosphere with the help of blocks stirring up our mind of a starry evening or a stunning sunset, and the catchy soundtrack underlines the motif. You can play the Classic game mode continuously until you commit some errors. It is so addictive that you want to get a better score on your next go. The other game modes run on the Classic gameplay though most of them offer a harder difficulty. Puzzle is probably the most interesting on the bunch as you are presented with an image made out of blocks that you need to clear from the screen. I like how the game starts off with a basic premise then it becomes increasingly challenging that will give you fits.
If you are looking for a deep puzzle game, Dream of Pixels has more than enough content to fill your needs. Its visually appealing style is a thing of beauty. The ever-changing clouds and gusts of smoke add some charm. Together with its suitable soundtrack, this Android game is definitely well-polished, making it a complete package puzzler.
Of course, there are little complaints which you can just easily overlook. In the beginning, it may take some time learning the ropes. Stick it out, and you’ll find a delightful and addictive puzzle game in Dream of Pixels. Overall, this Android game is not revolutionary yet it’s still an amazing puzzler, a must-have for puzzle fans.