Bloxorz is one of those Flash games that feels like it will be around forever. Dating back to 2007, it has a simple but addictive combination of brain teasing puzzles, no time limit and unlimited attempts to solve each level. Several years on, many people are still playing the game and many others are looking for similar games once (or should we say – if!) they finish Bloxorz.
The player takes control of a block with the keyboard arrow keys, moving it around a small level floating in space. To complete the level, the block must be dropped through the small hole in the level. That’s it. As you can imagine, the first couple of levels are fairly simple, serving mostly to introduce the basic concepts of the game – switches, bridges and, later, splitting the block into two separately controllable pieces. The difficulty soon ramps up though, causing some people to doubt if the later levels are even complete-able. We’re happy to say that they are, though we lost more hours than we care to admit verifying that!
Here’s our carefully researched list of games like Bloxorz, all of which share the exact same game mechanic.
Briker plays like a slightly simplified, slightly prettier version of Bloxorz. The more detailed “frozen” graphics come at a cost though – we found some of the levels quite hard to see against the background. With just 26 levels – the lowest of any game here – and some fairly intense, repetitive music (which can of course be turned off), it’s worth trying but perhaps not until you’ve checked out the alternatives.
Briker 2 is an improvement over its precedessor, combining its slick ice graphics with a much higher contrast black background. The whole game feels a bit more developed, as you might expect. The way the screen instantly faded out if you fell out of the level in Briker felt a bit dissatisfying, this sequel has a much neater animation in its place. The music is more relaxing, in keeping with the style of the game, and there’s a hefty 50 levels to work through. Recommended.
Dublox is probably our favourite Bloxorz clone. Its visual style is more like the game it was inspired by, and is executed well with some nice animation and colours. The levels start easy and quickly ramp up in difficulty, and there’s a medal system to reward more dedicated players. The fewer moves needed to complete each level, the better the medal – bronze, silver or gold. There’s some nice instrumental music, and 49 levels to play through. Combined with the medal system, there’s enough here to keep even the most dedicated Bloxorz fans occupied for a while!