Puzzle games come in all shapes, and sizes, and Puzzle Blitz is a new game that relies on various shapes, and sizes to challenge you. Puzzle Blitz is a follow-up to PuzzleBits, and both games provide the tangram style of trying to fit different smaller pieces to create an overall picture. The emphasis of Puzzle Blitz is the blitz part to give you just three minutes to complete as many puzzles as possible. You earn a bit of time at the successful completion of a puzzle, and your goal is to get through as many puzzles as possible before time expires. There are over 450 puzzles included, and every game you play comes out differently thanks to the ordering of the puzzles.
The one consistency of Puzzle Blitz is that there’s always a challenge on hand. Rather than methodically figuring out where every piece go, you need to frantically identify potential positions for any piece, and build from there. You can aim for a more calculated approach, or a frantic trial, and error, and you can constantly blend strategies. One of the best parts of Puzzle Blitz is that you seem to progressively become better as you play. Your mind starts to identify where potential pieces can go more often to allow you to complete puzzles quicker to earn more time.
The main drawback of Puzzle Blitz is that you only have the three minute challenge to play. There’s variety in that single game mode, but there’s obvious limitations as well. Luckily, the game feels fresh each time you fire it up with simply so many potential puzzles to come across. Also, once you start a game you don’t have time to think about anything other than solving the given puzzle as quickly as possible. Everything in Puzzle Blitz is also delivered with a great deal of polish whether it’s the streamlined design, or smooth touch controls.
Puzzle Blitz ($1.99, Universal) offers fast paced fun that anyone can enjoy making it well worth picking up.