Tell me, what's more satisfying than building an intricate structure of carefully-placed, precariously-balanced green blocks? Watching it crumble, that's what. Seeing each individual piece delightfully spin and bounce off each other with cold, hard physics goodness, heading towards sweet, off-screen oblivion. Then again, I guess some people just like building stuff. Well now you can do BOTH. Jacek Perzanowski's Igrek Productions has opened up his popular Blosics 2 to the masses and presents the Blosics 2 Level Pack, which lets you build new levels and challenge yourself to 30 new stages created by many different level designers.
For those unacquainted with the Blosics series, the object is to use projectile physics to knock down structures, earning enough points to move on to the next level. Your arsenal consists of various-sized balls, some with unlockable properties. Starting in a special shooting zone, you click and pull back your shots, rubber-band style, before letting them fly. Bigger and heavier balls cost more points to fire, so ball selection and careful aim is crucial. Green blocks earn you points, while red blocks take points away. Adding to the challenge are various surfaces (stone, rubber, and ice), exploding blocks, and floating balloon blocks. For added replayability, each level also has a special challenge, such as reaching the point goal with only one shot. Overcoming challenges give you credits towards new unlockable projectiles.
The highlight of the Blosics 2 Level Pack is its 30 new levels, and they are an interesting mix of fun, challenge, and silliness. Some levels require perfect accuracy, while others (such as the "Ready... Aim..." level) are exercises in pure awesome. Since this is a level pack made by different designers, there isn't really the same type of ramp up in difficulty like in Blosics 2, and some levels (especially the challenges) seem extremely hard by the middle of the game. A few stages practically require the use of the unlockable projectiles, especially to complete some of the tricky challenges. In addition to the new levels, fans will be happy to notice the game's easy-to-use, robust level editor, which allows you to import and export levels as lines of text. The editor even saves images of your level design for easy posting.
While not a true sequel, Blosics 2 Level Pack provides fans with a new batch of challenges they've been sorely waiting for. Aside from the editor and levels, there's not much new here, but with its solid physics system and nice graphical quality (I still love those blur effects), the Blosics 2 engine doesn't really need many changes. So raise a toast to physics as you either enjoy this latest round of block smashing fun or create your own falling structures, feeling that sense of true satisfaction you so richly deserve.