"Welcome to BALANZZE," croons the soothing robotic voice at the start of this physics-based puzzle game from Synthek Design. (Also available for Android and iOS, though not free!) She's going to be your guide through this little experiment and trust us, you're going to need her. BALANZZE is about "moving green onto blue" through a series of strategic clicks. The screen is populated by circles and squares, each with various behaviors indicated by their color. You have to get the green shapes onto the blue shapes by deleting, launching, or dropping the various blocks hither and thither. The red ones disappear when you click them, the yellow ones fly in one direction, the grey ones obscure you, seriously, these blocks do everything except pay your taxes. Some levels also feature wind, adding another layer of complication to the whole affair. Add to that an infectiously groovy backing track and you've got a winning time waster.
BALANZZE is a well-oiled machine of gameplay. For the most part. The game is a bit fond of fake-outs at times, leaving big chunks of blocks unused on certain levels just to confuse you. Once in a while you'll find yourself clicking idly around the level making blocks fall on each other and then suddenly realize you've won. It's not a deal breaker but it does suggest a little more playtesting could have been ideal. And this is a petty gripe but the [R] key does NOT reset the level. You've got to move the mouse allllll the way over to the reset icon in the top right corner of the screen whenever you want a do-over. Seriously, time is precious BALANZZE! But none of this should distract from the fact that BALANZZE is just what it claims to be: simple, modern and addictive. Three "episodes" with fifty levels apiece guarantee that BALANZZE will keep you clicking for quite some time.
BALANZZE (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad)