99 Bricks: Wizard Academy is made by WeirdBeard Games and is actually a sequel to the popular flash game 99 Bricks. Although it plays very similar to Tetris its very addicting and somewhat frustrating, but very enjoyable.
You play a wizard learning to build towers as tall as possible. Only advancing through levels after earning your diploma in degrees such as “Gravitrickery” or “Architectation”. Since you’re a wizard, you can also unlock magical spells to help in your quest for tower building diplomas.
The core of 99 Bricks: Wizard Academy is just like Tetris. Oddly shaped blocks descend from the top of the screen. When you tap the screen the blocks rotate for better placement. This is where the Tetris similarities end and the tower building physics come in. If you lay a block with too much of it over an edge or unsupported, it will topple, kind of like the tabletop game Jenga in reverse. once you lose 3 tower blocks its game over. A good tip is to try to keep your tower blocks as neat and level as possible. Once your tower gets even a little out of whack its almost impossible to straighten it back out again. You’ll be stuck sloppily laying blocks on top of each other till they topple. I should also mention that when you reach certain heights all of your blocks freeze in place and can no longer move. This is a life saver if your tower is on the brink of collapse.
Your wizard can unlock magical spells and staff upgrades to help with your tower building. Such as a spell to undo your last block or a spell to cement your block in place. These magic spells use an upgrade-able pool of Mana you get at the beginning of each game. When you run out of Mana you can no longer cast spells. Many outfits are available for your wizard, so you can always look fresh.
Although at first I thought this game was a Tetris variant, it took all of 5 minutes before I was addicted. Trying over and over to reach new heights. Frantically pulling down blocks to hit a height checkpoint as my tower leans dangerously to the side.
This game is obviously well made and does not feel cheap at all. It has sort of a cute visual style, it is very pleasing to the eye. In my opinion it is worth the price.
Overall 99 Bricks: Wizard Academy will have you defying the laws of physics in a unique and addicting way. If you feel like trying it out you can head over to the App Store now and pick it up for $2.99.