Over at its IGF listing, designer Asher Vollmer describes Puzzlejuice as, “a game that will punch your brain in the face.” That doesn’t sound very nice, Asher. Luckily, Puzzlejuice looks a lot more pleasant than that.
Actually, it looks like it could be kind of amazing, a blend of Tetris and, oh, let’s say Spelltower, in which some very familiar arrangements of blocks fall into a well, and you first organise them into rows and then – once the rows turn to groups of letters – organise those into words. I hope you’ve got your organisation hat ready. (It’s the one made of graph paper.)
I am mostly astonished that nobody has done this before. Tetris and word games? It’s sounds so obvious. That special leap, though – the leap required to realise that something is obvious – is why Asher Vollmer is a game designer (by day he works at the PB Winterbottom developer, The Odd Gentlemen) and I’m sitting around wearing a hat made from graph paper. Quite stylish, though, as Frasier might say.
Puzzlejuice may be out around January 25th, and may be for iOS. Until then, the trailer is here.