Genre: Action, Puzzle, Strategy
System: Nintendo Switch (also on Apple and Google Apps)
Developers | Publishers: Q42 | Denda Games
Age Rating: US E | EU 3+
Price: US $7.99 | UK £6.99 | EU € 7,99
Release Date: March 23rd, 2023
Review code used, with many thanks to Denda Games.
Numolition is an explosive puzzle game developed by Q42 and published by Denda Games and was originally a mobile game, now ported over to Nintendo Switch.
Blow Up the Numbered Blocks
You’ll lead the game’s characters, Anique and her crew of demolition experts, throughout 50 levels of demolition mayhem. In theory, your job is simple: flatten as many block constructions as possible by setting up, adding up and blowing up the numbers 1 to 9 and creating combinations of two or more of the same numbered blocks.
You push blocks together to add up to a total of nine and or move the blocks to create combos, which can be demolished by tapping the same coloured group of numbers. As you complete each level, you earn stars which are used to unlock new game modes. It sounds easy, but it is more complex than you may think.
Hard To Master
The main menu for Numolition and what storyline there is, are presented in a comic book fashion. It is here you will find the three game modes in Numolition. The levels mode is basically a story mode, but the storyline is minimal.
In addition, you also have Towers mode, which has a couple of variants of modes of play that are different from the regular gameplay. In Towers, you are faced with endless blocks and bricks that will fill the screen. You have to combine blocks to equal ten to create a bomb that will demolish sections of the tower and the bricks. Of course, the more bombs built and exploded, the higher your score.
Finally, the last mode in Numolition is endless; as the name suggests, this mode constantly presents you with blocks to match together and then blow up.
Numolition has a little tutorial; playing the first few levels introduces you to what is required to clear a level. While it is a slow ramp-up for those first few levels, Numolition keeps adding new mechanics until the puzzles are pretty challenging.
For example, the fourth level adds sliding numbers left and right. Further levels introduce adding together adjacent numbers. The mechanics keep building and building at just the right pace, and from such simple beginnings, the game ends up with a surprising amount of depth.
Music and Controls
Musically is where Numolition fails; it plays one music track on a constantly repeated loop. Thankfully there is a volume control on the Switch, so I turned the game down and listened to my own music. On the other hand, the sound effects are significantly better, with the sound of the bombs going boom when the blocks explode.
Both the joy-cons and touchscreen can control the game. However, the touchscreen responded quicker than pressing the buttons; there seemed to be a delay between the button being pressed and the game responding.
Numolition is a fun puzzle game that would be educational for young players since it is all about using your brain to add up numbers. Overall, there are over 120 bonus challenges to keep you engaged and a fun challenge for all ages in the family.
Final Verdict: I Like it