The First Keep It or Delete It Review
This is the first in a new blog post series. The keep it or delete review posts! These are games that have been on my phone for longer than I can remember.
I am going to review the games and then decide if I want to keep on playing the games or delete them.
About this review
I have played Toy Blast for years. But I only recently started to play the game more often. I am on level 239. I play the game on my LG V20 Android Smartphone. I also play the game on the Facebook website.
How Do You Play Toy Blast?
Toy Blast is a game about tapping blocks to remove them. You need to tap two blocks of the same color. This is very similar to how most match three games work.
The Game Has Powerups You Can Create
You can create powerups if you tap so many blocks connected at once. There are the usual things you see in similar puzzle games.
The only thing that is slightly different is that you make the powerups and then tap them individually. You don’t include the powerup in a match to use it.
This ruleset is slightly different than most match three games. But other games have similar rules like Gardenscapes.
The Powerups in the Game
You can create rockets, TNT blocks, and color cubes. You can also combine these powerups for the expected results. For example, using a rocket, and a TNT powerup shoots out rockets in all directions.
The powerups are fun to use, and they feel very rewarding. To beat most puzzles, you will need a combination of powerups. Puzzles feel fun without being too easy.
I Love How Fast Toy Blast Is
The main thing I love about Toy Blast is how fast and fluid it is. I am not as huge a fan slow match three games.
I like being in control all of the time. You can tap blocks and make matches nonstop. This makes Toy Blast feel very action-packed.
I am starting to prefer faster puzzle games like this. I can be fast if I want to, but I can still be slow and take my time as well. The game is still turn based after all.
There Are Many Types of Puzzles to Beat
The puzzles have a huge variety of challenges to complete as well. There are many puzzle elements I have not seen yet as well as I have not beaten too many levels in the game.
The variety of level types and challenges keeps the game fresh, and it does not feel as stale.
I Don’t like Games That Become Repetitive
You play hundreds of levels in Candy Crush Saga, and nothing new is introduced. This becomes quite boring after playing so many levels with the same goals and things in them.
The Game Has Fun Events
The game frequently has events that you can participate in to earn powerups, boosters, and in game currency. I love these events as it shows the developers care about players who don’t want to spend money.
These events won’t get you too much currency and freebies but you get enough to get by. I have a stock pile of powerups and boosters now as I tend to only use them on very hard levels.
You Can Compete on Leaderboards
There are some leaderboard style events if you love that sort of thing. I don’t have the time to devote all day to one game to try to get a high score on a leaderboard though. I try my best I guess.
It Should Be No Surprise This Game Has a Theme with Toys
Toy Blast looks very cartoony, and the main theme of the game is based on toys. I like how the game looks.
The game world looks neat and has very detailed artwork. The mobile version does anyway. The website version has a simplified version of the world map, and this looks like an older version of the game
The animations are smooth and look great. I am not a huge fan of the childlike theme, but I enjoy the game so much I can live with it.
The Game Sounds Good and Has Decent Music
Toy Blast sounds great. I like the relaxing music in the game. I can’t say the same for some other Android games.
Spending Factor Review
Like with almost every Android game nowadays you can buy currency in Toy Blast. You can buy coins. These coins are used to buy powerups and boosters.
You can also use coins to continue on levels when you run out of moves.
This pay model is about fair as you can get compared to most Android games. I have never felt compelled to buy anything as I get enough freebies to beat any very hard levels.
Annoyance Factor Review
Toy Blast Is Better Than a Lot Other Games
Toy Blast is one of the least annoying Android games ever. I know that sounds a bit cynical, but anybody who plays Android games knows you sometimes have to put up with a lot of bullshit to have some fun.
Android games feel more glass half empty than half full most of the time.
The Game Does Not Have Any Ads
Toy Blast has no ads. I love this as ads are sometimes the most annoying thing about games. The game also does not nag you to buy things all the time either.
There are minimal popups. Mostly about events you would want to learn about.
You Can Still Run out Lives Though
The only annoying thing is the life system. For some reason, most Android developers have decided games like these need to limit your playtime with extra lives.
The lifetime is quite long at 30 minutes as well. The only reason this is not hugely impacting my review score is that this is the only nuisance in the entire game.
This Can Be Quite Annoying Sometimes
It is frustrating to be stuck on a very hard level and run out of all of your lives in about 10 minutes. The game does sometimes give you extra lives though, and it saves them for when you need them.
There are no time gates, level gates, or anything like that in Toy Blast. Making you wait three days or asking friends to play new levels is quite out of style these days and I happy for that change.
My Overall Thoughts on Toy Blast
Toy Blast is one of my favorite Android games. It feels fun to play, and it does not get in your way. I plan on playing the game more often after I review the rest of the games in my keep it or delete it series.
Will I Keep on Playing Toy Blast?
Toy Blast is one of the few Android games I play daily. Yes, I will keep on playing this game and maybe someday beat every level as well.
Do I Recommend Toy Blast?
I recommend playing Toy Blast. If you don’t mind the game’s theme, there is a lot of value to be found here for being a free game.