Fortunately, the Dongster has a couple of other games on the App Store, one of those being Shuriken Block. Let’s take a gander.
Looking at the Version History, Shuriken Block has actually been available since April 2013, so the obvious question is: why hasn’t it – to date – had the same impact as Flappy Bird?
Let’s consider the mechanics first of all. In Shuriken Block, you have five little guys along the bottom of the screen, and your job is to stop shuriken landing on their heads by tapping the screen at the right moment.
More specifically, you can see the shuriken flying up in the background, and you need to tap them as they fall down in the foreground.
The shuriken fall in waves, the end of each demanding incredible finger-based dexterity, and, er, that’s about all there is to Shuriken Block.
Are we potentially looking at the next Flappy Bird? Or is Shuriken Block more of a, uhm, crappy turd? Somewhere in the middle, I reckon.
Shuriken Block is by no means terrible, but it simply doesn’t have the same charm as Flappy Bird.
See, there’s something oddly appealing about Flappy Bird, something developers across the globe are trying desperately to put their fingers on.
Let someone watch you play a run or two, and inevitably they’ll want a shot. Shuriken Block, on the other hand, is more likely to invoke a shrug.
And maybe there’s something psychologically appealing about controlling the eponymous Flappy Bird, while Shuriken Block tasks you with defending five unnamed guys. You’re invisible. You’re no one. You’re… you. And that’s not very exciting.
Finally, it’s actually possible to cheat in Shuriken Block. The game supports multitouch, so you can position five fingers above the display, one for each little guy, and frantically tap till your hands fall off. No such loophole in Flappy Bird.
I’m sure you get the idea by now. Don’t expect to see Shuriken Block clogging your Facebook and twitter feeds any time soon.
- It’s free
- It’s easy to pick up
- Visually quite charming
- Doesn’t have the same appeal as Flappy Bird
- You can cheat
- Ultimately, it’s not that good
Summary: Shuriken Block tasks you with tapping shuriken before they fall on the heads of little oriental gentlemen. Meh.
Developer: Dony Nguyen
Price: free @ App Store
Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.