Critical Mass is an action puzzle game that takes traditional match 3 and brings it into the world of 3D.
User reviews: Very Positive (265 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 20, 2011
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“Critical Mass is the type of game everyone can pick up and enjoy in seconds, and yet come back to time and time again and still be challenged.”
8.0 – IGN

“Critical Mass will be the next big casual PC game. If you thought that Peggle or Bejewelled was addictive, wait until you play Critical Mass”
8.0 – ImpulseGamer

About This Game

Critical Mass is an action puzzle game that takes traditional match 3 and brings it into the world of 3D. We combine fast addictive game play with strategy to create a new and innovative experience.

Key features:

  • Fast Addictive Gameplay
  • 4 Unique Game Modes
  • Online Leaderboards & Ranking Systems
  • Achievements & Skillpoint Rewards
  • Accessible to Everyone
  • Exciting Colorful Art Style
  • Great Music & Sound Effects.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7
    • Processor: 1GHz
    • Memory: 512MB
    • Hard Disk Space: 50MB
    • Video Card: 64MB graphics card with latest drivers
    • Additional: Internet connection required for some features
Helpful customer reviews
6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
lets make a badass arcade puzzle game where you BLOW UP A RUBICS CUBE
Posted: October 10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Relaxing music combined with simple puzzles that require quick reflexes.
Posted: October 16
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Reaches critically boring mass quickly. I was waiting for the game to add anything interesting, but you soon realize that all you get is what you see in the first minute or two of gameplay. I'm not a fan of Tetris, but Tetris is more interesting than this. If you want a 3D block-vanishing game, Block Out did it better in 1989 for the Amiga.
Overall a game I wouldn't use a PC for anyway. Maybe ok for a mobile time waster game. On PC there are plenty of more interesting games.

Notable: Crashed after changing graphics settings on first run. / Lost online connection once and never regained it until I had to kill the game because it was stuck searching for some online functionality. Completely unneccesary for such a basic game.
Posted: September 29
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0.2 hrs on record
A fun puzzle game. Worth playing if you want something challenging.
Posted: October 4
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
A decent little puzzle game. Your goal is to eliminate the entire structure of cubes by matching those of the same color together, but you have to act fast, because the structure will keep growing in mass, to the point where it will explode (hence the title). It's a pretty cheap game ($1.99), and it should keep you occupied for a while. 7/10
Posted: May 3
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14 of 21 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Not recommended for a few reasons, mainly - the achievements. This is because I am a big achievement hunter so when games do things like THIS game does, it really annoys me. At least 5 of the achievements (maybe more, I forget) require you to get to Rank 1 on the leaderboards in each game type as well as the Overall leaderboards. This is impossible through legitimate play as the current Rank 1 players are clearly hackers, so there is no way for anyone to claim those achievments legitimately. If they had weekly or daily leaderboards it would make much more sense. That being the main reason, this game also fails at what it claims to be "action-puzzle." Sure it can be fast paced but it's almost impossible to do extremely well just because the game lends itself to being a slow paced strategic game. You can't see your next block color, it doesn't have any indication how close you are to losing etc. Which are all sort of staples of said action-puzzle games. Don't buy it 1/10
Posted: August 24
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Critical Mass is a action puzzle-solving 3D game taking place in space, where you use the mouse buttons to rotate and place blocks. You start off with a cluster of cubes and your objective is to connect 4 or more, successfully make your way a little closer to zero.. or not and gradually it will start zooming in towards your inevitable fate.
Sounds familiar? it's basically modern time tetris with a twist to it. My biggest problem with this game is the way the mechanics work, having everything in 3D can be very disorienting at times and given that you have the cursor pointing at an object isn't normally that hard but adding also that you're rotating the object at the same time makes it easy to misplace blocks which can be very annoying where you're playing the more time consuming levels.
Posted: August 31
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
As user [FOR]Mica aptly summarized, "Critical Mass can't decide if it wants to be frantic or strategic, and ends up being neither instead of both." If you go too long without making a combo, the block structure starts to rumble (go critical). You only have a few seconds then to make a combo, or only enough time to add a few blocks, but there's no timer or other useful indicator before the sudden explosion. There's also no indicator what the next block color will be, so you can't plan ahead much. If you were hoping to build up a bridge between two widely-spaced blocks for a big combo, well too bad, adding all those blocks in between could make the structure unstable. Even though planning for big combos is way more satisfying and yields a better score, it's like the game makes that awkward and instead pushes you for quick easy combos instead.

Worst of all IMO, the entire soundtrack is 8 measures that repeat over and over forever. It's a soothing trip-hop kind of beat, but ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ it wouldn't have killed the developer to include an actual song or three. Even Tetris had multiple tracks!

So while the basic match-4 premise of the game and the graphical polish are great (even has a colorblind mode), some of the design decisions need more time in the oven.
Posted: July 26
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
An interesting idea: you have a limited amount of time to remove all the blocks by matching four or more of the same coloured blocks. The three dimensional nature of the game does mean it can be quite frustrating though as there were numerous situations where a block was misplaced and the blocks you're given to place with are random which adds an obnoxious layer of RNG ♥♥♥♥ery. You would probably be better off playing English Country Tune or Puzzle Dimension before even considering Critical Mass.
Posted: June 14
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
A game named for your mom.
Posted: August 3
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1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Mouse controls just a bit too fidgety for me.
Posted: May 12
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1.0 hrs on record
This is an addictive and challenging puzzle game. But beware: it can be very rage inducing. Avoid playing this game when you're angry
Posted: June 30
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0.1 hrs on record
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10/10

Very fun game, Love the colors and puzzles. Catchy music.
Posted: August 12
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3.9 hrs on record
Great game tons of fun and addicting as heck.
Posted: August 23
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1.8 hrs on record
:)
Posted: April 28
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0.9 hrs on record
Critical Mass is your typical match 3 action puzzle game + 3D game play. The result is an exciting, fast-paced puzzle game that requires fast decision making and sleight of hand to quickly build combos by matching same colour cubes and scoring points as a result. Though it can get boring at times, dedicated fans of the puzzle solving genre will find much to do here, with multiple game modes and a leader board to track other people's scores across all game modes. For 2 dollars, It's a game that can keep you busy for some time after getting bored of other games and wanting something else and different for a change.
Posted: September 20
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5.5 hrs on record
Exploding Tetris. Spatial Aptitude. In for One Quick Round, and Out !!
Posted: June 19
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0.9 hrs on record
It's a good time waster but sometimes I feel like I'm about to have a seizure when I'm losing.
Posted: June 20
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3.8 hrs on record
Really fun to play and easy to get a hang of. Buy it if you have a couple bucks lying around and want a good simple game to play.
Posted: April 28
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1.3 hrs on record
This is a great puzzle game, joining coloured cubes together to make combo's. Personally I think its a brilliant game to unwind with. Kind of another take on Tetris.

There are also several game modes and you'll be suprised how as you rank up the levels intense it can get to match those combos to stop it all from exploding.
Posted: May 1
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