Critical Mass is an action puzzle game that takes traditional match 3 and brings it into the world of 3D.
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Mostly Positive (352 reviews) - 79% of the 352 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: 20 Jun, 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
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Mostly Positive (352 reviews)
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!=Muffin
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: 25 April
I really don't know bout the #1 achievement...
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Wedge
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: 1 April
This game reached critical mass, I uninstalled.
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BluePaw 🐾
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: 7 March
If you're an achievement hunter, avoid. The leaderboard achievements are ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t and may be nearly impossible to get legitly.

Otherwise, it's a good time waster, but wasn't that all fun for me than what I was to believe. I strongly suggest you play the demo first and see if it's fun for you, but I would avoid this game even if you're not going for achievements.
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Muffins
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: 27 February
I like puzzle games, but this one fell flat for me. (Sorry!)
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Z71Silverado06
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: 9 February
This Was An Addicting Game
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Not Otaku
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: 4 February
Fun time waster
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Happy Potato
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: 21 December, 2015
Says it works for Macintosh Devices, however it does not! Do not buy this if you're using Mac otherwise you will be sad you lost two dollars.
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Snowdusk
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: 2 December, 2015
Critical Mass asks a simple question: What happens when you turn a Match-3 game into a 3D model? And that is what you get: A mass of cubes that requires you to match 4 cubes of the same colour to clear the level, and the idea alone is rather fascinating...

...Except that the main mode is basically a time trial mode, where the mass of cubes expands all the time and explodes at "critical mass" level. Once it does that, the whole level restarts and you lose all your previous power-ups.

I find this implementation frustrating, as it never gives you the right breathing room to think about your cube placements. I understand that there is a Zen Mode where you are free to clear cubes at your own pace, but the fact that I can't play through the vanilla ranked mode properly leaves a bad taste to me. If only they have a time limit for each level instead of making the mass of cubes a timed bomb, I would have enjoyed this game much more.
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IWTCIRD
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: 1 December, 2015
Rubik's cube Death simulator.

This game. IS just amazing.

The gameplay is so random at times. For all you know you're going great, but then. Nope. Sometimes you want to connect blocks up so you can execute them together.
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Dani
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: 14 November, 2015
0.01$ wurf
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Dangerous Beans
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: 22 October, 2015
This is a fun 3D puzzler vaguely reminiscent of Tetrisphere and the puzzles from the Android game Hero Forge.

Check out the demo.
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BoomChuck
( 93.8 hrs on record )
Posted: 7 October, 2015
I love how this game really exercises your 3D spatial reasoning skills. It's a simple and unambitious design, but feels polished and complete.

One minor warning: the immersive and relaxing atmosphere belies how tense it can get; just be ready for most rounds to end with you scrambling to make one more match as the whole thing explodes in your face.
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KiraNkz
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: 28 September, 2015
recommend
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robotink
( 187.8 hrs on record )
Posted: 26 September, 2015
so great....simple but makes you think :)
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AaToSMeD
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: 7 September, 2015
It just got old really quick for me. I love puzzle games and matching games but for the life of me I just couldn't enjoy this game for longer than 10 minutes. Playing this prompted me to quickly open another puzzle game instead.
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Adam Diaz
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: 28 July, 2015
What else needs to be said about a puzzle game that is so free formed? Don't change a thing about this one. If you want to kill some time while using your brain, this game is for you.
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BlazeHunter99
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: 22 July, 2015
My Thoughts: This gameplay is really fun and hard at the same time. I had fun playing this game but I got bored of it really fast. It is all the same after you play it and there isn't that many modes to select. Not that much to do in this game but every time you play it you get a different gameplay experience. The Game is really cheap too making it a good price.

Rate: 7/10


Overall: I do recommend this game to everyone!
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AHoopyFrood
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: 9 July, 2015
This is a simple extension into the third dimension of a typical match-x game. You start with a vaguely cube shaped pile of blocks and then fire predetermined color blocks onto the mass attempting to connect at least four of a color, causing them to be removed. In it's base mode each fired block causes the mass to grow while matching blocks causes it to shrink. Take too long or fire too many blocks without clearing any and you'll reach critical mass and lose.

The interesting thing about this game is that at it's heart it seems to want to be a competitive game. In the base mode there are only 10 levels and they have to be completed in one sitting to get a final score and attempt to get on the leaderboard and this leaderboard seems to be what the developers hoped would keep you coming back. Personally I'm not really a fan of this type puzzle game and the competitive aspects are not a draw to me. If you enjoy doing something multiple times in an attempt to hone your skill then this will be well worth the price of entry. If, like me, you're looking for a more encapsulated experience then its probably best to move on.
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calibrojosh10
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: 29 June, 2015
What I liked:
  • Another relaxing game
  • A 3D match 3 game ( I don't like match 3, but it's cool concept)
What You Need to Know:
  • This really is my kinda game, as you can tell by my hours
  • So this thumbs down is only for people who know they don't like match 3, this game won't change your mind
  • Also the game isn't broken or terrible

My Score:
C

Paid: Included in Bundle
Completed in: Didn't finish

Games I think you would enjoy better:
  • LYNE
  • Mini Metro
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Jmass18
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: 22 June, 2015
a critical experience in this Massive game
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: 7 March
If you're an achievement hunter, avoid. The leaderboard achievements are ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t and may be nearly impossible to get legitly.

Otherwise, it's a good time waster, but wasn't that all fun for me than what I was to believe. I strongly suggest you play the demo first and see if it's fun for you, but I would avoid this game even if you're not going for achievements.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
84 of 89 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
77.4 hrs on record
Posted: 25 November, 2013
Critical Mass is an action puzzle game where you match colored blocks to remove them. The more of a color you remove, the bigger the combo. This review is from a disabled gamer (I only play with a mouse).

http://youtu.be/a6Kdsyvsaks

Loading the game, you can easily access options and change the game to Windowed Mode. Windowed Mode is borderless so you can change windows without exiting the game. There's multiple resolutions you can set the window too. It also has Colorblind Mode which adds a symbol in addiction to the blocks color. Another option I was impressed with was the Mouse Button option that let's you swap each buttons role. There's also a single option for the mouse but it seemed to be picky on exactly where I cllicked which slowed me down. I opt'd to keep using the reversed option.

Actual game modes include Classic, Survival, Meditation and Rush. While most modes do require you to work within various time tables, Meditation is a completely untimed relaxing strategic gameplay. To play the game, rotate the mass with your left mouse button and place blocks with your right mouse button. Many games actually didn't require much rotation so I completed many levels using only 1 mouse button.

If you're a mouse user who can left & right click gameplay should be a breeze! Colorblind gamers should also be fine with colorblind option enabled. It's actually my favorite way to play.
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22 of 27 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: 14 January, 2015
I hate bashing on Ozzie companies. ;p And this isn't an evil, unplayable game. My first impression was good, I played it for a bit, expected to play more, had it installed forever, yet every time I fire it up, I close it after 5 minutes.

It's a match 3 game with some 3D tetris elements. The concept is good. The graphics are polished. The music isn't bad. The controls feel annoying at first, but they're actually mostly okay. The problem is, the gameplay doesn't feel satisfying. It expects (and rewards, scorewise) big combos and long term strategy. It also expects you to be fast and responsive. This should theoretically work, in that zen-like way games like this work, but it doesn't. The rythym and pacing feels all off, it feels like the speed jumps from 1,2,3,4,5 to 50 to 150. Once you get into the zone and start planning ahead for later big score combos, it feels like you blink and the game jumps speed, asking you to go for quick, "just don't make a mistake" placement. That may be totally subjective of course, or it could be that the feeling gets exacerbated by the clunky cube placement process. It simply isn't visually always obvious or easy to correctly target the location you want on a constantly rotating cube, which really hurts the game when it picks up speed. People misplace blocks on tetris too, but usually feel it's their fault, here it feels like the cube jumps place three times before you can be sure it's where it should be. By which time the game has jumped two speed gears and you're basically done with.

Again, not a bad game, in theory. I just never feel like playing it long, because it doesn't feel very enjoyable. The thumbs down is just trying to balance a "very positively" reviewed game, with an 80 something metacritic score that few people seem to actually play much (notice the curiously short play times of the majority of the positive reviewers?). So I'd suggest to approach with caution, and at least play the demo first.
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: 25 November, 2013
Fun and cheap puzzle/arcade game. Has modes for those who prefer casual slow experiences and more fast-paced
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: 1 November, 2013
They weren't kidding when they wrote up the description for this little gem. Brutally simple to learn, simply brutal to master, Critical Mass is the kind of game literally anybody can just pick up and waste hours upon hours of their lives playing, all in a vain attempt to top the charts. And don't think for a second I mean any of that in a bad way. Far from it; Critical Mass possesses a fun, addictive quality rivaled only by the likes of Tetris and similar titles.

In case you still have doubts, bear in mind that this game only costs a measely two bucks, so it won't be a serious dent in your pocketbook even if you turn out to be one of the four or five people globally who don't enjoy it (you know who you are). With that in mind, what do you have to lose? I pride myself for being more discriminating than most when it comes to choosing which games to buy with a rather limited budget, so believe me when I say Critical Mass is a nearly fool-proof purchase!
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: 2 November, 2014
Too many puzzle games rely on complexity--Critical Mass addicts you with absolute simplicity. If you've exercised you hand-eye coordination with FPSs and have a good mind for 3D objects, you'll love this game.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: 10 November, 2014
Definitely worth its low price and I will be recommending it to my friends. It also has a colour blind mode which is a good feature.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: 26 November, 2013
If you like "mindless" puzzle games to relax your brains and give it some break from normal games, you should get this or just atleast try demo to check it out. Totally worth of 2 euros, I like these kind of games (+ music is awesome :3)!
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13 of 21 people (62%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: 26 July, 2014
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.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: 11 January, 2014
This game is immediately very fun, that is the first thing to note. From the very first moment you start it, you'll be hooked, and an hour will have passed before you know it. Along with the great core game, the audio and visuals are sublime. After my first session of playing this game, I started looking on Steam for it's soundtrack. The art, as well, is execlent. I haven't spent much time playing it yet, but that's going to change very soon.

My only issue with this game is that the cubes won't appear if you're using Mac OS and have the in-game overlay turned on. It is, however, a very easy issue to remedy; under your games library, right-click the title, select properties, and disable the in-game overlay. Then, everything will run fine.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: 9 July, 2015
This is a simple extension into the third dimension of a typical match-x game. You start with a vaguely cube shaped pile of blocks and then fire predetermined color blocks onto the mass attempting to connect at least four of a color, causing them to be removed. In it's base mode each fired block causes the mass to grow while matching blocks causes it to shrink. Take too long or fire too many blocks without clearing any and you'll reach critical mass and lose.

The interesting thing about this game is that at it's heart it seems to want to be a competitive game. In the base mode there are only 10 levels and they have to be completed in one sitting to get a final score and attempt to get on the leaderboard and this leaderboard seems to be what the developers hoped would keep you coming back. Personally I'm not really a fan of this type puzzle game and the competitive aspects are not a draw to me. If you enjoy doing something multiple times in an attempt to hone your skill then this will be well worth the price of entry. If, like me, you're looking for a more encapsulated experience then its probably best to move on.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: 7 February, 2014
A fun little game that I play when I don't want to have to think too hard, but still want to challenge myself. The controls are simple and easy to use even on a touch pad. This is one of my favorite mindless puzzle games to go to for relaxation. It is easy to get sucked in and just start a new game over and over again until you have spent hours on the game without realizing it.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: 26 October, 2014
A funny little game.

So I have palyed a small amount of this game, andI I can say it feels like Bejewled. Not the way it plays, but more like the fact that it`s a time killer, it`s ment for you to play like 10 minutes, and then come back to it.

The game is about maching colloured blocks, that are stuck in a cluster in the middle. There are some power ups like a time slower and a multiplier, which will come in handy.

Overall the game is really fun, and there are tons of modes to play. Of couse the goal are the same, but it becomes a bit more of a challenge, when the timer you have to work on is halved!

The problem I have with this game, is that I find it boring, much faster than many other time killer games. I don`t really know what it is. Maybe it`s the play still or the presentation, that gets me off

I give this game a thumps up. 4 out of 10
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24 of 45 people (53%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: 24 August, 2014
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
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: 25 December, 2013
I am usually not too much of a puzzle games guy, except maybe Tetris. But this game has really pulled me back into the genre. This is a game that I just keep finding myself playing. It's great to pass a little time. Plus I always want to replay it to try and exceed my previous score. The graphics are beautiful and the soundtrack is nice. I got it for $0.49 during the Winter Sale. Worth way more than that. Bought two more copies as gifts. Give it a go. You won't be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
93.8 hrs on record
Posted: 7 October, 2015
I love how this game really exercises your 3D spatial reasoning skills. It's a simple and unambitious design, but feels polished and complete.

One minor warning: the immersive and relaxing atmosphere belies how tense it can get; just be ready for most rounds to end with you scrambling to make one more match as the whole thing explodes in your face.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: 3 December, 2013
I must admit, that i got this game because i had 77 cents on steam! But, i din't expect such an addictive and fun game! The video and pictures might make the game seem hard, but it's easy. (at least the controls are) But, there are many so many challenging levels and addictive puzzles, that you want to come back for more! Never makes me bored! It's like the next gen tetris! I highly recommend this game! Get it while it's at it's cheapest! Btw, the music is AWESOME! What's better than placing blocks and watching cubes EXPLODE!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: 24 February, 2015
Critical Mass was a rather intuitive and cute game. The gameplay could get rather repetitive, but every once in the while when I boot up the game, I'm immersed in a rubik's cube elimination like world. Overall 7/10.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: 27 January, 2014
Small indie game.
Good when you have a couple minutes to spare
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