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 (354 reviews) - 79% of the 354 user reviews for this game are positive.
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
4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
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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84 of 89 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
77.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 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).

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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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21 of 26 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 14, 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 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 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
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 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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